1. Knowing You, #3
    Tracie Peterson
    Bethany House / 2023 / Trade Paperback
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  1. MaryAnn
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Historical Drama
    December 12, 2023
    MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I thoroughly enjoyed this imaginative historical tale, which provided plenty of tension and suspense, along with a sweet love story where childhood friends reunite, set during an actual historic event--the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition held in Washington State in 1909. The full-fledged characters come across as totally real, authentically flawed and vulnerable yet endearing and growing despite the pain and prejudice they must each deal with. And readers root for them to outwit the villains. The setting of a world's fair is easy to picture in your mind as the author brings it to life on the page. And if you appreciate art, you will admire the talented female artist portrayed here. I have not read the other books in the series, but that didn't inhibit my experience with this delightful novel, although some incidents are mentioned in the text. I do want to read the preceding books too. I received a copy of this novel from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
  2. Patti P.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    3rd book in the Pictures of the Heart series
    December 11, 2023
    Patti P.
    Knowing You by Tracie Peterson is historical fiction. This book is the third book in the Pictures of the Heart book series. Tracie Peterson weaves together moving works of Christian historical fiction. In this book, May Parker is a budding artist who is captivated by the Japanese exhibits at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. She longs to know more about her mother's heritage, but her mother refuses to speak of it because of the heartbreaking memories from her past.

    Working as a camera girl for the exposition, she inadvertently stumbles into danger when the samurai armor she studies to paint becomes the target of an art forger. It also leads to her reuniting with Lee Munro, a police detective assigned to watch the exposition, and her childhood friend.

    With parents who refuse to accept anyone who is not the same as them, Lee relies on his Christian faith to navigate life.

    I found myself unable to put this book down. The descriptions of May's artistic talents, her faith, and her willingness to help others truly bring this book to life.

    So if you are looking for historical fiction, check out Knowing You by Tracie Peterson for yourself.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
  3. CherryPie0420
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Truly Has It All
    November 19, 2023
    CherryPie0420
    I loved the ease of reading Knowing You. It was almost like listening to a story told by an old friend. May and Lee are both such sweet souls, and I love that they had one another during both good times and bad. That unwavering support of such a strong friendship is goals. The author did an excellent job of filling in the gaps from the first two books, the details from previous novels were added in so seamlessly that it made reading this as a standalone perfection.

    Racism runs rampant in this novel, and it truly made my blood boil to read it. How people can see themselves better than others is just beyond me. I am white but I was raised to believe that we are all God's children, and that race and culture is something to be admired and respected. For a long time I thought that was how everyone believed, so when I experienced racism for the first time at a young age it was a complete shock to me. I am in a biracial marriage and even in 2023 I am shunned for it, not only by perfect strangers but even members of my husband's family! It angers me and breaks my heart but all I can do is pray for those people and live what I believe: that we are all equal. When I read about what Lee and May would face it hit very close to home and reminds me that God is bigger than racism and that He can soften anyone's hearts. True redemption is so magnificently beautiful!

    One of my favorite parts of this novel were the parts about the Japanese culture. I always love learning new things about other cultures and seeing the world through different lenses, so I soaked up all of the cultural tidbits that are sprinkled throughout the narrative with earnest. I found myself looking up different words as. i read and even got into a discussion with a friend of mine who has studied the Japanese culture extensively. So fascinating!

    May's strength in her faith was also so inspiring. Turning to the Lord in all things in prayer is something I've always struggled with, but to May it's as natural as breathing. Oh, to have that kind of relationship with my Lord! It is clear that she lives what she believes and it was a sound reminder to myself to do the same.

    Knowing You is hands down one of my favorite novels of the year! Add in a mystery, theft, and love on top of the cultural and historical aspects, plus strong writing and endearing characters, and you've got one novel that truly has it all!

    *I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher through JustRead Tours. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest, and my own.
  4. Sassyjd32
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    So engaging I could hardly put it down!
    November 16, 2023
    Sassyjd32
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an amazing book! Tracie Peterson once again crafts a story so engaging that I could hardly put it down! There's mystery, intrigue, and a love story! There is also a difficult subject addressed: racism. I absolutely loved how Tracie incorporated scripture and grace to the topic of racism.

    The characters are relatable and genuine! I loved the continuation of Pearl and Otis' stories! I also enjoyed reading about the rest of the Camera Girls' lives. May absolutely blew me away! She is full of grace and beauty. She loves fully, and she believes in the true goodness of people. Lee is a Godly man! He's strong, loving, and committed to his job and his family.

    The theme of forgiveness is prevalent throughout the book. May's mother struggles with this, and so do Lee's parents. Lee and May gently guide their parents towards God and that they should give their troubles to Him.

    This is a definite read! I would start with the rest of the series, "Remember Me" and "Finding Us," so that you can get to know the characters better!

    I was provided a copy of the book from Bethany House through Interviews and Reviews. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. Pamela M.
    Memphis, TN
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Extraordinary Reading Experience
    November 14, 2023
    Pamela M.
    Memphis, TN
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tracie Peterson is an author who I know will provide me with an extraordinary reading experience each and every time. Her impeccable research, attention to details, well developed plots, and memorable characters are what brings me back to her novels over and over. It does not hurt that each book also usually includes a believable romance as well as a bit of danger and suspense mixed into the narrative.

    Knowing You met my every expectation. The final book of the Pictures of the Heart series, it features May Parker whose mixed Japanese American heritage has plagued her for her entire life. She never felt a part of either world and usually escaped into her art. While working as a camera girl at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in 1909 Seattle, May is reunited with her childhood defender Lee Munro, a police detective working the exposition. As they spend time together, they realize that they care for each other but they have more than one hurdle to overcome if they are to have a life together.

    An art forger provides the danger and suspense in Knowing You as Lee and May work together to prevent the theft of a Japanese samurai armor that is on display. Their faith is put to the test as they attempt to catch the thieves plus overcome the extreme racism of Lee's family.

    Another wonderful book by one of my must read authors, Knowing You is well worth your time.

    I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by JustReads Publicity. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
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