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Kolbein Booth, a lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention. Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Series: Brides of Seattle
Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.
Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not what I expected.August 15, 2015alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Lenore Fulcher knows what she wants out of life, a life with a man she can love and who can love her back. Her family wants her to marry for money and social standing. But meeting Kolbien she slowly wonders if this could be the man shes been praying for.
Laywer Kolbien Booth has come to Seattle from Chicago to look for his missing sister. Getting to know Lenore through her friend Abrianna he begins to realize that God has brought him there for more than one purpose.
Honestly I not sure how I felt about Kolbien and Lenore romance. You dont see them interacting very much and then suddenly half way through the book, they suddenly find they have feelings for each other. Most of the book is Abrianna story with her helping Kolbien search for his sister or her Abrianna and her developing relationship with Wade. I know that this author always has more than one story line going on in her books, this one however didnt blend as well as some of her other ones.
Lenores three aunts who run the Madison Bridal School really stole the show. Three distinct personalities their interaction with each other was heartwarming as well as humorous.
Over all I did enjoy reading Steadfast heart and I do look forward to reading the second book in this series.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Seattle, Romance and BridesAugust 15, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tracie Peterson in her new book Steadfast Heart Book One in the Brides of Seattle series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the lives of Lenore Fulcher and Kolbein Booth.
From the back cover: Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isnt pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks shes wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partnerswho is seventeen years her senioran idea that is out of the question for Lenore.
Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isnt there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.
Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out
Seattle, Romance and Brides these are the ingredients for a wonderful read. Lenore is looking to get married but not to the older man who her father has chosen. She wants a real marriage not a marriage of convenience. Kolbein is looking to rescue his sister but meets Lenore instead. These two are going to have to make up their minds in how to proceed. Steadfast Heart is a wonderful romance and the history is perfectly accurate giving a picture of simpler, slower times. Ms. Peterson is an amazing writer and she has given us a great story with believable characters on Lenore and Kolbein as well as the supporting players that we just fall in love with. I liked this book and look forward to the next one in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lenore and Abrianna- Steadfast Hearts.March 30, 2015Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Tracie Peterson writes historical novels that combine detail with grand scope.
In this case, the details surround two young ladies- Lenore and Abrianna- and the grand scope is the matrimonial environment of the late 1880's.
If you've read her books before, you've probably been eagerly anticipating a new series. A Steadfast Heart starts off the Brides of Seattle saga.
This story contrasts the wealth and opulence of Seattle's Upper Crust with the poverty of the alleys and docks. Lenore must decide whether to live a blind life of privilege, or a whether to move through the world with clear-eyes and out-stretched hands.
Of course, the man she marries with have much to do with the shape of her future. Will Lenore sacrifice her principles and marry an economically and socially "suitable match," or will she keep a steadfast heart and look first for a man of quality?
I must say that Abrianna was my favorite character- solidly commonsense and extremely dedicated to her humanitarian work. However, we readers can tell that she's shutting herself off from love, and I hope the next book will show her opening her heart.
I'm going to be passing my copy along to a friend who adores Tracie's books... I'm sure she'll have found a new favorite.
I thank Bethany House for providing me with a review copy.
Sparrowhawk4 Stars Out Of 5It will make you dream of the days when men held women to a high regard, when they valued their virtue and sentiments too!March 17, 2015SparrowhawkQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3THOUGHTS:
I found Steadfast Heart to be absolutely charming, warm and very welcoming. The romance is enduring, and if anything, it will make you dream of the days when men held women to a high regard, when they valued their virtue and sentiments too! I would recommend Steadfast Heart to anyone who is looking for a witty subtle romantic prose.
WHAT I LIKED:
+ Sharp, sarcastic and witty, I often found myself longing and wishing to have a friend like Abrianna ― who was the stunning audacious cheeky redhead in Steadfast Heart. Regardless if the topic of discussion was romance, politics or God, this fiery redhead (pun intended) stirred convictions of my own accord. Like, the significant attention we ought to give to the broken, the homeless, the widows and the orphans. Her selfless approach throughout the entire narrative was so very inspiring. Her genius though, was in way in which she carried herself verbally. Let me just give you a glimpse into the passion this girl inhabits:
"This city should answer for what they did. Not only that, but one of the biggest supporters, that Mary Kenworthy ―" Abrianna jumped to her feet and began to pace, all the while waving her arms to accentuate her speech in case Wade somehow missed her distress. "She continues her ugly disapproval of the presence of Chinese in Seattle. She believes them to be the cause of so many white men having no work, but you tell me what white man would be caught dead working at the jobs some of the Chinese are doing." She stopped, arms akimbo. "Just tell me."
Alas, Abrianna is, "stubborn through and through, listens to no man, and believes herself invincible."
+ I am in love, if not, infatuated with Tracie Peterson's writing style! It is graceful, rich, elegantly polished and fully engrossing. Her strength lies in her characters; I found them to be believable as they carried the narrative with their quick-witted dialogue. Even more, they are smart, loyal, amusing, and independent in their way of thinking. Also, if I may be so bold in saying: Peterson's writing has a distinctive feel to that of Jane Austen's literary style; I ♥ it!
+ A fascinating facet, I found to be well-rounded, and one you cannot help but to praise Peterson in, is her extensive research and knowledge of a late 1800's Seattle, Washington. It's inevitable really; you cannot help but to see and take in the society in which Lenore and Abrianna find themselves in: the strict mannerisms and code of etiquette, the anti-Chinese sentiments, the labor and physical abuse of both workers and maids, the importance of a proper and legitimate courtship, even the dresses the women wear in this narrative are described in detail! More affecting for me though, was the major influence social class hierarchy played in this era. It's fascinating to see how much society has changed, and how far removed we are from propriety
+ The banter between Abrianna's aunts: Aunt Selma, Aunt Miriam and Aunt Poisie is perfectly amusing and comical. They are the perfect embodiment of religious women involved in every sort of spiritual matter and injecting an opinion for EVERYTHING ha ha! They were a complete riot! My absolute favorite parts were the moments where, Mrs. Gibson would regard her belated husband, and in unison all the women in the bridal school, as well as the wonderful aunts would say, "Amen." You'll have to read the narrative to understand what I am trying to convey :D
+ There is an antagonist (belive it or not), and some mysteries to behave that made my blood boil, but kept me interested too!
WHAT I DIDNT LIKED:
- Even though the narrative alternates amid the respective affairs between main character Lenore Fulcher and her close friend Abrianna Cunningham, it honestly felt as though Steadfast Heart was more about Abrianna's character arc, rather than Lenore Fulcher's. I didn't mind this at all, because as aforementioned, I absolutely adored Abrianna. Though, I often wondered when the prose would move along and shift its focus more on Lenore
- However when it finally did aim its attention on Lenore, I found I was a bit irked by Lenore's restless and hasty appeal to marry; needless to say, I was more keen towards the idea of a romantic relationship between Abrianna and Mr. Booth instead :P
- I should mention that while Peterson's writing is remarkably admirable, it was a bit tiresome and challenging to stay engaged in light of the formalities, this was just my own personal experience though! I don't often read books with such fanciful writing ;)
barbara3 Stars Out Of 5Steadfast HeartMarch 6, 2015barbaraQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2i always look forward to Ms Petterson's books, but this one, to me was lacking something. To many story lines going on, not enough time developed between Lenore & Kolbein. its like they met and boom they were in " Love" . most of the story was about her friend Abrianna, and Wade. next book I guess. i wish Lenore & Kolbein' s story could have been developed more and we could have come to know them better in this book. i still look forward to Ms. Petterson's next book, hoping it is a bit more involved in the main story line, & not the others.