The dangers of the west are approached from a different venue than Tracie ususally takes. I loved Deborah's mom and her brother Rob. Rich characters and the hints of trouble to come in the sequel with Stuart and Lizzie's mom were great. Also, the tidbits of the women's suffrage movement were an interesting twist. Not to mention Traci's well-crafted story telling.
Ember Of Love by Tracie Peterson takes place in Philadelphia, June 1885 where Elizabeth Decker, known as Lizzy is about to be married to a man she does not love. Stuart Albright is a well known man and his father is friends with President Cleveland and her mother is very involved in women's rights, so much so that she is divorced from her husband and was never there for Lizzy as she grew up. But now that Lizzy is a grown woman her mothers was wanting her to join her in the fight for women's rights so she decided she would marry the first man that ask her just to prove that she didn't have to do as her Mother tried to make her.
She had went to college and her friend Deborah was fixing to go home to Texas as soon as the wedding was over. Deborah talked Lizzy into not marring Stuart and catching the train to Texas with her, as her brother was waiting at the depot to take her home. Lizzy decided to leave instead of getting married so she went to Texas and met Deborah's bother G.W. This did not go over well with Stuart or her mother, but she really liked Texas and learned how to cook and do household chores.
Soon Stuart and Lizzy's mother showed up and was determined to take Lizzy back to Philadelphia with them so much so they pretended that Lizzy and Stuart were married because of the papers they had signed before the wedding was to take place. This had Lizzy worried so she contacted her father and he found out she was not married.
Does Lizzy stay in Texas or does her mother talk her into going back and have a marriage with no love.
This book was a really good read, full of history, love and the right for women to vote. Thanks so much to Bethany House for sending me this copy to review.