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Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

Series: Heart of the Frontier, Book 3

Publication Date:  Oct 5, 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

“I’ll definitely be praying. Ain’t never known anything that wasn’t made better by prayer.”

                                                                                                                     -Uncle Edward

 

Cherished Mercy, book three in the Heart of the Frontier series, focuses on Mercy Flanagan, the youngest of the three Flanagan sisters whom we met in the previous two books of the series. The sisters survived the Whitman Massacre and settled with their uncle Edward in Oregon City. The year is now 1855 and Hope and Grace Flanagan are married with children and busy lives. Mercy lives with Grace and Alex and keeps busy helping her older sisters.

This story focuses on Mercy’s quest to help the family friends, Isaac and Eletta, missionaries to the Indians along the Oregon frontier. Mercy goes to the mission with an open mind and heart to do her part. Upon arriving, she comes face to face with Adam Browning, Isaac’s brother. Adam carries a grudge against her before she ever arrives because of his own personal history and his unwillingness to see beyond it. Mercy’s arrival brings a far different person than Adam expected.

The story encompasses so many characters that will touch the reader’s heart. This third story blends family, friends, and shared histories together in a very touching way. Sad in many ways, poignant in others, and inspiring all the way through, Cherished Mercy will engage your attention all the way through!

A thoroughly enjoyable and emotional story and a fitting end to a great series! I think this series was one of Tracie Peterson’s finest. If you haven’t read books one and two, take the time to read those stories as well.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

Series: Heart of the Frontier

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC Copy from NetGalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

Tracie Peterson narrates an engrossing and heart-wrenching story in the first book of her new Heart of the Frontier series, Treasured Grace. The novel centers around three young women headed west on the Oregon Trail in 1847 whose lives are forever changed by the Whitman Mission massacre. At the mission Grace Martindale meets Alexander Armistead, a hunter and guide, with strong ties to the area. Grace and her two younger sisters, Hope and Mercy, have not been at the mission long when the massacre occurs.

Alex and Grace find that they will need faith to get them through some very difficult situations after the slaughter of so many innocent people. The massacre was a very real historical event around which the story of Alex and Grace evolves. The historical details were a bit sparse in this novel, but the basic plot hooked me and kept me intrigued. This sad, introspective story will leave readers with much to think about. Not a light read, but a very deep touching tale!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

 

 

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A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

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Publication Date:  January 3, 2017

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

ARC Copy from Netgalley.com and Baker Publishing

 

 

Let me begin by saying that Laura Frantz is one of those amazing authors who can actually pull the reader right back in time. Maybe it’s because I hear her characters speaking or maybe it’s because the setting places me right in the middle of the story.

I loved reading this frontier drama-romance. I especially enjoyed the historical detail that is vital to a novel of this genre. The inclusion of historical characters that are an integral part of this area’s past adds to the intriguing tale.

Temperance Grace Tucker and Sion Morgan are spirited characters that come to life in the pages of this story set in the territory of Kentucke in April of 1777, a volatile and violent time in our nation’s history. Traveling through minimally charted territory during a time when the colonists fought for their freedom in the East and brutal Indian attacks occurred on a regular basis in the West, Sion does the unexpected and hires Tempe, an outstanding marksman familiar with the land, to guide his surveying crew through the remote wilderness.

Tempe and Sion’s travels through the wilds of Kentucke are filled with action, adventure, heart break, a bit of romance, and faith. This story touched my heart with its very real characters and its sense of the time period. A wonderful story for lovers of historical fiction, inspirational fiction, romance, and adventure!

This ARC copy was received from Baker Publishing and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

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The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep

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Publication Date:  October 2016

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

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After a hasty departure from her last employer, governess Eleanor Morgan is forced to board a ship from London and sail for the colonies as an indentured servant. The year is February 1770 and the country is far from being settled. Eleanor is in for a rude awakening as she crosses the ocean and arrives to begin a new life.

Samuel Heath, a wild looking man who appears to be as much Indian as he is settler, purchases Eleanor’s contract. Unbeknownst to Eleanor, her contract requires that she marry the man in order to provide an upbringing for his young daughter, Grace. Eleanor steps into a life unlike anything she has ever experienced. Her adventures and travails begin as she learns to make a life for herself in the wilderness with Samuel and Grace.

The story unfolds as Samuel and Eleanor encounter enemies, politics, and the complications of frontier life. Their difficulties encompass everything from Eleanor’s lack of cooking skills to crazed bears to very real enemies. This book is a great read for lovers of historical fiction, particularly those who enjoy Revolutionary War era novels. Interesting storyline that definitely pulls the read into the plot and keeps them engaged!

This ARC copy was received from Netgalley.com and Barbour Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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To Love a Stranger by Colleen Coble

Coble, Colleen  To Love a Stranger

 

Publication Date: July 2016

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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It is always amazing how much trouble one’s siblings can get one into without actually trying. Bessie Randall finds herself married to Jasper Mendenhall and on her way to Fort Bridger in the Utah Territory all without saying “I do.” How does something this crazy happen to a serious young woman from a good family in Boston?

The real story of Bessie Randall and Jasper Mendenhall begins with Bessie’s arrival at Fort Bridger on the stage. Looking nothing like the picture sent to Jasper, Bessie steps off the stagecoach and finds herself headed to the wilds of Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory before she can begin to know the man she married.

The novel brings to life the difficulties of mail-order brides and grooms, life on the Western frontier, and the struggles of the military on the Western front during the later 1800’s. The story is an interesting read that balances a faith based plot nicely with historical fiction. Read this captivating tale of life on the frontier for a quick, satisfying read!

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

 

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To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

DeMarino, Rebecca To Capture Her Heart

Series: The Southold Chronicles, Book 2

Publication Date: 2015

Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

 

 

 

Rebecca DeMarino offers another captivating tale in The Southold Chronicle series which details the lives of Barnabus and Mary Horton’s family over the many years after they have settled in the colonies. A lovely young Indian maiden named Heather Flower, daughter of the Grand Sachem of Montauk, struggles to heal from traumatic events at the home of Barnabus and Mary. Benjamin Horton, one of their older sons, has grown into a caring young man who falls in love with Heather Flower. Adding to Heather Flower’s confusion is Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren. The triangle of emotional young people is fueled by the politics of the time as well as love and conflict.

This second novel in the series set an excellent pace and the storyline pulled me through the pages with great interest. Once again Ms. DeMarino selects characters from her family history and local history, melding the two quite seamlessly. The historical detail and political drama of the time enhance the story. I would definitely recommend this to readers of historical fiction and inspirational historical fiction. I actually enjoyed this second book more than I did the first. And now I’m impatiently waiting on book three, To Follow Her Heart!

 I received this book as a prize in a contest. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own. 

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A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

Benton, Lori A Flight of Arrows

 

Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC copy from author and Waterbrook Multnomah

 

 

 

“It is a thing to think long about, the consequences of one act that follow many down the paths they take to escape it, driving them like the lashes of a gauntlet.”

                                                                               -From a story of an Indian warrior                                                               

A Flight of Arrows continues the Pathfinder series, an epic tale that encompasses stolen children, imprudent love choices, and friendship and faith so deep it knows no bounds.  With two sons on opposite sides fighting the ongoing, ever closer battles of the Revolution along the Mohawk Valley in New York, the Oneida Indian named Stone Thrower has much on his mind as spring leads into the summer of 1777.

Prior to departing for the war one son, Two Hawks, tries but fails to adjust to living among the white men at Schenectady in order to further his relationship with Anna Catherine Aubrey.  Soon he finds himself scouting for the rebels in order to find his missing brother, William. Stone Thrower and Reginald Aubrey share a vow to try and find the missing son who is fighting for the enemy. As they join the hunt after Two Hawks sights William, the story intensifies along with the fighting. Bonds of family and friendship unlike any they could have imagined are forged and tested.

As the men make their way to the battlefront, Anna Catherine and the women in her life, Lydia McClaren, her mentor and friend who has loved Reginald for years, and Good Voice, Two Hawks’ mother and Stone Thrower’s wife,  are left to continue their daily lives and care for those remaining behind. Their stories of acceptance, faith, and love are heartening as they learn to really care for each other in new ways as their lives become further enmeshed.

Throughout the novel, the characters undergo a transformational experience in their life that changes them forever. The theme in this novel stands strong as one in which God orchestrates all things to work for the good of those who love him, even in difficult times when we least expect it. The events that led to the ending of this story touched me as the reader in a very deep and profound way. Redemption and grace shine through the pages of author Lori Benton’s story. A truly inspirational read!

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Lori Benton: http://loribenton.blogspot.com/

Lori on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriBenton#

This ARC copy was received from Lori Benton and Walter Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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