Sunday, July 16, 2017

Beloved Hope

"Beloved Hope" by Tracie Peterson continues the tale of the Flanagan sisters as they make their home in 1850 Oregon. This book focuses on Hope. Hope and her sisters, Grace and Mercy, came West in hopes of a better future. What they found was a lot of hard times and heartache along the way. Hope was a carefree and somewhat selfish teenage girl when they started their trip. After enduring the massacre at the mission they were living she has tried to go forward with her life. But everyday she thinks about it and all that was taken from her. She tends to keep to herself and has vowed to never marry. Until she meets Lance Kenner. Lance is a lieutenant in the army and is stationed in Hope's town. Their first meeting is a memorable one and they forge a friendship. Hope is leery of men and tries to keep her distance but Lance is able to slowly crack through the shell around her heart. Lance also has something from his past that he needs to deal with before he can have a future with Hope. Will they both be able to finally have peace and a future full of love?

As usual Tacie Peterson has done a wonderful job of telling a story that draws the reader in until the end. She paints a vivid picture of the characters and what life was like during the time. This is a story that deals with several dark events and shows us that even in our darkest time God is with us and with love and forgiveness we can find hope for a brighter future. I highly recommend reading "Treasured Grace" first so that you can get the full background of Hope's story. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

True to You

"True to You" by Becky Wade takes us to the Pacific Northwest where we meet Nora Bradford and John Lawson. Nora is the owner of a historical village and prefers to bury herself in the past. She suffered a broken heart and finds that it is easier to keep herself in a fictional world. And then she meets John. John is a former Navy SEAL who returned home a hero. John learns he has an inherited medical conditional and hires Nora to help him find his birth parents. While spending time together they both start to fall for each other. However there is one problem; John has a girlfriend. As time passes John realizes his feelings for Nora are getting too deep and knows he must end all connection with her. But he is miserable without her bright personality in his life. When they finally move forward in a relationship they discover that they are more connected than they realize it could cost them a future together.

This is a wonderfully written book that is full of hope, love and mercy. This book takes us on an adventure while also showing us that with God's love and guidance we can overcome any obstacle in our path if we will only place our trust in Him. This book is the first book in the Bradford Sisters Romance and introduces us to many other characters we will see in the next two books. I highly recommend this book. I receved a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Treasured Grace

"Treasured Grace" by Tracie Peterson takes us to 1847 Oregon where we meet sisters Grace, Hope, and Mercy. As the story begins we learn that Grace has just lost her husband on the Oregon Trail and is now in charge of her younger sisters. They have nowhere to go and very limited possessions. They travel onward to the Whitman Mission in hopes of staying through the winter. Grace has been taught the practice of healing with natural remedies but finds her help is not wanted by the doctor that runs the mission. However when an outbreak of measles occurs the local Indians request her help when the doctors ways do nothing for their people. There to help her and guide her is a trapper named Alex. Alex moved to the Oregon territory to escape his past and is determined that he will never love another woman. However he soon finds himself falling for the sweet, gentle Grace and longs to help her in her darkest time.

This is another amazing book by Tracie Peterson. She has the ability to tell a story that draws the reader in and will keep their attention to the end. She also is not afraid to write about dark topics while teaching the reader a lesson. In this book we see that no matter how bad the situation is Grace always turns to God and trusts that He will protect them and guide them to where they need to be. We see how Alex's past has caused turmoil in his life and how he has pushed God away because of it but when tragedy strikes he turns back to God to help him through. This is a wonderful book that tells a tale of hardship and tragedy and also of hope and love. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Redeeming Grace

"Redeeming Grace" by Jill Eileen Smith tells us the story of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi and her family leave Bethlehem and travel to Moab in order to escape the drought and famine in Bethlehem. She did not expect to be gone for long but years of drought force them to stay. She soon loses her husband then her two sons marry Moabite women one of which was Ruth. Throughout the years Ruth becomes to think of Naomi as her mother and when tragedy strikes and Naomi's sons die unexpectedly Ruth remains by her side. The two travel back to Bethlehem and find themselves destitute and at the mercy of others. Ruth goes to the fields every morning to glean the barley in hopes of keeping the two women from starving. She quickly catches the attention of Boaz who offers his protection to her. With the help of Naomi, Ruth goes to Boaz to ask him to be her kinsman redeemer in hopes of securing marriage and a better future. What she and Boaz did not count on was each finding love again.

Jill Eileen Smith does an amazing job of bring the Book of Ruth to life and retelling one of the greatest love stories of all time. She paints a vivid picture of the characters and the setting and makes the reader feel like they are there with Naomi and Ruth. The story of Ruth shows us that even though bad things happen in our lives God is always there with us and loving us. Even when we may drift from Him, His love never wavers. We only need to turn to Him and put our trust in Him and He will see us through our dark times and bring us to a brighter future. I highly recommed this book and all of this author's books as she does a wonderful job of bringing the Bible to life. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Friday, February 17, 2017

In the Shadow of Denali

"In the Shadow of Denali" by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse takes us to 1923 Curry, Alaska. Here, we meet Cassidy Ivanoff and her father John, and Allan Brennan. Cassidy is a cook's assistant at the Curry Hotel which is located at the foot of Mount McKinley or Denali as it is called by the locals. Her father is a wilderness guide in Curry. Allan has travelled to Curry to become John's apprentice. He blames John for his father's death and is in Alaska to try to figure out what really happened on Denali six years before. He finds himself at odds with his new boss. He doesn't want to like him but the more he is around John the more he begins to suspect the story he was told regarding his father's trip may not be the truth. He also finds himself drawn to Cassidy. She always has a bright, positive outlook on life and Allan can't help but falling for her. As Allan begins to uncover truth of what happened to his father danger soon arrives in Alaska.

This was a wonderfully written book that is full of historical detail. This book is set around the dedication of Mount McKinley National Park and the presidential visit in 1923. The author does a good job of drawing the reader in and keeping their interest. She also does a good job of teaching us a lesson while telling a tale. This story shows us through Cassidy that even though our life's journey may be rough God is always with us and will help us to live a happy life if we give our lives over to Him. We also see how God is able to take the bitterness and darkness out of Allan's life when he finally does give his heart to God. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next in the Heart of Alaska series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers.