"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.