Tracie PetersonBethany House / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$9.995 out of 5 stars for Destined for You, softcover #1. View reviews of this product. 8 Reviews
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VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5New Favourite from PetersonMay 17, 2021VictoriaCanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleTracie Peterson is one of those authors who have been around forever and generally I don't expect a lot of surprises from her anymore, just solid and predictable historical fiction with some romance thrown in. Destined for You, however, completely blew me away and is my new favourite in Peterson's collection.
The characters themselves feel very familiar to the genre. Gloriana is the patient, nurturing female lead who is wrestling with God while Luke is the handsome protector standing true among life's hurdles. Peterson gives them a small town backdrop that feels warm and familiar with the energetic J.T, the wise and comforting Pastor Sedgewick and his wife, right down to friendly pup Jack.
It's Peterson's plot with its handling of grief as well as how grief can affect one's interactions with God that really made this a book to be remembered. Throughout the course of the story Peterson touches upon multiple types of loss including loss of parent, loss of sibling, and even grief that comes from broken relationships and loss of potential.
While fans of Peterson's will find themselves with a resolution they'll be pleased with, I enjoyed how, even with Glory's more traditional gender roles, Peterson allowed the character to sit in her grief, fear, and anger over the losses and changes she's encountered over the past number of years in her life. Glory gives voice to a lot of hurt I'm slowly seeing given space in the church for discussion and it was refreshing and moving to see Peterson's treatment of it.
Luke is the dashing male lead but I also liked how Peterson wrote his acknowledgement and respect of Glory's fears and grieving as well as his relationship with J.T. While their connection still leaned into the grief they shared J.T. and Luke's relationship brought some lighthearted moments into the novel's conversation.
5out of 5 stars
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just corinaOntario CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Destined for youApril 16, 2021just corinaOntario CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThis was such a good book I'm looking forward to the sequel
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Christian Historical FictionApril 7, 2021Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Destined for You, by Tracie Peterson, is the first book in the Ladies of the Lake series that takes place in 1869 in Duluth Minnesota. This is a wonderful story that focuses on grief and forgiveness. This story is so realistic and inspirational. Gloriana lost most of her family to small pox and now her father's boat has gone down taking her father and their renter. Gloriana has a younger brother to care for. Their renter's wife went into labor and has given up. On her deathbed she asks Gloriana and Luke, her lost husband's brother, to care for her newborn daughter.
I just love this story. The author has done such a good job of bringing to life the dangers of the winters in the Duluth area. I writing is so descriptive, I could almost hear the waves crashing against the rocks and see the boats being tossed around. This story shows the struggles Gloriana has with her faith as well as providing for her brother and the way the community cares for those in need.
I voluntarily read an ebook copy of this story which was provided by the publisher through NetGalley. This is my honest revew.
Tiene5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful story!April 2, 2021TieneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am sorry to say that I have finished this book. I wish I was still reading it! I am still thinking about it. It was SO good! I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out. Tracie is a big favorite of mine. She just keeps me interested page after page in her books. All her characters make you feel like you know them personally. I enjoyed the story line very very much.
Floraljoy5 Stars Out Of 5Hope and healingMarch 16, 2021FloraljoyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was interesting learning more about life on the Great Lakes back in the late nineteenth century, especially how perilous fishing could be. Poor Gloriana had suffered so much loss during her short life yet I liked how she was still a generous and loving caregiver to those in her care. It was nice seeing her also find friendship and love from Luke and I was really rooting for things to work out for them.
I thought the message of learning to trust God in both the good and bad times was well presented and I appreciated the hope that was given. There was also an inspiring theme about forgiveness and restoration. Woven throughout the book was a light element of danger and mystery which added good depth to the story.
I really enjoyed this latest historical fiction by a truly talented author.
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