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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$8.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 26 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.
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.
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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.
Homeschooling MommyAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fictional Account of Historical EventApril 24, 2017Homeschooling MommyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tracie 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.
Grace4 Stars Out Of 5Treasured GraceApril 22, 2017GraceQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
SignGirl5 Stars Out Of 5A Touch of Grace in a World UnfathomableApril 21, 2017SignGirlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! Tracie Peterson wrote an amazing book, but it was also filled with gut-aching pain and unimaginable circumstances. "Treasured Grace" tells the story of three sisters, Grace, Hope, and Mercy, as they traverse a rough road west. Grace, the eldest, may be considered the main character, but the story weaves around each sister and their newly made friends. While I appreciated the historical accuracy that Peterson strove to portray, this was a difficult story to stomach so I would not suggest it for any young or sensitive readers.
Since "Treasured Grace" is the first of the Heart of the Frontier series, I expect Peterson will focus on each of the sisters for subsequent books. With what these girls endured, I can only imagine that each book in the series will be as heart-palpitating and intriguing. I'll be watching for the next books and I will be suggesting "Treasured Grace" to my family and friends!
I received "Treasured Grace" complimentary from Bethany House Publishing and I am happy to share my honest review.