Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Review: Beloved Hope

Beloved Hope. (Heart of the Frontier #2) Tracie Peterson. 2017. Bethany House. 338 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: "You can't be serious," Hope Flanagan looked at the man who sat opposite her at her sister and brother-in-law's kitchen table. "You expect me to testify in the Cayuse trial."

Premise/plot: Beloved Hope is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier trilogy by Tracie Peterson. This historical fiction series is set in the Oregon Territory in 1850. In the first book, readers met three sisters: Grace, Hope, and Mercy. Hope and Mercy were at the Whitman Mission when the massacre occurred. (Grace, a doctor/healer, was not there.) Hope suffered greatly at the hands of her captors; she was raped and gave birth to a child whom she gave up for adoption. In the second book, Hope has been called upon to testify at the trial. In the weeks leading up to the trial, she meets a young soldier, Lance Kenner. Their meeting is quite dramatic. But over months the two settle down into a very comfortable friendship. But will they remain just friends?

My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. I am not sure I loved it as much as I loved the first book, but, Hope was a difficult heroine to get to know. She survived a traumatic event, has been haunted by it for several years. The book is definitely a solidly good read. I look forward to reading the third book about the third sister, Mercy.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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