Embers of Love, Striking a Match Series #1Embers of Love, Striking a Match Series #1
Tracie Peterson
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After being educated in the east, Deborah Vandermark returns to Perkinsville, Texas, where her family is part of the thriving logging industry. She brings along an unexpected companion-her best friend, who is fleeing a wedding and groom she has no interest in. A determined matchmaker, Deborah sets her sights on uniting her brother and friend in what she hopes will be a true love match.

Then Deborah meets Christopher Clayton, the town's new doctor-and quickly realizes she has a much greater interest in medicine and science than the bookkeeping she studied at college. Soon Deborah is caught between her fascination for doctoring and her obligation to her family. And in the midst of her warring emotions is the doctor himself. Are her tumultuous feelings for the man, or for what he can teach her?
     


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Tracie petersonTracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 70 novels. She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. Tracie and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.

Favorite Verse: Joshua 1:9 (NIV) - "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

 


 

 Our Christmas Interview with Tracie Peterson


 

What inspired you to write A Prairie Christmas?

I loved the research of logging and sawmills in East Texas in the 1880s.  I wanted to tell a saga about a family who lived in this setting with a heroine who loved her family and state, but also went through some confusion about where God wanted her in life.

Any deleted scenes you’d like to share now? (Please set it up before you share it.)

Nope„Ÿthe story came out just as I wrote it.

What is your favorite Christmas recipe?

Yum„Ÿjust thinking of Christmas foods makes me hungry.  We had great sugar cookies, fudge, and divinity.  My mother and grandmother could make some pretty incredible dishes for the holidays that included homemade egg noodles and chicken, meatloaf, eggplant casserole, as well as pies and cakes that came from long-handed-down recipes.

Can you share a favorite memory from the holidays?

My favorite memories are always ones that surround family.  I have such wonderful memories of my children at Christmas„Ÿgoing sledding, drinking hot chocolate, enjoying the music of Christmas, and driving around looking at Christmas lights.  Maybe one of the most precious memories I have is of expecting my third child during the Christmas season.  Doctors wanted me to abort him, telling me they were certain blood tests pointed to there being problems with the pregnancy and the baby.  I remember being so overwhelmed with sorrow over the situation and being so worried and miserable during a time when I should have been filled with joy.  I happened to be performing in a choir cantata that year at church, and as we were practicing I was praying for peace of mind regarding the pregnancy.  As I poured my heart out to God, we began singing part of Handel’s Messiah: “For unto us a Child is born …unto us a Son is given.”  I was suddenly blessed with such peace of mind, I felt God’s presence and His assurance that everything was going to be fine.  And it was.  On Mother’s Day the next year I gave birth to a perfectly healthy son.  God’s faithfulness was evident then just as it is now.

What is your favorite Christmas song/hymn?

O Holy Night.” I love this song for the way it reminds me of Jesus’ birth and the wonder of His deity.

Does your family have any Christmas traditions?

We usually gather for church on Christmas Eve, have a nice dinner, and read the Christmas story.  Later that night we will watch A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott.  On Christmas morning, we open gifts.  We’ll have an easygoing Christmas dinner, usually sandwiches, snack foods, soups, salads.  And over the last ten years, we have gone to a movie on Christmas afternoon.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

I love A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott, and A Christmas Story (about a little boy who wants a Red Ranger BB gun).

Do you have a favorite Christmas book?

Again, I love  Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  I think the story is a powerful reminder that we need to connect to one another—to let go of the past (or drag it around with us for all time)—and to love one another with a generous heart.

 


 

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