SHACKLED BY HER PAST, ONE WOMAN SEARCHES FOR HEALING, FORGIVENESS, AND LOVE.
Heart of the Frontier
by Tracie Peterson
A Compelling Novel of Forgiveness and Hope from Leading Author Tracie Peterson
Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace's new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope's mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.
Hope's precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.
As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana. pen name: Janelle Jamison
To start with, I would definitely read the first book in the series to get the background on the characters. Ms. Peterson wrote a beautiful Christian story of a strong woman and everything she faced. You immediately love Hope Flanagan. She's the type of woman you would stand beside you. She was a strong frontier woman who faced a heart break that most women would totally fall apart over. You will definitely need a tissue to dab at the tears you will cry. The author places you right beside her as she grieves, begins the healing process and continues her life. You grieve with her, you want to take her in your arms and tell her, it will be alright. Your arms ache to hug her. Hope is living in the hard times of the frontier days when you had to be strong to survive but her strength, for a woman in those days, went far beyond strength. It was pure intestinal fortitude. The author wrote with such detail that you are back in the day when the streets were nothing but mud or dust. You could picture Hope's clothing and the unpainted, weather worn buildings. You are taken back in time. There were no modern conveniences so you felt the heat of the sun overhead with no fans or air conditioning. You could taste the dust as the wind blew it up from the unpaved streets. That was life back then. It was hard, it was tough but that was life back then. Different problems, different ways but still similar to today. Hope was what every woman hopes to be. Strong and a survivor. Of course, there's the romance in there. Hope deserves someone to stand beside her, not someone to stand up for her because she can definitely do that herself, but she deserves love. Will she find that? Please read. You have to follow Hope and you may even find some strength from this woman who is the definition of strength. An amazing and empowering book.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Book Reviewers and the author and voluntarily decided to review it.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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