Saturday, 18 November 2017

Review Catch Up Marathon: Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

Bethany House; 320 pages; $15.99; Amazon

It's been a busy week for me, as most of my free time has been used to get the house ready for Thanksgiving Day, which wasn't an easy task when I had an ear infection and caught a flu bug (again). Tonight, I'm going to try and write and schedule several posts for next week, which, hopefully, will include all my Review Catch Up Marathon posts.

Earlier this year, Bethany House Publishing (a division of Baker Publishing Group) released Treasured Grace, book one in the Heart of the Frontier series) by Tracie Peterson.

Set in 1847, the novel centers on Grace Martindale, a young woman who took the responsibility of raising her younger sisters, Hope and Mercy, after their parents had died. As head of the household, she makes the decision to travel with a missionary, Dr. Marcus Whitman, and his wife, as they head west for a mission for the winter.

Life at the mission, doesn't exactly go as planned when a measles outbreak occurs, threatening to kill everyone. Grace must help a Cayuse native, and a fur trapper named Alex Armistead use natural remedies to aid the sick, despite the objects of Dr. Whitman.

As the death roll rises, so does the tensions between the settlers and the natives.

Final Thoughts

While I was well of the Whitman Mission massacre that took place in 1847, this is the first-time I've read a novel centered around the event. Tracie Peterson has creatively weaved together real-life historical characters with fictional characters, but I had a few issues with the book. Starting with the narration, it felt too wooden compared to other novels by the author. Some of the actions by the Grace and Alex were unrealistic.

Overall, Treasured Grace was slightly disappointing read. The plot was intriguing, but I didn't care for the way the novel was written. I'm hoping book two will be better.

*Note : I received a complimentary copy in from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Tracie Peterson's love for history and research fuels the bestselling stories she writes. She is the author of over one hundred novels and the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

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