I found this one rather hard to get on with. Although I guess it could have been read alone, I found it to be a very direct continuation of "A Sensible Arrangement," following Marty and Jake as much or more than Alice and Robert, who were apparently the main characters. They seemed more of a secondary couple to the original storyline, which is fine for a series, although unexpected from the back cover description. I also found it rather slow going to begin with - lots of preliminary story lines and details. However, I did enjoy reading Alice and Robert's story once it got going, and will enjoy tying up the loose ends in the series finale.
A Moment in Time focuses on Alice Chesterfield, a woman who lives in fear and feels that no man will ever be able to love her because of her scarred face. Alice is such a kind and likeable character. She truly tries to be nice to everyone and does not want to cause problems for anybody. As she begins to have feelings for Robert, she doubts that he would ever be truly attracted to her.
Robert Barnett is a strong and handsome hero, who sees past what is on the outside and is immediately drawn to Alice. But, everyone expects Robert to wed his childhood friend, Jessica. Robert must search his heart and discern what God wants for him.
Alice and Robert are such great characters. The attraction and gentle romance between them is wonderful. I also really enjoyed that the story contains a lot of Marty and Jake, from the first book. It is so nice to see what is going on in their lives. Their relationship continues to grow and thrive, after a shaky start, through this book.
I highly recommend this series to fans of historical fiction and I have since realized that this series is linked to an earlier series that Tracie Peterson wrote called Land of the Lone Star. Now I look forward to reading that series as well.
A Moment In Time is the second book of Tracie Peterson's Lone Star Brides series. The book tells the story of Alice Chesterfield, a shy young woman who is haunted by her past. The book also tells the continued story of Marty and Jacob Wythe (their story continues from the first book in the series, A Sensible Arrangement). We find out that Alice worked for Marty as her maid and through the passage of time has now become close friends. The economic crisis forces Marty and Jacob to move from Colorado to Texas, where Marty is reticent to go. Alice goes with them and finds family, love, and healing.
I truly enjoyed reading this book. Tracie Peterson writes such beautiful characters and describes great scenery that transports you to a different time and into beloved characters' lives. After I finished reading this book, I felt that it was a must to read the first book because I wanted to further appreciate the growth of these characters. Overall, this book depicts the beauty of the love of a family, friendship, healing, and God's steadfast love.
Note: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Lone Star Brides series. This book focuses on Alice Chesterfields story but includes further details about Jake and Marty. Alice was introduced in the first book as Marty Olsons maid. The two have grown close and become like sisters. Hard times have fallen in Colorado and Martys husband Jake decides it is best if they move back to Texas. He leaves Marty and Alice behind until her can get established there.
During their time in Colorado, Alice discovers secrets from her past and is unsure how to handle the news she has been given. Shortly after finding out this information, Jake sends money for them to travel to Texas. Although Marty still does not want to move to Texas, Alice is relieved as she believes it will be a new start for her. While in Texas Alice is introduced to Robert, Martys nephew. She quickly falls for him but withholds her feelings as he is promised to another girl, Jessica. What will Alice do as she does not want to come in between the man she loves and Jessica? How will Alice handle more secrets that are discovered from her past?
I really enjoyed this book as it began where the last book ended. I enjoyed learning more about Alice and seeing Martys story played out. I also loved reading about Martys family and their neighbors working together to help each other out. Unlike other series books that I have read, I believe it is best to read the first book in this series. The author does include some information so a reader would have a sense of what is going on but there are so many details provided in the first book. Many unanswered questions from the first book are answered but not all of them. Hopefully they will be answered in the third book, A Matter of Heart, due out in October 2014.
*Thank you to Bethany House for providing me this book in exchange for my honest review.