Matters of the Heart by Heidi Gray McGill

Matters of the Heart JustRead Blog + Review Blitz

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for Matters of the Heart by Heidi Gray McGill, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Matters of the Heart

Title: Matters of the Heart

Series: Discerning God’s Best #3

Author: Heidi Gray McGill

Publisher: Heidi Gray McGill Books LLC

Release Date: July 26, 2022

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance

She determines to champion the needs of others, no matter the fallout.

He’s determined to be his own man and make his own way.

Will stubbornness keep them from discovering God’s best?

Unconventional Katie empathizes with the widows and orphans of the Civil War who are searching for a place to call home in Shumard Oak Bend. But with no one to help her, she’ll need to do it secretly, a challenge she readily accepts. Katie’s taken charge before, and she’ll do it again, no matter whom she has to outwit to get the job done.

Hans vows to stop doing everyone else’s bidding. But he follows orders when a pair of emerald green eyes, blazing red hair, and freckles that dance on the bridge of a pert nose conscript him to duty. Be his own man. Who is he kidding? Skunks don’t change their stripes. They leave disasters in their wake wherever they go, just like him.

Overcoming personal obstacles and finding your true self doesn’t mean going it alone. Yet the answer isn’t always in the one you seek.

True Christian Fiction. Relatable Characters. Life-changing stories.

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Excerpt 2

“So, you’re settling in Shumard Oak Bend?”
He hadn’t considered it until now, but the thought gave him peace. “Yes, I believe it’s as
good a town as any.” He stared off into the distance, seeing red hair bouncing in the wind.
“You are still welcome to build here.”
Hans shook his head. “Thank you, but I think I have a future in Shumard Oak Bend.”
“Might there be a lady there?”
He jerked his gaze to his brother, and the muscle in his neck ached at the quick movement.
He rubbed the spot.
Deep, throaty laughter filled the air as Johann’s hand came to rest on Hans’s shoulder. The
familiar touch crumpled his resolve.
“Yes,” Hans said.

“Does she have a name?”
“Katie. Kathleen Orla Murphy.”
“I see. And what color are her eyes?”
“Green with little golden flecks.” Hans stopped, and his eyes went wide. He slapped his
brother in the chest. “That wasn’t fair.”
“Oh, that was fair and telling.”

My Review

Matters of the Heart is the third book in the Discerning God’s Best series by Heidi Gray McGill. While this is part of a series, I had no issues with reading just this book. Katie has left her home and lives with her aunt. She has a dream of having an orphanage. Hans has left his brother’s home to get away from his sister-in-law and start a new life. He is plagued with dreams from his time in the Civil War. Both Hans and Katie have caring hearts.

This is a well written story with many wonderful characters. I liked how Reverend Jenkins explains the difference of being a pastor and being a preacher and of his observations of Hans. I enjoyed the good natured teasing the community gave Hans. It was fun to read how Aideen became the owner of the boarding house and restaurant.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.


Heidi Gray McGill

Whether historical or contemporary, you will find Heidi Gray McGill‘s works to be true Christian Fiction, full of God’s redeeming love. Everything Heidi writes is purposeful. She believes in bringing a reader into the awareness of who God is to them and how He interacts with them on a personal level. She does this by crafting characters so relatable you feel part of who they are. Heidi reaches deep into the reader’s heart through masterfully written words and offers ways toward healing by seamlessly applying God’s Word throughout her stories.

Connect with Heidi by visiting her website to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive an Amazon Fire 7 tablet.

Matters of the Heart JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 16, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 23, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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3 thoughts on “Matters of the Heart by Heidi Gray McGill

  1. Eva Millien

    Great excerpt, Matters of the Heart sounds like a book that I will really enjoy reading, thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, lakesidelivingsite, for sharing your review!

    Have a splendid day!

    Liked by 1 person

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