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Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman. The man she loved died in her arms. She heads to Oregon City to heal and live with her sisters while she takes care of their sheep. When the prosecutors ask her to testify against the Cayuse Indians, who are responsible for the massacre, she is not sure she can relive the loss again, yet if she does not testify, the attackers may come after her.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Heart of the Frontier
Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace's new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope's mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.
Hope's precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.
As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Beloved HopeAugust 16, 2017KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow!!
This histoical novel takes the reader May 1850 in Oregon City, Oregon. This is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series. Although not necessary, but it would enhance the story if Treasured Grace, the first book in the series, is read first. It would give the reader a background of the story. This story centers around Hope Flanagan. She along with her younger sister, Mercy, was at the Whitman Mission that dark day the massacre occurred. John Sager, the boy she was seeing and planned to marry, was also there also. In fact, she cradled his head as he died. The Cayuse were angry and there had been trouble brewing for weeks due to the the sickness in their tribe and the inability of the local doctor to save their people. Hope's captivity and abuse at the hands of the Cayuse was a nightmare she did't want to think about or relive. Amory Holbrook had been appointed to the the United States Attorney for the Oregon Territory and he was convinced since Hope had witnessed the murder of Dr. Whitman that her testimony was essential.
Hope is still angry and bitter about the massacre and enduring her captivity and I feel with every reason. She is one of three girls and she has always tried to shield Mercy, but of late Mercy feels that Hope need to forgive their captures. Hope, I think feels as abandoned today by God as she did during her capture. She lost so much that day and endured so much, how could God let these horrible things happen?
It is obvious the author captures the life of pioneer living. She brings both the life and characters to life in my mind. Hope is a strong, well developed character with flaws, but is easy to love. Her crisis of faith is one that many of us have during a crisis so her emotions were both raw and real. This is a book that easily pulled me in and held me until the last page was turned.
This story has elements of history, forgiveness, crisis of faith, second chances, hope and love. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history or a good, clean story.
*I received this book from the author via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Britney Adams4 Stars Out Of 5Beloved HopeAugust 14, 2017Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Dramatic and emotional, Beloved Hope is a beautifully told tale! As I began reading, I was immediately drawn in and captivated by the story that unfolds. Hope Flanagan's strength is admirable, and my heart ached for her and all she endured. I love Tracie Peterson's storytelling and look forward to continuing the Heart of the Frontier series!
Although I have not read the first book in this series, I was able to enjoy the continuing story line. I do hope to read Treasured Grace soon, as I am eager to know more about the background of the characters and the beginning of their journeys.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Novel Testimony To The Power Of Forgiveness And Letting GoAugust 12, 2017Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Beloved Hope is the story of learning forgiveness and letting go of the past, trusting in God's plan for healing amongst the aftermath of betrayal, and believing in the strength and courage of looking toward a brighter future.
In this second book of the Heart Of The Frontier series by Tracie Peterson, we focus on Hope Flanagan, the middle of three closely bonded sisters in 1850s Oregon City. Tracie has done a good job at knitting important details from the first book throughout this one, so as to not confuse the reader if this book is their first exposure to the series.
Having survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission two years earlier, Hope finds herself now having to stand as a witness in a trial against the Indians that robbed her of so much more than just her innocence. While she had spent the last two years "moving on" and attempting to make the best of life, she now has to face everything that happened and admit to the pain she stills grips so tightly.
With the help of her sisters and a few close friends, Hope learns that not only is there a greater power in forgiveness than in revenge, but also that God can turn even the most dire of pasts into blessings of a hopeful future.
While I did not find the story and dialogue to be quite as gripping as the first book in the series, Treasured Grace, I still found this to be a wonderful gem and a novel testimony to God's power to help us overcome the past and let go of the bitterness that can grab hold of us so tightly at times. 4/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bethany House publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Homeschooling MommyAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Solid Read About Forgiveness and Second ChancesAugust 10, 2017Homeschooling MommyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beloved Hope is the second book in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series. (See my review of book one, Treasured Grace).
This second book follows Hope, the middle sister of the threeFlanagan girls who survived the Cayuse Massacre at the Whitman Mission in late 1847 (this story is told in book 1).BelovedHopeopens in May 1850, as Hope is wrestling with the memories of the massacre and subsequent captivity because she has been asked to testify in the trial against the Cayuse who were responsible for the deadly attack. At the mission, not only was Hope's beau John Sager (an actual historical figure) murdered, but she was taken advantage of multiple times during the captivity.
In the two years that has passed, Hope has maintained bitterness and unforgivenessagainst Tomahas-the Cayuse who stole her innocence--and wants nothing but revenge. She has closed herself to friendships and other relationships, and is convinced that she is no longer capable of loving or being loved.
Army Lieutenant Lance Kenner is stationed in the Oregon City area and has been assigned to keep order during the Cayuse Trial. He meets Hope when the young woman goes to the prison where Tomahas and the other braves are being held with a gun in an attempt to kill Tomahas herself. He is intrigued by this fiery young woman, but Hope has made it very clear that she wants no part in a relationship.
Meanwhile, Lance is struggling with his own feelings of resentment and unforgiveness, and he is stunned to learn that someone close to Hope has ties to the man who killed Lance's brother. Can Hope and Lance push aside the pain of the past and open themselves up enough to be loved? Or will their bitterness stand in the way of true happiness?
I liked this book quite a bit--it was not nearly as sad as the first book in the series, and instead focusing on hope, second chances, and forgiveness. I enjoyed getting to know Hope, rejoicing with Alex and Grace asGrace as she prepares to give birth to their first child, and watching Mercy mature into a lovely young woman. In fact, I am looking forward to the next book in the series, which I assume will follow Mercy.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
SignGirl4 Stars Out Of 5Hope Amidst Ultimate EvilAugust 8, 2017SignGirlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Once you've survived an unimaginable hardship, how do you live again? Hope Flanigan wrestles with this question in "Beloved Hope," the second book in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series.
The first thing I liked about this book is that it is almost a stand-alone book. In a series, usually you're confused by missing details or assumed character relationships. Not so with "Beloved Hope"! Peterson carefully pieces in details from "Treasured Grace," the first book in the trilogy, and yet it was done with such taste and care. The events surrounding Hope's arrival in the Oregon frontier will forever be seared in her mind and she doesn't know how to go on. Can her sisters, Grace and Mercy, help Hope out of the dark cloud she lives under?
I don't want to give away any details, but if you like Peterson's writing cadence, you'll be very happy with this book! The characters are very well developed and you get connected to them and their emotions. A nice read amidst a difficult topic!
I received "Beloved Hope" from Bethany House Publishing for my honest and fair review.