A Moment In Time is the second book of Tracie Peterson's Lone Star Brides series. The book tells the story of Alice Chesterfield, a shy young woman who is haunted by her past. The book also tells the continued story of Marty and Jacob Wythe (their story continues from the first book in the series, A Sensible Arrangement). We find out that Alice worked for Marty as her maid and through the passage of time has now become close friends. The economic crisis forces Marty and Jacob to move from Colorado to Texas, where Marty is reticent to go. Alice goes with them and finds family, love, and healing.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Tracie Peterson writes such beautiful characters and describes great scenery that transports you to a different time and into beloved characters' lives. After I finished reading this book, I felt that it was a must to read the first book because I wanted to further appreciate the growth of these characters. Overall, this book depicts the beauty of the love of a family, friendship, healing, and God's steadfast love.
Note: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Lone Star Brides series. This book focuses on Alice Chesterfields story but includes further details about Jake and Marty. Alice was introduced in the first book as Marty Olsons maid. The two have grown close and become like sisters. Hard times have fallen in Colorado and Martys husband Jake decides it is best if they move back to Texas. He leaves Marty and Alice behind until her can get established there.
During their time in Colorado, Alice discovers secrets from her past and is unsure how to handle the news she has been given. Shortly after finding out this information, Jake sends money for them to travel to Texas. Although Marty still does not want to move to Texas, Alice is relieved as she believes it will be a new start for her. While in Texas Alice is introduced to Robert, Martys nephew. She quickly falls for him but withholds her feelings as he is promised to another girl, Jessica. What will Alice do as she does not want to come in between the man she loves and Jessica? How will Alice handle more secrets that are discovered from her past?
I really enjoyed this book as it began where the last book ended. I enjoyed learning more about Alice and seeing Martys story played out. I also loved reading about Martys family and their neighbors working together to help each other out. Unlike other series books that I have read, I believe it is best to read the first book in this series. The author does include some information so a reader would have a sense of what is going on but there are so many details provided in the first book. Many unanswered questions from the first book are answered but not all of them. Hopefully they will be answered in the third book, A Matter of Heart, due out in October 2014.
*Thank you to Bethany House for providing me this book in exchange for my honest review.
This is the second book in Tracie Peterson's new series Lone Star Bride. From reading the back of the book, you would think that this would be Alice Chesterfield's story, but the book picks up right where book one leaves off with the first third of the book being focused on Marty. It was nice that the author continues to deal with Marty and her fears throughout the rest of this book. I thought that it added a sense of realism because sometime God allows us time to let Him help us work through our fears.
I really did liked Alice's story. It was wonderful to watch her grow and overcome her shyness in being around new people. It was nice to see a conclusion to the mystery surrounding her mother and brother, although we didn't get to see a conclusion to the trouble that plagued her in Denver. Hopeful the author will wrap that up in the next book.
Because of the time line of the book, I really didn't feel as if I got to know Robert all that well, and I thought that the whole Alice and Robert falling in love was pushed way to fast. Also I was more than annoyed at the way the author decided to write the whole Robert/Jessica plot. It took him too much time to be upfront with the girl and for me it made him look weak, not like the strong man that he was in other parts of the book. It just felt so out of place.
It was really fun to revisit with the Reid and Barnett families. I always enjoy it when author incorporate characters from previous books. You could read this book without reading the first book in the series. There is enough information for you so that you are not completely at a loss. All in all it was another good book by this author.
I've been a fan of Tracie Peterson for quite awhile. I always look forward to her newest books. She is able to write an attention grabbing story that has a wonderful blend of faith and lightness to it.
A Moment in Time continues right where A Sensible Arrangement ends. The Lone Star Brides series is reading thus far like a smooth three part story. We still have all of our character that we came to know from Sensible Arrangement and still see the story through their eyes, but not as much. The story has shifted a bit now to Marty's former maid and friend Alice.
Alice is a girl who is a mixture of tenacity and of meekness. She is ready and willing to help Marty and Jake by working in a rough part of town at a restaurant as the economic collapse hits Denver harder by the day, but when she needs help, she doesn't want to burden anyone.
We also get to see more of Marty's family in Texas and see them from Robert's eyes, Marty's nephew. We have been introduced to this family before in a previous series by Tracie, now we just get to see a different generation of sorts. And through Robert we get to see the ranchers life of Texas. Robert is a very laid back and enjoyable character, and I felt bad for him in parts of the story. Even though he is a good guy, nobody seems to listen to him on a certain issue and the poor guy is twenty. I think at his age, he knew his own mind.
I enjoyed reading this story, because hey, it's partially set in one of the best states! Marty still has much to overcome and work through in this story, as does Alice. Both are damaged and a little weary of things, but push through with the help of those around them. Marty is able to lean on her family as struggles rise up and Alice is able to lean on someone she never thought she could. It was an interesting twist to the story.
The story played out how I thought it might and it ended up being an enjoyable summer read. I can't wait for the third part of the series with A Matter of the Heart (October 2014).
Thank you to Bethany House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
The first novel in the series is titled, A Sensible Arrangement, where we meet Marty who has left Texas in the hopes of a fresh start. We also meet Jacob who is a Texan and rancher at heart, but having no ranch inheritance so he went to Denver to work in banking. This sequel continues the story of these two young people now married, but definitely not in agreement as to where to live when the nation's financial trouble closes many businesses and banks across the United States.
Alice is a young lady who after her father is murdered and she heals from her wounds comes to work in the home of Jacob and Marty. Since most of the staff had to be let go due to lack of money to pay them, Jacob knows in his heart he must soon leave Denver in search of employment. Marty is fearful that he will take her back to Texas, which is the last place on earth she wants to be.
One of the main attractions to the tale is the idea of family coming together to help each other in time of need. The other point in the story is how even when we think we have nothing to give there is an amazing awareness that we still can give of what we already own. The characters are truly reflections of humans in that we desire to at times fight the Lord when we fear where He is leading. I loved the aspect of the family coming together to help each other in succeeding in their endeavors, yet, above all, having a deep love and respect for each individual.
Texas has a rich history and varied scenery depending on where one lives or travels, which Tracie Peterson describes in the book. The depth of the commitment of heart, faith and home is a rich component of the personalities the many characters exhibit. Tracie Peterson has written another splendid novel that reminds us how the Lord helps heal our hurts and to move forward even when we are afraid of what lies ahead.
It was rewarding to see how everyone worked together to benefit their neighbors and the orphans that Marty came to love dearly while she lived there a short time. Giving away the love God plants in our hearts is one theme that is constant throughout the story. Reading about the characters looking to God and asking for help, both individually and together, was an encouragement to me. I cannot wait for the third installment, A Matter of the Heart, set for release in October 2014. One cannot help but finish these books and be encouraged and renewed with hope, especially if life is trying right now.