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  1. Treasured Grace, Heart of the Frontier Series #1
    Treasured Grace, Heart of the Frontier Series #1
    Tracie Peterson
    Bethany House / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    New Series by Tracie Peterson
    May 29, 2017
    kathae
    Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  2. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gripping Historical Fiction
    April 25, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Don'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.
  3. IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Engaging frontier story!
    April 24, 2017
    BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Grace 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.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fictional Account of Historical Event
    April 24, 2017
    Homeschooling Mommy
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tracie Peterson has a knack for bringing history, particularly Western History, alive in her many novels. Her newest series, Heart of the Frontier, debutedwith Treasured Grace. The novel follows Grace Martindale, who is traveling west to the Oregon Territory with her marriage-of-convenience husband and two sisters, Hope and Mercy in 1847.

    On the road west Reverend Martindale dies, but Grace is not upset because the marriage was only one of mutual necessity and had never been consummated. The church said the reverend needed a wife in order to go west, and Grace needed someone to care for herself and her sisters on the frontier since their parents had both passed away.

    Grace is a "healer" and uses herbs and tonics to cure people. On the trail west, many people are struck with measles, and she helps save many of them. They stop at the Whitman Mission in present-day Washington State to ride out the winter, but are met with angry Cayuse Indians, set on making Dr. MarcusWhitman paybecause he was unable to save many of the tribe members from the measles epidemic.

    Grace meets loner trapper Alex Armistead, and begins to bond with him. But, he is distant and seems to be weighted down by his past. Soon, theAmericans at the Whitman Mission are in serious danger...is there anythingthey can do to save their friends and family, or will thevengeful Cayuse finally get their revenge on Dr. Whitman and everyone else at the Mission?

    This novel was based inpart by a true story-the massacreat the Whitman Mission. Grace, Hope, and Mercy were fictional, but many of the characters were actually real people.This was an intense book, but it was well written. I liked the historical facts weaved in with the fictional accounts, and I learned quite a bit about that event in history. The only thing I would have changed would have been to develop Alex's past a bit more. With how weighted down he was by the past,I was expecting a bit more of a story, but the explanation was quite short.

    But as usual fromTracie Peterson, I enjoyed this novel and look forward to the second book in this series!

    *I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Treasured Grace
    April 22, 2017
    Grace
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was a book that I was not sure about but ended up really liking. It is a historical fiction book with some romance. I really enjoy historical fiction and this one did not disappoint. It was very intense at times due to the time period that it is set in. It is set in the 1800s when the US were not at peace among the Native Americans. Grace takes her sisters west to start a new life. I really like the fact that it is not totally overtaken by the romantic aspect of it. I enjoy books that have a little bit of romance but are not saturated in it. This book did just that. I enjoyed the diversity of plot and characters and I really was able to get into and understand the time period that this book was written in. There is a little bit of intense things that happen to her sisters and that kind of makes this book one for older teens. I really appreciated the fact that Grace was not perfect and she messed up, but then fixed what she did wrong. This book was good. I enjoyed many aspects and look forward to reading the rest in this series.

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