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  1. Susan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Title
    January 13, 2023
    Susan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Beyond the Desert Sands, #2.
    Another great story from Tracie Peterson! The story line is excellent, the characters are created with excellence! I love the faith-based comments, advise and feelings lived, portrayed and felt by the characters. I wish I had the wisdom and the ability to articulate the magnificent love and trust in God spoken so well in each of Tracie's stories. What a deep faith and love Tracie has, to express the words and the feeling for our almighty God in her story lines with the various characters she creates for each story! Loved this book!
  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. Fhlady
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    New Mexico Romance
    July 10, 2022
    Fhlady
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Beyond the Desert Sands, #2.
    It is 1904, Isabella Garcia has been living with her aunt in California where her every wish has been satisfied. Now her father has insisted she return to her parents in small Silver Veil, New Mexico. Isabella is furious because she loves Diego Morales and feels he is close to proposing, but little does Isabella know what a scoundrel he is. Will this move to New Mexico change her from the spoiled innocent she is to a caring young lady or not?

    Tracie Peterson never disappoints with her Christian Fiction, and this particular historical fiction series has been wonderful. Watching the changes in Isabella as she learned about real life was rewarding especially as she came to realize the scoundrel that Diego Morales was as well as the quality characteristics she saw in Aaron. Also the development of her care and concern toward the people of Silver Veil and the choices her parents made in not informing her of her father's health issues. Overall, a well written and enjoyable book. As a youngster, I grew up riding trains including the Santa Fe, so this brought back great memories. I look forward to the last in this series.

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  4. Stacy
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A wonderful continuation to a smashing series!
    July 5, 2022
    Stacy
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Beyond the Desert Sands, #2.
    An excellent read by Tracie Peterson. It's the second in her Love on the Santa Fe series, and can be read on it's own, but don't miss Along the Rio Grande either. Both are page turners!

    Isabella Garcia thinks she knows how to carry out her life, and someone who is more mature and dashing as well-Diego Morales applauds her for this.

    Her life takes some course altering twists and turns and Isabella might or might not be prepared for them.

    The story is enmeshed in faith and romance, with places within the novel which are an absolute surprise.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am glad more will be arriving from this wonderful author.

    I received this novel from the publisher but was under no obligation to post nor write a review.
  5. Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiveness and reconciliation
    June 8, 2022
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Beyond the Desert Sands, #2.
    "Beyond the Desert Sands" is a Christian romance set in 1911 in New Mexico. When Isabella was young, her parents forced her to leave family, friends, and a city life that she enjoyed to live in a remote desert area near a silver mine. They never explained why, so she concluded that they didn't care about her feelings so she shouldn't care about their feelings. Since no one else would, she'd fight for her chance of happiness: returning to live with her aunt. Now she's been called home due to her father's seriously waning health. When her parents finally explain why they moved here, she realizes she must forgive them and reevaluate her life.

    The main characters were likable, complex, and reacted realistically to events. Nonetheless, it boggles my mind that her parents didn't want to worry Isabella (though she knew her father had poor health) so never even told her the move was to improve his health. They all admitted that they made mistakes in how they handled that, so much of the story was Isabella reconciling with her parents and making friends in the now-thriving town. Aaron didn't like her selfish, bitter attitude and bluntly let her know it, helping her to see how others viewed her behavior. He wasn't mean to Isabella despite how she initially treated him, and they became friends (and more) as they got to know each other. With God's leading, Aaron was willing to release his dreams for his future to help Isabella's family.

    The Christian element was about forgiveness, second chances, and trusting God with your future. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable romance.

    I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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