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In mid the 1870’s Grace Martindale became responsible for her two younger sisters after their parents died. Halfway through the wagon train journey to the Oregon Trail, her husband died during an outbreak of cholera. She continued the journey west and stayed at the Whitman Mission for the winter where a measles outbreak brings even more death. Will the natural remedy and midwifery skills her mother taught her keep her remaining family alive?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Heart of the Frontier
In the Shadows of Denali, Heart of Alaska Series #1Tracie Peterson, Kimberley WoodhouseBethany House / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 28 Reviews
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Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.
Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in "Oregon Country," she decides to stay rather than push on.
With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills--or her presence--and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5CaptivatingSeptember 5, 2017alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Treasured Grace is the first book in Tracie Peterson's new series, Heart of the Frontier.
After the death of her parents, Grace needs to provide for her two younger sisters, so she enters into a marriage of convenience with the Reverend Right Martindale and together with her sisters Hope and Mercy they set out with a wagon train heading west. On the way though tragedy strikes and Grace must find a way for her and her sisters to survive.
Alex Armistead has been running from his past for the last 20 years. Making his living as a trapper, Alex has resigns himself to a life of solitude, until he meets a beautiful young widow who is determined to help whomever God put's in her path.
I loved Grace. As a healer, she feel's a deep desire to help anyone she can because she believed that it is the right thing to do. She let's God lead her and trust that He know's what is best. She was also humble enough to recognize when she needed help and to ask for it. She doesn't let her pride stand in the way.
She and Alex made a wonderful couple. Through most of the book they couldn't seem to see eye to eye on a whole lot of things, the way that the author chose to them work things out to me was very well done.
The majority of the book takes place at the Whitman Mission and the massacre that took place there. The author takes historical facts and incorporates them into her story. The Whitman Massacre was a very dark event, and I was so impressed by the sensitive way that she handled it.
As with all her books, this book was filled with lots of conversations about God and Jesus and salvation along with characters who pray. She does not come off as preachy but does an excellent job of making it flow in the course of a conversation.
NOTE: The only thing that I would caution in letting younger readers read it before a parent or guardian. Part of the story deals with women being sexually assaulted during the massacre. While there is nothing at all graphic, the author alludes to these things.
I enjoyed this book and can not wait to read the rest of the series.
Moonpie5 Stars Out Of 5HISTORICAL CHRISTIAN FICTION AT ITS BEST!August 10, 2017MoonpieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Historical novels are always so exciting to me as I get to step into the past with characters and their lives the author has created. I live beside them and experience living and facing challenges during that era. The early American frontier was such a time of change and adventure. Thats why so many of us love westerns right? Reading about those times and entertaining ourselves with movies is far different than living during that era. This is something the author really brought to light for me. If you lost your family you were on your own and at the true mercy of others. You couldnt run down to Walmart and buy medicine when you were sick or groceries and these are just a few difficulties they faced!
After losing her parents, Grace marries the bad-tempered Rev. Martindale so she could provide for her sisters and travel the Oregon Trail west. It was a marriage of convenience as he had to be married to serve as a missionary. Her plans were derailed when he suddenly dies along the way. She is left with nothing again.
Dr. Whitman of the Whitman Mission (of the infamous massacre) allows them to stay. Grace finds herself in conflict with the doctor/missionary because she is an herbalist. He does not want her treating anyone. This is ironic as she saved so many lives with her remedies on the wagon train. It reminded me of western medicine and holistic medicine conflicts today.
While Grace and her sisters have a roof over their head they are not out of danger. Unfortunately the wagon train brought an epidemic of measles and there are many deaths, especially among the Indians. The Cayuse Indians the doctor is treating are dying in large numbers. They believe his medicine is purposely killing them. Add to that the problem of the increasing population of white men taking the Indians land, and there is serious trouble. Hostilities are increasing and the mission is in danger of Indian attack.
A bright note in her life is handsome trapper Alex Armistead. Familiar with the ways of the Indians and the wilderness, he protects and watches out for Grace and her sisters.
There were so many things I liked about the book. First and foremost was the focus on scripture and the plan of salvation. So rare to find a novel that actually shares this. The author emphasized strongly the reliance on God and strong faith in any situation, not allowing compromises. The tragedies faced by the characters are heart-breaking.
I use natural remedies and oils regularly. I found it extremely interesting as to how Grace used and obtained her treatments. Once again a startling reminder of the hardships the people faced with injuries and illness.
Always a great author, Ms. Peterson did an extraordinary of capturing historical facts and bringing to life the raw emotions of those who lived through the events. A book you will want to read!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5New Series by Tracie PetersonMay 29, 2017kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is why I always enjoy what I call "prairie fiction." The daily struggle of travel and survival is met head on by a strong female character. Grace has skills, is hardworking and compassionate, and will do what is necessary to keep her family intact. This is the first fictional account I have read of the Whitman Mission massacre. Author Tracie Peterson handled it well. The horrible things that happened were mentioned, but not described in too much detail. What Peterson excelled at in this book, though, was fostering compassion for the victims of the massacre and the far-reaching effect it had on their lives. I thought the ending was a little predictable, but the book as a whole was worth the read. I am already anticipating the next book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are my own.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Gripping Historical FictionApril 25, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Don't let this ethereal cover art fool you. As gorgeous as it is, it doesn't begin to reflect the emotional turmoil found within the pages of this compelling book. Peterson has built a fascinating tale around an alarming piece of American history. It's a story rife with angst during a tumultuous time when settlers made their way West in hopes of a better life.
Grace only wants two things. To keep what's left of her family together and use her healing gifts to serve others. Going west seems to be the way to do that. But Grace and her sisters aren't prepared for the hardships they must endure in the untamed wilderness. Heart breaking, gut-wrenching times are ahead for these sisters and it will take every last ounce of faith they possess to make it through.
Fur trapper Alex has reasons for his mostly solitary lifestyle but they stop making sense once he meets Grace. There's lots of clashing wills and strong opinions as these two butt heads. But admiration soon grows into something deeper -- a bond that is difficult to sever no matter how hard they try!
Breathtaking historical details bring all the complexities of this time period to life. And it's interesting to read with the benefit of 21st century knowledge. Settler and Native relationships are volatile -- and with good reason. I'll admit to cringing a time or two over White arrogance and ignorance when it comes to the Natives and their way of life.
A gripping read that puts me in mind of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman even though Grace isn't actually a physician. And bonus -- this is just the first in the Heart of the Frontier series so there's much more to look forward to.
Book providing courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Engaging frontier story!April 24, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Grace Martindale has a heavy load to bear but she is more than willing to sacrifice her own happiness to protect and provide for her two younger sisters. Grace is a compassionate and teachable young woman. She is intelligent, brave, and hard-working. Grace is a big sister after my own heart.
Alex Armistead is a quiet, steady trapper who has years of experience with natives and other early inhabitants of the Oregon Country. He and his friends know the flood of settlers will change their lives irrevocably yet they choose peace and acceptance. Under the buckskins, Alex is a gentleman at heart.
This story of sacrifice, strife, and survival shines a spotlight on a tragic chain of events in our nation's history yet the light of hope and love shines brighter in the darkness. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys frontier tales and stories of the early Oregon settlements! What a promising start for this new series!
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.