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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
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.
Yvette K.4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable 1st book in a trilogyJanuary 9, 2018Yvette K.Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Having read books 2 and 3 of Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series, I knew a bit more going into this book than I normally would have. Nevertheless, seeing the story play out was very enjoyable and I again appreciated the way in which true historical events were used and people portrayed.
Having Grace (Flanagan) Martindale's first marriage only be shown in retrospect was a choice I appreciated, as the Right Reverend Martindale would have been an insufferable character. Alex Armistead, on the other hand, was an interesting choice as a protagonist and I enjoyed his interactions with Grace as they discuss attitudes and she quickly adapts her pre-conceived notions. Having attitudes of the day shown in this way was another choice that enhanced my enjoyment of the story.
Whether or not the reader is familiar with the Whitman Massacre and the tensions surrounding it, this is a novel and a series that weaves them into enjoyable, though sometimes necessarily unpleasant, fictional storylines. What may feel like misery heaped on top of misery felt like a reflection of the place and time, so the moments of faith, love, and hope shone through.
Now, all this is not to say that I found no fault. In particular, the story did seem to get bogged down from time to time and Grace's propensity for announcing "I am a healer" still has me wanting to roll my eyes.
If you enjoy Historical Christian Romance, or Historical Fiction with romance, set in 1800's Oregon Territory, then give this trilogy a try. This is not one for the faint of heart, however, as this is the book in which the actual historical event known as the Whitman Massacre is portrayed. I do recommend reading them in order for maximum enjoyment.
This review refers to a paperback copy purchased through Amazon. All opinions expressed are my own.
Scrappygal5 Stars Out Of 5Treasured GraceDecember 22, 2017ScrappygalQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another excellent series by Tracie! Hard to put down.She does a wonderful job of blending the HISTORICAL with the FICTION.
plauge5 Stars Out Of 5treasured GraceDecember 18, 2017plaugeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5lam very plesed with both the book and the. writer
Sharon of the North4 Stars Out Of 5Treasured Grace, Heart of the Frontier Series #1November 14, 2017Sharon of the NorthQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Enjoyed 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.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great historical romanceOctober 14, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.