One of her best yet: "Treasured Grace" by Tracie Peterson

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about the book....

In untamed Oregon Country, one young woman fights to keep her family safe.

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters, Hope and Mercy, became her responsibility. A hasty decision to head west seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start but has instead left Grace in a precarious position. When missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife agree to let Grace and her sisters stay at their mission for the winter, Grace is grateful. Until they hear from their uncle in Oregon City, the three sisters have nowhere else to go.

As Grace adjusts to life in the West, she meets a fur trapper named Alex Armistead who intrigues and infuriates her in equal measure. But when a measles outbreak threatens lives at the mission and among the native Cayuse who live nearby, it is Alex who helps Grace use the natural healing remedies she learned from her mother to help where she can, despite Dr. Whitman's disapproval. As the death toll rises, so do tensions between the settlers and the natives, and Grace soon finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

my review....

Well-written and filled with emotional scenes, "Treasured Grace" may be one of Tracie Peterson's best yet! Within only a few pages, I was swept back in time to the Oregon frontier and was instantly captivated by the brave and feisty Grace Martindale who endures tremendous hardship to provide for herself and for her sisters. Readers familiar with the historical events that occurred at Whitman Mission in the 1800s will surely expect that there are many difficult scenes in this book, but those who've never encountered this event should be warned that the details are gruesome indeed. Though Peterson handles them as gently as possible, they nonetheless are disturbing to consider. But Grace's actions (and those of her sisters) in the midst of the darkness truly are inspiring, as she works through tremendous hurt and pain. Peterson deals with some deep themes here, of racism and conflict and oppression, and I couldn't help but read this book and think of how there truly is nothing new under the sun, but that we continue to deal with such things in our present day. The most amazing part of this book is that Peterson can take such a difficult period of time and craft a book that ultimately leads to a place of light in the midst of the darkness. As such, I couldn't put this book down but had to race through the chapters to see how things would resolve. And, of course, this is only the first book in the series and so much is left unsaid about how Grace's sisters Hope and Mercy recover from their horrific experiences. We can only hope that happy endings lie in store for them in the future!

"Treasured Grace" is a tremendous start to the series, and Peterson's fans are going to quickly devour this novel and be left clamouring for more. Fortunately, the publisher is releasing all three books in this series this year, and we won't need to wait as long as we'd normally expect to in order to once again spend time with these courageous sisters! I award this book a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at

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