Breathe, Homeward Trilogy Series #1   -     By: Lisa T. Bergren
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Devastated by the loss of four sons to tuberculosis and his wife in childbirth, a Philadelphia patriarch sends his three living children west in 1883 to make a new life in the clean mountain air of Colorado Springs. Odessa is struggling to survive consumption; Moira is beautiful and dangerously headstrong; and pugnacious Dominic is charged with establishing a new arm of the family business--a business he doesn't want.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.88 (inches)
ISBN: 1434767086
ISBN-13: 9781434767080
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Series: Homeward Trilogy

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Set in the gloriously colorful landscape of the Front Range of the Rockies, popular selling author Lisa T. Bergren’s novel Breathe provides an entertaining story of hope, love, and mystery.

Odessa “Dess” St. Clair arrives in Colorado Springs in the 1800s. Her father, in a desperate effort to save Odessa’s life from the consumption that has claimed half their family, has sent her and her siblings, Dominic and Moira, to the Springs to open a bookshop and to admit Odessa to a hospital that helps consumptives recover. As Odessa begins her treatments at the hospital, she witnesses some strange events that lead to the death of a fellow patient—who just happens to be the owner of a rich ore vein that is hidden deep in mining country. Dess’s suspicions about the death increase as she and Bryce McAllan, co-inheritors of clues to the mine’s entrance, begin looking for answers. In the meantime, Moira is courted by a shady sheriff, and Dominic must fight ghosts and problems from his past. If Dess can regain her ability to breathe in the clear Colorado air, maybe she can help her family and also find the answers she’s looking for. Simultaneously, she is suffocating spiritually, often wondering if her physical ailments are the results of spiritual failings, knowing that God can sometimes allow a crisis into our lives to make us aware of other problems we made be overlooking.

Historically accurate locations and characters make this novel come alive in its setting. For example, characters travel through the Garden of the Gods to visit General Palmer, who was the founder of Colorado Springs, and his wife at their home at Glen Eyrie, an English-style Tudor mansion which is still open to the public today. Details feel well-researched, and characters operate well within the time period’s norms and standards, which is refreshing in historical fiction. The plot is well done, if slightly predictable, and enjoyable. Ultimately, they solve more than one mystery, in that the insights they gain on God’s provision, His patience and guidance, and His perfect timing lead them to understand why they came to Colorado, and how they can serve the Lord and mankind in this new locale.

This historical romance will likely appeal to women who are searching for a heartwarming love story with a touch of mystery and adventure. Odessa is a relatable character whose values enable the reader to learn from her life and experiences. Readers who would like to experience the lush Colorado scenery of the 19th century should find a way to sit near an open window in the sunshine with this book, breathing deeply of fresh air. With the help of their imaginations and the great descriptions and historical accuracy the book provides, they might find themselves in the West of a century and a half ago. – Lyndi Markus, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 23, 2013
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    SUMMARY:

    Dominic and Moira St Clair must accompany their sister, Odessa, to Colorado Springs in hopes of finding a cure for the consumption ailing her. While in the care of the sanitarium, Odessa witnesses a murder of a new aquaintance, patient and friend, Sam O'Toole. Left with a poem containing clues to Sam's silver mine, Odessa meets his captivating and appealing neighbor Bryce McAllan. Amid Odessa's fight to breathe again, Moira and Dominic (Nic) encounter their own struggles in a newly established town.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    "Breathe" captured my interest from the first chapter. With many characters involved in the story, each must endure a challenge which will keep the pages turning. Written from captivating points of view, even with a bit of a mystery intertwined, each chapter blends into the next, hardly allowing the reader a place to pause. Set in the late 1800's, this book will enlighten as well as entertain.

    Thrilled that this is the first book in a trilogy, I look forward to continuing to read one of my new favorite authors.
  2. Annie
    Hudsonville, MI
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book to my breathe away
    November 16, 2011
    Annie
    Hudsonville, MI
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "I am not usually fond of writing reviews for books, neither do I find myself being able to find the right words and emotions to express what I truly find on my journey's with the characters of each book. But with Waterfall I couldn't help but reveal my two cents." - AnnieRL

    Not being a bookworm, nothing fit my categories. When I picked up Breathe, I couldn't put it down! Every word played through my mind with passion, fear and excitement.

    ~

    To make a new life, she'll have to learn how to breathe again...

    "Devastated by the loss of four sons to tuberculosis and his wife in childbirth, a Philadelphia patriarch sends his three living children west in 1883 to make a new life in the clean mountain air of Colorado Springs. Odessa is struggling to survive consumption; Moira is beautiful and dangerously headstrong; and pugnacious Dominic is charged with establishing a new arm of the family business-a business he doesn't want. Readers will love The Homeward Trilogy, in which the St. Clair siblings struggle to follow where the heavenly Father leads them. In Breathe, Odessa arrives at a famous sanitarium seeking a cure for the disease that killed her brothers. While Moira and Nic establish themselves in Colorado Springs society, Dessa inches her way back to health . . . and into love with a soft spoken fellow patient, rancher Bryce McAllan. When she witnesses a murder-in the very hospital where she is recuperating-and other patients begin to die, Dessa struggles to breathe again. She'd always expected to die young, but now that she has a reason to live, can she hold on to her fragile health to solve the mystery?" - Goodreads review.

    My Two Cents

    With the battle of Consumption, Odessa St. Clair must unravel the true cause of Sam O'Toole's death. Leading into a mystery romance, Odessa is completely taken by the handsome rancher, Bryce McAllen whom has always dreamed of sailing the seas, but his true desire is to bring all three hundred of his horses through the winter storms. After the burial of Sam O'Toole, Bryce gets confronted by a highly suspicious attorney being given two envelopes addressed to him and Odessa. When Odessa opens up the letter from Sam, revealing a poem clearly giving her clues to find his mine, she must consider her both options, fighting this horrible illness that captured her body or follow the poem only truly risking her life.

    When Bryce left the sanatorium leaving Odessa completely lonely, he soon returns for her finding out she has also left the sanatorium with better health, but has something else taken her away from him besides her health?

    ~

    I loved the connection between all the characters. It was written so beautifully, and it played well in my mind. I didn't dislike anything to be honest. I loved how Odessa fought the consumption, only trusting God through the whole process. Her stubborn side only made her think of how to crack the mystery, risking her life in anything. I also adored the different point of views Lisa Tawn Bergren did. She explained everyone's stories, from Odessa St. Clair to Moira St. Clair to Dominic St. Clair to the Sheriff and she even wrote in Bryce's point of view. I just loved it. Everyone had their own story which weaved into the whole plot of Breathe. One thing that bothered me a bit (in a good way, not a bad way), was how Sheriff Reid Bannock imagined Moira and his hold on her. His way of explaining his love for her and how he would have her, one way or another. Lisa did a great job carefully choosing her words which made me fall in love with the novel within just a few chapters. This novel put me in suspense and made me dive into it as if I there. I liked everything about it and I hope you get the chance to share your opinions as well!

    Warnings:

    Romance between Moira and the sheriff may get a bit racy. Depending on what you read, I would recommend this book for ages 15+.
  3. Claudia
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic!
    September 15, 2011
    Claudia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Breathe has everything: Love, adventure, suspense, drama, very good characters and a great plot!

    Lisa T. Bergren is an excellent writer!
  4. Christin
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 6, 2011
    Christin
    I found the story very exciting and at times I could not put the book down. At certain points I became so enthralled in the story that my heart raced along with the characters. I felt part of the story and was truly concerned for the characters and what was going on.
  5. Michelle
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 15, 2010
    Michelle
    Breathe by Lisa T. Bergren is absolutely incredible! I can't say enough about this wonderful book. The story blends a beautiful historical with thrilling, edge-of-your-seat suspense. The setting is magnificent and the author makes you feel as if you are truly there. There is great family drama between the siblings, as well as great romance. This book has it all! The writing is simply outstanding. From page one I was totally engrossed and couldn't bear to put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It has something for everyone with action, drama, suspense, and romance.
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