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  1. Mardell
    Spokane WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Coming of Age Story for an Unlikely Heroiine
    October 30, 2022
    Mardell
    Spokane WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Beyond the Desert Sands, #2.
    Beyond the Desert Sands, by Tracie Peterson, is book two in her Love on the Santa Fe series. Fans of Tracie will enjoy this book. The story focuses on a young lady who I had a difficult time liking at first. She was deceived by romantic notions that overshadowed reality of a life that truly blessed her.

    From the start, when she reluctantly left California to join her parents, she was resentful, spoiled and deceived by romantic notions of love. Her deceptions clouded her judgment about her parents and a young man who would be there through thick and thin for her and her family. This young woman had so much to learn that I had hoped that she would come to see Diego for the person he was and that she would see how much her parents truly loved her.

    I recommend this book to all fans of Tracie Peterson and to all the new readers who may have heard of Tracie but have yet to pick up a copy of her books.
  2. tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Can You Go Home Again?
    August 2, 2022
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Beyond the Desert Sands, #2.
    Isabella has been mad at her parents since she was ten years old. That is when they left her beloved California, and moved to Silver Veil, a desolate place in New Mexico. From the time she was old enough, she left her parents behind returning to California to live with an aunt.

    Over the years, her continued bitterness over the issue has caused her to become self-centered and mean. The only one more selfish is Diego a playboy ten years older than her, whom Isabella wants to marry. Diego has never worked, gambling instead and creating huge debts his father has paid.

    Now, his wealthy father has told him he must do something with his life, or he will be kicked out of their home and disinherited. Diego has decided he will give in and marry Isabella, and live off the fortune she will get after marriage.

    Isabella is twenty-five, and has been forced by her parents to come back to Silver Veil for Christmas. She has not been there for years.

    She finds her father is dying, and the move years ago had been for her father's health. Afraid knowing her father was ill would be too big a weight for Isabella, they never shared the truth. But instead of that knowledge being a burden for Isabella, it would have given her understanding about it, and brought a better relationship for them all.

    Will Isabella believe what her father tells her about Diego's true nature? Will the kidnapping put an end to all their plans? Will Isabella and her mother lose their family fortune?

    This is a great story of forgiveness as the parents walk out their Christian principals despite being treated badly. The tale will touch your heart, and you will enjoy the twists the book takes. This clean, five-star story will be liked by fans of turn-of-the-century tales, or families that get rid of their complications!

    Bethany House Publishing provided a book for Tickmenot to review. Opinions are my own.

  3. Terri Gillespie
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Took a few chapters, but well worth reading!
    July 29, 2022
    Terri Gillespie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Beyond the Desert Sands, #2.
    Tracie Peterson is one of my go-to authors. In her latest release, the historical romance, Beyond the Desert Sands, I must be honest and say it took several chapters before I was invested in the protagonist, Isabella Garcia. Her pretentious behavior and sense of entitlement were off-putting until the story behind her attitude was revealed later.

    Once I was more emotionally invested in Isabella, the story moved quickly with great plot twists in the charming town of Silver Veil, New Mexico.

    The hero, Aaron Baily was strong, with great integrity. His biggest beef with Isabella is her treatment of her parents. Secondly, her treatment of those "beneath" her.

    The antagonist Diego Morales was a multi-dimensional rogue, and his behavior surprised me on several occasions, both good and bad.

    Although I'm not giving Beyond the Desert Sands a 5-Star rating, it's a very strong 4. If I could give it a 4.5, I would.

    Recommended for readers of historical romance, Christian romance readers, and stories with redemptive elements.

    The publisher, Bethany House provided an eBook #beyondthesands through #NetGalley for my honest review.
  4. Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nice Christian Historical Fiction
    July 28, 2022
    Helen M
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Beyond the Desert Sands, #2.
    Beyond the Desert Sands is book two in the Love on the Santa Fe series by Traci Peterson. This is a Christian romance set in 1911 in New Mexico. As a young child, Isabella's parents moved the family to a small mining town. As a young lady, she pushes her parents to allow her to move to her aunts in California. When her parents have her come to them for Christmas she is not happy to leave her aunt's home, her friends, activities or her boyfriend.

    This is a nicely written story that shows the importance of communication. Had Isabella's parents explained the true situation to her, her life would have been different. She would have know the importance of the move. This is a story of forgiveness, second chances and having faith. I especially enjoyed the part of the story when Isabella was told the truth. I can appreciate how she felt about the time that was lost. I enjoyed the questions raised about her boyfriend and how his father responded to them.

    I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.
  5. Polly
    missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Silver Veil, New Mexico
    July 10, 2022
    Polly
    missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Beyond the Desert Sands, #2.
    Beyond the Desert Sands takes place in New Mexico around the time it became a State. It can be read as a stand-alone.

    Ms. Peterson treats us to a romantic and colorful setting in Silver Veil, New Mexico and parts of California. She writes her heroine, Isabella, as a spoiled heiress who does not realize how fortunate she really is. But this gives time for her to grow up and progress in her faith. There is a lot of emphasis on her parents and how their faith has shaped then resulting in generosity and offering second chances.

    Aaron, the hero, is well written with a compassionate and honest heart, who is not afraid to tell the hard truth.

    There are plenty of scenes when hard choices are to be made and mercy to be shown. Danger lurks in unexpected places against a backdrop of rugged mining country,

    Fans of a romantic story set in the old west will find a great story here.

    * A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Bethany House through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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