Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Treasured Grace

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PETERSON, TRACIE
TREASURED GRACE

In untamed Oregon country, one young woman fights to keep her familys afe.

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters, Hope and Mercy, became her responsibility. A hasty decision to head west seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start but has instead left Grace in a precarious position. When missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife agree to let Grace and her sisters stay at their mission for the winter, Grace is grateful. Until they hear from their uncle In Oregon City, the three sisters have nowhere else to go.

As Grace adjusts to life in the West, she meets a fur trapper named Alex Armistead who intrigues and infuriates her in equal measure. But when a measles outbreak threatens live at the mission and among the native Cayuse who live nearby, it is Alex who helps Grace use the natural healing remedies she learned from her mother to help where she can, despite Dr. Whitman's disapproval. As the death toll rises, so do tensions between the settlers and the natives, and Grace soon finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

My Review:

Don'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.

Book providing courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Treasured Grace please leave a comment or send me an email at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment please remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 30 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

61 comments:

  1. Tracie Peterson and Dr. Quinn Medicine woman, sounds like a perfect combination ;-) I love her writing in the first place!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It just had that kind of vibe for me and I loved the medical and herbal details she adds to the story. Super read. Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. I'm a fan of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Tracie Peterson so as Trixi mentioned above, it sounds like a perfect combination. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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    1. Makes for a riveting read. Good luck, Cindy.

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  3. Tracie Peterson never disappoints me.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Her list of published books attests to that! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  4. I sheepishly admit I have never read a Tracie Peterson book! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Don't feel bad, Susan. I've never read a Francine River book and I think that's shocked everyone to the core. Bwahahaha! We'll cower sheepishly together. Good luck!

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  5. I couldn't put this book down when I read it. She has a way with getting your attention and keeping it.

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    1. I know -- and I found it even more riveting because it's based on actual events.

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    2. I know that's why i think i enjoyed it so much is that is was based on actual events.

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  6. I love Tracie Peterson's stories and am eager to read this one! Thanks so much for the chance to be a winner, Kav.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Britney. Good luck.

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  7. I have not yet had the pleasure of reading one of Tracie Peterson's books. This one sounds like a great one to start with. Kav, thank you for the chance.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. A perfect place to start because it's the first in a series. Good luck, Caryl.

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  8. Sounds like a winner! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. It certainly is! Good luck, Melanie.

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  9. I just realized last night that Tracie had this book out! I can't wait to read it.

    kleehar[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It kind of crept up on me too! Good luck, Kristin.

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  10. I loved Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman! :) Better throw my name in the hat for this one, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  11. Can't wait to read it. I love historicals especially those woven around a real story! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet thanks

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    1. Me too -- makes a story so much more fascinating. Good luck, Paula.

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  12. It's been awhile since I've read a book by Tracie Peterson. Treasured Grace sounds like a book I'd like to read.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Great place to pick back up with this author. Good luck, Pam.

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  13. I've not read any of Tracie Peterson's books but it sure looks like TREASURED GRACE would be an excellent place to start. Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy!

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    1. Kay Garrett 2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    2. Yes it would. I hope you get the chance soon. Good luck, Kay.

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  14. Amazing author and would love to read. TY
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. Tracie is a great author. I'd love to win!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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  16. Thanks for the great review, Kav. I love Tracie's books and I'm particularly delighted when reading about this period in our history. What great fortitude our ancestors displayed...I'm positive I would never have survived. 😐

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Honestly -- I would have made a lousy settler. LOL I'd be the annoying one whining and lamenting about the lack of proper facilities. :-) Good luck, Diane.

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  17. I always "gobble up" Tracie's books (your word yesterday, Kav! lol) She is a fantastic writer.
    Don't enter me though as I am sure my library will have it!
    I've been lurking during my recuping (from back sg.); THANKS to all my friends here who prayed for me. I am improving..slowly. This is a great community blog...love it.

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    1. So glad you are making progress in your recovery. Gobbling and devouring books is what I do -- you might say I enjoy a steady diet of delicious book entrees. :-)

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  18. This sounds like a very emotional read. I'm excited to read this it looks great. I'm also putting it on my wish list. :)
    Thanks Kav for the chance to win a copy.
    iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. So many layers of emotion, Linda. Phew! Good luck.

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    2. Thanks 😊 One of my favorite kinds of books to read. 💓

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  19. Ooh! I've been looking forward to this one! All of her books are so good!
    Elly -Indiana-

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  20. Ohhhhh, this sounds like another winner by Tracie! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  21. Sounds good. Thank you. teshawATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  22. Great review! I love this genre.
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Historical with a healthy dose of realism is a favourite of mine too. Good luck, Nicole.

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  23. I admit that I don't know much about Oregon's history, so this sounds like a fun way to learn!! 😉 mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. It's definitely has an interesting history. Great weaving of fact and fiction. Good luck, Karen.

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  24. I always loved watching Dr. Quinn & would love to read this book!
    smincer10(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Great review! Thank you for the chance to win.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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  26. I've always enjoyed books seet in the American west/frontier. It's pretty incredible what some of our ancestors went through.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I'm gobsmacked that the country was settled!!! I am not hearty pioneer stock material. Good luck, Patty.

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  27. I love this cover and stories about the American West. Dr. Quinn sounds good too, so I'm looking forward to this!

    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom.

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    1. It's a gorgeous cover, isn't it? Good luck, Annie.

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  28. Oh my, I love reading these historical novels but it shows me that they must have been made of better material than me. I don't think I could have made it during those rough times. Thanks for the review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. I'm with you, Donna. I couldn't do it but I'm glad they did! And that authors can write about it. Good luck, Donna.

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  29. This cover! It's got a softness that's just unique and beautiful! And then there's the author!

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