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?
This book picked up the story of the three sisters that we met in Treasured Grace and continues it, with Hope as the main character. She is still hurting, bitter, and fearful as a result of the attack on the Whitman Mission. This story was more character-driven than action-filled, but there were some suspenseful moments. Justice was served to some of the perpetrators of the Whitman Mission Massacre, a horrific event, but author Tracie Peterson deals with it delicately and appropriately. It is a story of hope; seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of despair.
I thought it was great that the story for each of the sisters continued, which gave cohesion to the series. This novel could be read as a stand-alone, though.
Fans of "prairie" fiction will enjoy this tale, set in Oregon in the 1850s.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
About the Author:
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.
Visit Tracie's web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com