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. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Treasured Grace, Heart of the Frontier Series #1
    November 14, 2017
    Sharon of the North
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Enjoyed the pace of the story; kept me going and also was very interesting to learn about an area of our country and the Native Am. problems we caused. Found from a young friend he was learning about the issue in school as well.
  2. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great historical romance
    October 14, 2017
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Treasured Grace.
    I loved the romance and the history. This seems to have been very well researched. I had a hard time putting this book down. I had to check in to see who did survive the Whitman massacre. I loved the characters of Grace and her sisters and Alex. Each character handles adversity in a different way. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating
    September 5, 2017
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Treasured 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.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    HISTORICAL CHRISTIAN FICTION AT ITS BEST!
    August 10, 2017
    Moonpie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Treasured Grace.
    Historical 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.
  5. 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.
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