Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier #1) by Tracie Peterson
Published February 28, 2017 by Bethany House Publishers
Genres Historical Fiction, Cristian Fiction
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.
First, I have to say that I rarely read Christian Fiction, as I have yet to find any authors that I really like and this is the first book by Tracie Peterson that I have read. This book sounded interesting to me because I really enjoy historical fiction and I thought the inclusion of midwifery also sounded interesting. For Christian Fiction, I have to admit that some of the elements of the plot very fairly violent and traumatic, which I was not expecting. And there were many other topics, that I don’t want to mention because I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but they didn’t really set up the story to be a great romance. I have read other romance books where the main characters have traumatic pasts, but most of the time the traumatic events weren’t happening right in the middle of the love story. That aspect just wasn’t what I was expecting in a Christian romance novel, but like I said, I have not really read anything from this genre. I did like the setting of historical Oregon, but I never really found myself connecting with the main character, Grace. The books has fairly high ratings and I imagine that fans of the author will very much enjoy this book. I personally just didn’t really connect to the characters or the story, although I did enjoy the historical setting. The writing itself is fine and I do really enjoy historical fiction, I think I might have just been surprised by the violence and traumatic events focused on in this book.
Thank you to the publisher, Bethany House, for sending me a review copy of this book.