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Amanda Bodine S Boss Is So Bossy The Hard Nosed Newspaperman Will Only Assign Reporter Amanda Bodine Fluff Pieces About Dog Shows She Longs To Prove Herself With A Serious Front Page Story But Then Her Own Family Becomes Newsworthy Suddenly, Ross Lockhart Is Sitting Beside Her At Sunday Dinner, Interviewing Her Relatives And He Almost Seems Like Part Of The Family Until She Realizes He S After Information That Will Tarnish The Bodine Name Time To Teach The Boss About The Real Heart Of The Matter Love Cute A nice clean story with the chance to get to know multiple family members in the Bodine Family A little suspense, a little mystery and of coursea little love. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book for a light summer read, Twice in a Lifetime, in The Bodine Family series, so I thought I would try this sequel.But this sequel had less summer sunshine, less beach, less Miz Callie and her compassion, less Lindsay and her charm.Not very often, but occasionally, I run across a Love Inspired book that makes me think the male romantic interest is suitable for a villain character than a romance The last such one I read was Lee McClain s Small Town Nanny Yes, Heart of the Matter did have a couple different characters as the villains.In Heart of the Matter, Ross showed himself to be primarily cranky, but also rude, domineering, enjoying intimidating others, manipulative, and cold hearted in not caring about the people C J and her grandma that he would hurt with his news story Not marriage material, or even dating material for that matter.After his cranky, rude tirade, he touched Amanda, innocently, on the arm I know I like my personal space than most people do, but that just felt wrong to me intimidating, repugnant He had not been invited into her personal space and had not earned the trust to be that close One does not earn such trust with shouted put downs and ultimatums I would not have reacted as nicely as Amanda did Probably would ve just shrugged off his hand with the best look of disgust I could muster, never mind that he was the boss But if he had persisted, there are a few good self defense moves Not fallen for him He had jerk written all over him If he had been able to work through the issues to come to real resolution and reconciliation, then possibly, but for most of the book, he just kept getting worse and worse.A teen s negative attitude can t realistically be turned around so quickly in just one conversation It takes work, on both sides of the issues, and is bound to be much complicated than that.Likewise, the lack of repercussions with C.J s landlord didn t seem very realistic to me.Miz Callie gave out some very good and some very bad advice in this book.First, the good You know perfectly well, Manda, that you rush right into doing things because they re good, and that s a beautiful quality But maybe you need to take time to find out if they re the good things God has in mind for you Then, the bad Amanda had said, I love him Miz Callie s response Then you ll want him to have his heart s desire, child That s what loving is, even when it hurts Now, admittedly, Amanda took that advice into a different context, but it wasn t a good one, not when Ross s heart s desire was to get a news story that unnecessarily hurt other people C.J and her grandma I would say that it depends on what one s heart s desire IS If it is hurting themselves or others, it s not good for them to persist in that, and it s not good for others to enable that Enabling someone in a destructive path is not loving them It is not good, not best, not nourishing for someone s own soul to behave destructively.It would ve been a interesting story if the ending about Amanda s dad had been different, but probably the number of pages were too limited to discuss such a theme.One of the characters in this book came to sudden belief in God while listening to another person pray That stood out to me, because I ve had a friend tell me that she became a Christian because she listened to someone pray She d tried to hold onto her beliefs, amid doubts in her early adult years, because of the verse, But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it 2 Timothy 3 14 She recognized the genuine faith of those from whom she d learned the tenets of Christianity, but as for herself believing, she didn t truly believe until she heard a friend praying aloud for her She didn t believe, but then suddenly, hearing that prayer, she did A beautiful thing, and a beautiful story.In Heart of the Matter, though, the character who came to faith, overhearing a prayer, seemed tenuous to me It seemed like this character now recognized there was a God becoming a deist, but not that Jesus, the Son of God, died for our sins.And even if this character had become a Christian, that does not mean that all the issues would suddenly resolve pleasantly They would take time to work through, and there is the danger that the character would place faith in others his love interest or family rather than truly in God. It was interesting to see Ned Bodine s saga continue and to find an additional piece of the puzzle I was surprised in how that came about I can empathize with Amanda s work struggles about which stories she was assigned and being taken for a fluff reporter rather than one with skills She does seem to be a good mentor to C.J I do wonder which makes the reporter the ruthlessness to pursue a true story even if someone gets hurt or the caring aspect for the human interest or some combination of the two I suspect it s a combination there are times when someone is going to be hurt by the truth but there are also times that a human interest angle can make a story intriguing to me.I can t see Amanda liking Ross romantically given his behavior though he does develop a heart by the end and starts thinking beyond the next big story that will restore his journalism career to its former prestige Perhaps there might be hope for them in the future if his change of heart is a true one but not as quickly as it happened in this novel. I did not have the benefit of having read the first book in this series but with the background provided in the story I didn t miss much I liked he writing style and the portrayal of the characters The grandma in particular.