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Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson

Hope Flanagan has seen complete horrors that no one should ever witness. In this novel by Tracie Peterson, Beloved Hope, you see the continuation of her new series, Heart of the Frontier. In this book the focus is on Hope and the horrific ordeal she went through in the first novel. It begins by letting you know that those responsible for the rapes and murders have been arrested and are now standing trial for their crimes.

Hope is terrified that she will need to testify against Tomahas because she has worked very hard to bury those memories by raising her sheep and developing a cliental for her hand spun yarn and now all those memories are resurfacing. Lieutenant Lance Kenner is ready to leave his military service and begin a new life back in Louisiana, however before his service is up, he is ordered to take care of the Indian prisoners during the trial to make sure that they are treated humanely.

During the trial Hope decides to take justice into her own hands and this is where she and Lance meet, in the jail cell with Hope pointing a gun at Tomahas. The story then starts with their friendship and grows into love. Tracie does a good job of growing the characters from the first novel. She also expertly handles the tension between the Indians and the new settlers very well and covers this difficult time in American history fairly.

I like the book, though there are some rough subject matters but they are covered in a very proper way with no over the top violence needed. There is a strong message of restoring faith and reconnecting to God.


This book was given to me by Netgalley for my honest opinion.

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Treasured Grace By Tracie Peterson

Treasured Grace is the newest novel by Tracie Peterson and is set in the 1840’s when Americans were moving and settling out west. This novel is a little different from many of Tracie’s previous work, there is still a strong message of faith but this story has more violence and takes on a very tough part of our American history.

With that being said, the violence is not overly graphic but along with touching on the trouble between settling Americans and the local Indian tribes, there is also the fact that many of the women in this story are sexually assaulted and raped. As with any of Tracie’s novels, this one has characters that are very well developed and there is a strong story line.

The main character, Grace is a young women moving west with her new missionary husband. This marriage was a marriage of mutual convenience, not a marriage of love. However, on the trip west he comes down with cholera and does not survive.

Grace has been trained by her mother and grandmother in the art of midwifery and the use of natural herbal healing remedies, she is able to use these remedies to help both the locals at the missionary and some of the surrounding local Indians as she and her sisters wait to travel to meet her Uncle. During her stay she meets a trapper, Alex and slowly a romantic relationship begins.

I enjoyed the story even though it tackled a lot of very tough subject matters but it was done using faith and with a Christian message.


This book was given to be by Netgalley for my honest opinion.

 

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