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Treasured Grace

Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier #1)

Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on.

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible. – from the Publisher

Author Tracie Peterson is back writing historical fiction. This is the good news about Treasured Grace. The novel places the reader among the true incident of the Whitman massacre and through the events of the novel, the reader sees how such an event could affect both victim and community. The subjects touched on are not light but true to the historical time.

The character of Grace did not seem as developed or written in such a way that this reader did not have investment into her. There was a little bit of a romance but it did not seem to be the focal point of the story. For those looking for romance, another Tracie Peterson novel would suit the reader’s taste. For readers who like historical fiction and learning about an event not well known outside of the west, take this read for a spin.

Note: I was given an electronic copy via Net Galley and the publisher, Bethany House for an honest review.


Sarah’s Surrender


Sarah’s Surrender by Vickie McDonough

Sarah Worley has lived with the Coulter’s for several years after escaping a situation that greatly impacted her outlook on life. Luke McNeil also lived with the Coulter’s as their foreman and best friend of Gabe Coulter. Luke and Sarah have been friends for years but for Luke his feelings for Sarah have changed. He asks her to marry him but she rejects him setting out instead to journey and try to win the lottery in the Oklahoma land lottery. Will Luke change her mind about himself and men in general?

This entry is the third in the Land Rush Dreams series by Vickie McDonough. This title can be read as a standalone. The pacing is fast and the characters while not deeply flushed out are written in such a way that the reader learns to care about Sarah and Luke and root them on both individually and as a potential couple. This story is one of independence and forgiveness.  Readers who enjoy historical fiction, stories with family focus and a gentle romance will enjoy this book.

Note: I was given an electronic copy via Net Galley and the publisher, Barbour Publishing for an honest review.

Refining Fire by Tracie Peterson


Militine Scott, an orphan, is training at the Madison School for Brides in Seattle, Washington. Her background has led her to the decision to never marry even though she is at a school for brides. As all good romances start, Militine has started a friendship with a handsome man, Thane Patton. Thane has grown to have feelings and hopes to one day win Militine’s heart and commitment to him.

This book is the second in the Brides of Seattle series. It can be read as a standalone. The story takes place in the 1880’s in a Seattle which is continuing to boom after the Gold Rush. The story centers around two couples. They are best friends Militine Scott and Abbriana along with Thane and Wade. Departing from her recent stories, Tracie seems to go back to her older series where the historical setting is an important part of the story. The two couples romantic interests are moved forward throughout the story with a climatic fire that makes both couples reevaluate their friendship. The book also tackles when a community has a new pastor who has very different views from their congregation.

Tracie Peterson certainly wrote a story with balance of historical setting and romance. Most of her recent books are more romance with the historical setting taking a backseat. If you are a reader who likes historical romances with a emphasis on the historical setting, you will definitely enjoy this title. If you are a reader who enjoys romance, you might be disappointed in the story. Tracie Peterson’s hard core fans will gobble this entry to the Brides of Seattle series up. This title reminded me of her Alaskan Quest series which I would recommend to any reader who enjoyed this title.

I received this e-Arc from NetGalley and Bethany House  in exchange for an honest review.

Love Without End

Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

Chet Leonard lost his son and wife and over the last few years has been trying to keep his remaining family together.  His family has owned his ranch for more than two generations and eighty-four year old, Anna McKenna has seen it all. Anna has moved back to help Chet when they meet a fifteen year-old  Tara Welch and her mom, Kimberly. Kimberly recently moved to town having no where else to go after her husband died leaving them with financial troubles. Chet feeling sorry, agrees to help Tara learn how to ride a horse in exchange for lessons.

This book will not disappoint fans of Robin Lee Hatcher.  Although at first glance, it appears to be a romantic western, it reads more like a cozy read. The romance between Chet and Kimberly seems secondary to the revelation of Chet’s family and Anna’s role among the two generations. Anna’s life is revisited via flashbacks intermixed with the blooming romance between Chet and Kimberly and the friendship between their children. The characterization of Chet and Kimberly were not as detailed as one would think for a romance book but the character development of Anna keeps the reader engaged with the story. This is a quick and enjoyable read but in my opinion, not one of the best books written by Robin Lee Hatcher.


I received this e-book free from the publisher  through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Salt and Storm

 Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

In historical New England, Avery Roe plans on taking on her family’s legacy. She desires to be the witch of Prince Island. Tane, a tattooed harpoon boy, Avery believes is the boy of her destiny. Avery’s talent is being able to interpret dreams. Unfortunately, that talent leads her to foretell her own death. To stop her murder, she might have to see the love of her life, Tane, removed from her life.

This historical fiction book seems well researched. The reader learns quite a bit about the whaling industry. It is a unique experience for the reader who likes witch book. The plot focuses around Avery’s desire to be the next witch at Prince Island. Kulper writes in a style that you can picture whaling world on Prince Island and her interaction with the members of the community.

There are surprises within the story, a main character was killed, but the ending is pretty predictable. The book was readable but not the page turner that was anticipated. Give this title to the teen reader who likes historical fiction, a quirky read or a well written story.

Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, Little Brown for Young Readers.

The Lady and the Officer



The Lady and the Officer by Mary Ellis

Madeline Howard lost everything when she lost her husband and then her house during the Civil War. Before losing her house she meets an officer in the Northern army who makes an impact on her heart. AT the same time, Madeline in a brief stint at a medical hospital ended up helping Colonial Haywood from the South and saving his life. She is forced to move to the South even though her heart belongs to the North. Trying to help her Northern officer, James, she begins to spy for the North.

This historical fiction book is the second in a series and can be read as a stand – alone. The story moves quickly along and keeps the reader engaged. The reader begins to understand the impact on how the civil war impacted the citizens of the war as well as the men who served. The book was well researched with information about a variety of battles and strategic movements of the troops as well as the struggle of the troops getting supplies. Although a historical fiction book there is a love triangle that takes place and it isn’t until the end of the book until the reader discovers who Madeline picks. The romance is not the main focus of the book but helps move the character Madeline through living on both sides of the war as many folks living in that era experienced. Highly recommend to any reader who enjoys historical fiction especially during the civil war period.

Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, Harvest House

Raina’s Choice

Raina’s Choice by Gilbert Morris

Raina Vernay and her sister were left the Silver Dollar Salon and all seemed fine. That is until Raina’s sister married a mean man who had designs on Raina. Raina makes the decision to sell her half of the saloon and place herself in the hands of a prisoner, Ty Kincaid, a man she breaks out of prison. The plan is to leave Mexico and head towards Arkansas. He escaping his life in Mexico and she searching for her father.

This is the third title in the Western Justice series. (Here is my review of the second title in the series, (https://covioutdoors.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/sabrinas-man/ ) Although this is part of a series, this title can be read as a standalone. The story moves steadily along but is not a page turner. Raina’s Choice is a familiar and comfortable read for Gilbert Morris’s fans.

The events that Raina and Ty encountered on their way to Arkansas are realistic and keep the tension on whether they will reach their destination. The reader can tell early on in the story that a friendship, if not a romance, is in their future. Raina’s Choice shows how a strong woman has to make her own choices for her life. This includes what type of life she wants and what type of man to share her life. The character of Raina is realistic in her longing for a better life, a relationship with her father and the longing for a place to call home.  This title is recommended to any Gilbert Morris fan and readers who enjoy romance/westerns.

Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, Barbour Publishing.