Title: Treasured Grace
Authors: Tracie Peterson
“Try not to worry. I’m doing what I feel God has called me to do – help the sick,” Grace tells her sisters in Tracie Peterson’s novel, Treasured Grace.
~ What ~
The first in the Heart of the Frontier series, this three-hundred-twenty-page paperback targets those who like historical fiction with suspense and romance during the mid-nineteenth century in Oregon County. Its topics of illness, murder, rape, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. A note to the reader, the author’s biography, and advertisements for other authored books are included.
Set in 1847, widowed Grace Martindale and her two younger sisters have finally arrived in Oregon. With her husband recently deceased, the eldest who uses natural healing arts decides they should stay at the Whitman Mission to help a sibling and others recover from measles. When the Cayuse Indians start dying from the same disease, the doctor at the mission is blamed for their illnesses.
After Grace encounters trapper Alex Armistead, both are caught between a rock and a hard place in their relationship that waxes and wanes as they each face their past and pain. As the mission deals with the heightened anger and rage of the Cayuse, Grace and Alex want to protect those caught up in the fray before they can consider each other.
~ Why ~
Fictionalizing the history of the Whitman Mission and what happened to it, the book shows the frustration and fear both sides experienced when lives and land were involved. I enjoy the detail the author adds regarding herbal remedies such as vinegar and how hard life was starting anew out West. The plan of eternal salvation is thorough and understandable.
~ Why Not ~
Some may wish the book was not so romantically predictable. Others may not want to read about a historical massacre that involves rape, murder, and its aftermath.
~ Who ~
Award winning author of over one hundred novels, Peterson focuses on both historical and contemporary genre. She lives in Montana with her family.
~ Wish ~
Due to the book’s abrupt ending, many are left wondering what happens next to secondary individuals such as Grace’s sisters. I wish there were consistency in capitalizing all pronouns of God for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you like historical Christian fiction that examines the clash between Indians and settlers in the West while including a growing romance, this first book in the series may grab your attention.
Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
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