Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Touching the Sky



Though their first encounter is hardly auspicious, Laura Marquardt soon discovers herself drawn to the dashing Captain Brandon Reid. As an officer over the colored troops, he eagerly supports her desire to educate blacks and seek harmony in a town where the defeat of the South is a bitter reality.

When Laura's sister marries her Confederate beau, Laura finds herself in a difficult situation after overhearing a discussion with frightening consequences. In her heart she feels she should confide in Brandon, but Laura fears to do so may endanger her sister's life. Yet as the stakes continue to rise and Brandon's motives for pursuing her come into doubt, Laura questions where to turn... and wonders if her own dreams of love may be forsaken.

My Review:

This is the perfect book to review on Independence Day! It embodies the valiant spirit of America's pioneers -- men and women who dared to face insurmountable odds with grace and dignity in order to restore the freedom and peace that their founding fathers hoped for.

Touching the Sky takes place in Texas just after the Civil War and I learned a lot from Peterson's exacting research and the talented way she weaves facts within fiction. From the gripping first scene right to the breath-taking conclusion I felt as if I'd slipped back in time. And what a tumultuous time it was! I had no idea how divided Texas had been over the war and what a task it was to mend communities afterwards. Add in the fact that colored troops were brought in to keep the peace -- well -- what an excellent place and time to drop some resourceful characters into!

There's intrigue involving desperate men -- the struggle of ordinary citizens as they try to reclaim the life they knew before the war -- an impatient young woman who rushes headlong into love without a solid foundation -- and then there's Brandon and Laura who wrestle for the future God is leading them towards as unrest swirls around them. This is an epic novel that skillfully reveals the heart of a great nation even as it captures your imagination with the promise of hope.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Touching the Sky, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 8 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  2. I have always enjoyed Tracie's books. Please enter me. Thanks.
    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  3. I always like Tracie's books, can't wait to read this one!


  4. I always learn new things and enjoy an awesome story when I read one of Tracie's book. I'd love to be entered. :)
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  5. I have enjoyed reading Tracie's books so thank you for the giveaway.


  6. I love reading Tracie Peterson's books....and would love to win Tracie's newest book...'Touching The Sky'....sounds soo good....I have shared on facebook and twitter....babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

  7. Thanks, Kav for your great review and chance to win the awesome giveaway! i like to read Trace Peterson, and have a lot of her novels. My 85 (86 in 3 weeks) loves them too.

    marianne dot wanham at gmail dot com

  8. I enjoy reading about America's pioneers. Thanks for the chance to win this book.


  9. I always enjoy Tracie's books AND your reviews as well, Kav! Love the cover on this! Thank you!


  10. Historical Fiction is my very favorite. Love how the authors place their characters within real events/happenings. Thank you for this giveaway. Please place me in the drawing. Kathleen

  11. Tracie has written some good books, I espacially enjoyed her Alaska series! Add my name to the pot=)


  12. Tracie Peterson always offers a good read. I've only recently started reading books from this period and am finding some good ones... and some not so good ones. Tracie hasn't let me down before so I'd love to get a copy of this one!


    Thanks for your generosity!

  13. Tracie Peterson is a favorite of mine, and I love books based on the Civil War time period. That period in our nation's time is one rich with history. I've visited numerous places where the Civil War was fought, and I never tire of reading more. Thank you for offering this wonderful book in a giveaway!

  14. I haven't read any Tracie Peterson yet. I know, I must be crazy. But I would love to win this book to get me started.



  15. Traci Peterson has writen so many great books! I would love to win this one to read and put it in my collection!

  16. Thank you for the Review, the Book sounds awesome, I always loved Tracis Books. Please enter me in the Giveaway.


  17. a great posting...would love to read this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  18. Tracie has quite the reputation doesn't she? An author we know will deliver a great read every time! Good luck everyone!

  19. I'd love to be considered to win this.


  20. It sounds so intriguing. I like the cover too, different than a lot of modern books, but it catches your attention. The girl looks sweet.