Hannah Dandridge has always been the dutiful daughter, raising her young half-siblings as her own when their mother died. Leaving her beau behind when her father moved them all from Mississippi to Texas. Doing what was expected of her.
But now her father is missing, perhaps even killed, and shes got to make some decisions on her own. While it would be easy to follow the advice of others, including her fathers law partner who wants to marry her, Hannah is more than ready to stand on her own two feet.
William Barnett was dragged into a war he didnt believe in. Still recovering from a wound to his leg, he returns to his familys ranch only to find it overtaken by another family. Texas has seceded from the Union and anyone who wore the blue uniforms wasnt wanted there. But William plans to stay and fight for what is his. Which may include the spunky Hannah Dandridge living on his ranch.
Nice story that hits some sensitive points about those who fought for what they believed in, and those who didnt. A complex look at what the Civil War meant, wrapped in a nice romance.
I love Tracie Peterson's books and this one is no exception, It takes place in Texas (hence Lone Star Series)
I like series books because you can follow their lives, by the time you get to the second book in the series, it doesn't make sense why the events in the first book took place, but by the time you get to the third book in the series, it makes sense why the first book's events took place.
"Chasing the Sun" by Tracie Peterson is her first in the "Land of the Lonestar" series. Set in Civil War-era Texas, the story focuses on a young woman named Hannah Dandridge. Her widowed father's disappearance leaves her young siblings in her care along with a ranch to run. William Barnett is a soldier returning after being wounded to reclaim his ranch which had been seized due to his family's loyalties in the war. Her father's law partner, Herbert Lockhart, adds intriguing complications to the story.
Overall, the characters are likeable and flushed out. Hannah's strong will and determination made her a compelling character. The compassion that she sought to demonstrate was remarkable as well. In some instances, it really took a bit of courage but the payoffs were well worth it. The story flowed well and the plot had enough twists and turns to keep it engaging. Themes of forgiveness, redemption, compassion, and love run strong in this novel.
As a big fan of Peterson's work, I was excited to pick up this book and it did not disappoint. I felt it was significantly better that her previous couple of series. I'm definitely looking forward to the next two installments of this Texas trilogy!
(I've received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers through the Book Blogger program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.)