Love, Laughter And Manure
Endless Mercy by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is a marvellous Christian historical novel. It is the second book in the Treasures Of Nome series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The main themes are mercy, forgiveness and grace. We see the effect of broken promises on lives, the hurt and pain they leave behind. “Did he deserve her mercy and forgiveness?” No one deserves mercy and forgiveness but we must extend it because we have received it. To withhold forgiveness is to risk becoming bitter. When we forgive we can live in freedom.
God is a God of new beginnings. “It’s never too late… We serve a God of second chances.” It is never too late to have a fresh start in Jesus. He asks us to come to Him just as we are right now.
The novel is about family. Sometimes families are torn apart. Children suffer because of the poor choices of the adults. We witness characters drawing children close, loving them like Christ and welcoming them into their homes. “We’re here to draw people to Christ.” Lives are called to show Jesus to a hurting world.
A Little Prayer And A Lot Of Patience
Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson is a delightful Christian historical romance. It is the third book in the Heart Of The Frontier series but can be read as a stand-alone as the previous two books are incorporated in the story. I would recommend reading the previous two books first as they will help in the reader’s understanding of character development and why some characters behave as they do.
This series has followed three sisters through the real life Whitman Mission massacre (1847) to this novel opening in 1855. This book is Mercy’s story. The reader has seen her develop from a twelve year old to a young woman, still tender hearted but tough when she has to be. She is, as her name suggests, full of mercy. She realises that a heart full of hate is not productive, nor what God wants.
A New Spirit Within
Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson is a wonderful Christian historical romance which I loved. It is the second book in the Heart Of The Frontier series but can be read as a stand-alone as all the back story is incorporated into the book. However I would recommend reading book one Treasured Grace first.
The novel deals with the after effects of trauma. Her “scars weren’t visible ones.” Today we would diagnose PTSD but it was unheard of in 1850. Tracie Peterson explores the difficulties of living a life of fear. “I lost more than my innocence… They took my dreams of love and a family. They took my ability to feel safe.” Home is no longer a refuge. Safety comes in withdrawing from people, hoping to feel better when… but it doesn’t happen. Fear dominates.
Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson is a marvellous Christian historical romance. It is the start of the Heart Of The Frontier series and what a cracking read that promises to be.
Set in 1847, Tracie Peterson has incorporated the Whitman Mission massacre into her work of fiction. This does not make for easy reading but history is not always kind. We need to learn from history in the hope of not repeating it.
The novel highlights the tensions between the Native Americans and the white settlers. Fear brings hostility. Some on both sides are unable to see past the colour of a person’s skin. Others realise a man’s worth is in their character. “He was… a good hearted man who cared about people no matter their colour.”