Title: Beloved Hope
Author: Tracie Peterson
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Description from the publisher: “Shackled by Her Past, One Woman Searches for Healing, Forgiveness, and Love
Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, the gentle rhythm of tending her family’s flock of sheep is slowly healing her mind and soul, but her precarious new peace is shattered when Hope is asked to testify against the Cayuse responsible for the massacre. She’s not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days, but neither can she risk her attackers being released if she doesn’t tell her story.
As Hope struggles to make her choice, an Army lieutenant named Lance Kenner becomes an unexpected ray of light in her life. Perhaps she is still capable of love after all. But will Lance still want her if he learns the whole truth of what happened to her at the mission? Or are the secrets that lie in his own past more troubling?”
Review: I loved this book very much. I read this in just a couple wonderfully relaxing days. It went by much too quickly, but I was so enthralled with the story that I couldn’t put it down to make it last longer. This book was really well written and the vivid descriptions fed my imagination perfectly.
I love Hope’s character; she endured so much in the last book that I was really excited to see more of her story. She grew and matured so much in this book and it was a delight to witness. She began still bitter and angry and kept her distance from God. With some help from Lance, and of course her amazing family, she finally was able to start to put her life back together. I enjoyed her journey toward acceptance and spiritual growth.
Lance was a great addition to this little family and the fact that he and Hope were both struggling with some of the same issues made their romance even more appealing.
I was also really glad to read more of Grace and Alex’s story as well. This book varies from the point of view of Hope, Lance, Grace, Alex, and Mercy. I felt this gave a wonderful all around story and I was able to fully understand each person. I really look forward to Mercy’s story now!
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*