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REVIEW: Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

Mercy Flanagan, at the tender age of 20, is wise beyond her years and seemingly very capable as a homemaker and teacher. She credits her older sisters, Grace and Hope, with her preparatory years. She is a survivor of the Whitman mission massacre and tender-hearted toward the plight of the various Indian nations in the Northwest territories. A favor to help family friend Eletta Browning with her difficult pregnancy puts Mercy in the Rouge River Valley. Her counterpart, Adam Browning, is a pastor and social worker for the Indian nations. One-quarter Indian, Adam is afraid to reveal that to Mercy lest she regard him with disdain.

Readers of earlier books in the series will recognize the characters in the Rouge River Valley, including 7 year old Faith Browning.

The story reveals the westward expansion greed of the new United States and how its greed negatively impacted relations with the Indian tribes.

Thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson

Hope, the middle sister, hardened her heart to everyone except her two sisters and maybe her uncle’s family. After the demoralizing personal attack on her at the Whitman mission, she has good reason to be wary. Older sister Grace and younger sister Mercy gently encourage her to give the fear and hate over to God. Hope, though, is resigned to her delicate hold on a normal life. Given an opening, though, God can get in and do wonders.

Beloved Hope, Heart of the Frontier Series #2   -     By: Tracie Peterson
Thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier #1) by Tracie Peterson

Grace, along with her two younger sisters, open the story with the death of Grace’s husband-by-convenience. They are delivered to the Whitman mission in this westward expansion story. Grace has the gift of healing and provides invaluable help to those in her wagon train, along with others at the mission. Thwarted by Mr. Whitman, Grace does what she can to help the settlers, residents and some of the tribal people. Helped by Alex Armistead, a trapper, Grace finds a new life for herself and her sisters.

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Their ultimate goal is Oregon to find her uncle who can provide for and vouch for the sisters.
Thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

Michael Hunter of Chicago drives into Hope Harbor searching for peace after the death of his wife.  Although she’s been gone 18 months, he’s just now spending time on his healing.  With a leave of absence from his non-profit job in Chicago, he heads to the beach town that his wife remembered fondly from her childhood.  While there he befriends Anna who becomes his landlady.  She, too, has grief to overcome.  The female lead of the story is Tracy Campbell who struggles with her uncle and aunt to keep the family cranberry farm going.  Also widowed, Tracy is afraid to love again and uses work as a way to cope. For a small town, Hope Harbor has an amazing cast of characters.  I found the writing to move right along and I ended the book wanting to keep following all these great people.

Thanks to Revell for providing me an advance copy to review in my own words.

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REVIEW: A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick

Letitia Carson, a free black woman who is married to a white man, struggles to hold onto her freedom every day. Davey, her husband (though not recognized by law as her husband) is an immigrant from Ireland who desires to better his life. Jane Kirkpatrick has mastery of her characters. She pulls real people out of history and brings them to life with all of their hardships and victories. Letitia has free papers but she is still in danger in both Missouri and Oregon. Though married and protected by Davey, her life could be turned upside down in the event of his demise and she reminds him of that every season. What turmoil there was, even on the West Coast, in determining who was free and who was slave. Entering that picture we also have Betsy, a Kalapuya Indian along with Nancy, a widow with several young children. All are trying to survive in 1800s America in the age of expansion. The book provides history and a look into what it very well may have been like for black women, widowed women, and Indian women in the Oregon territory. They took their “lights” to the wilderness of Oregon and they persevered.
Thank you to Revell for providing me an advance copy for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson

stitchFlorence and Will are newly-married and living in the Portland, Oregon area right before the turn of the century (late 1890’s). Unfortunately, I felt the author dropped me into the middle of a story and didn’t supply enough background. A couple paragraphs near the beginning would have helped tremendously in setting up Florence’s rheumatism and the mystery of Will’s comings and goings. It’s hard to believe she married him knowing so little about him. How could she be devoted when he was much a stranger? Was it her illness that made her a bit needy? Yet, she was resilient. My favorite characters were Tilly and the Aunt. I would read others in the Quilts of Love series, but I didn’t care for this author’s style. I received an advance copy from Abingdon Press for review.

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by | April 26, 2014 · 11:06 AM

REVIEW: The Winner’s Game by Kevin Alan Milne

Stress and more stress as the Bennett family hopes and waits for a new heart for oldest daughter, Ann.  (A family friend who was recently and successfully on the transplant list made this story of anxiety and determination one that is close to my heart.)  The story is told from the point-of-view of each of the family members:  Dell, Emily, Ann, Bree and Cade.  Each person experiences the stress in a different way and the children each desire to just go back to a normal life.  A summer change of scenery at the family home in Cannon Beach, Oregon is supposed to be a chance for them to make memories, escape from the mounting stress at their Portland home, and time for Dell and Emily to separate for a while and try to determine how much they want to fight for their marriage.  We also have Emily’s gramma (the home owner) in the story as a stroke victim in the nearby nursing home who is nearing her end of life.  Her wisdom turns the tide for the family.  It’s a gripping modern story of what families in these circumstances face.  You’ll be rooting for them and understanding their viewpoints at the same time.  Read and learn.

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