Title: Treasured Grace
Author: Tracie Peterson
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Description from Goodreads: “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.”
Review: Lately I have stated to really enjoy historical fiction/historical romances and it is due to amazing books like this one. I was drawn into this world of the mid 1800’s and the quest for land west. The conflicts with the Native American tribes brought out the drama and suspense of the time period.
The romance between Alex and Grace was organic and developed over time. I loved the conflicting emotions they both endured and since both of them had separate obligations, there was the wonderful build up that we all love in our romance novels. The flow of the romance was perfect for this book and the push and pull of their desires was flawless.
The characters were so easy to love and to empathize with. I cannot imagine living in that time and experiencing all those people went through everyday. The pain, sickness, and death they all had to endure was heartbreaking.
The differences in the Native American’s viewpoints between tribes were interesting and seem realistic. Often we get the view of either angry Natives or peaceful natives; this gave the chance to see both and how that affected each of them as well as the whites who were moving onto their land.
At times some of the dialogue was a bit cheesy but for the most part this was a really great book and something I would definitely read again. I am excited that this is the start of a new series; I cannot wait to read more about these people and this new town!
Recommendation: I would recommend this book for anyone who loves historical romances.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*