Tracie Peterson is a favorite author of mine so getting to read the first book of a new series is always fun for me. It usually means I will end up reading the whole series. It never fails. So I was excited about this series because it really follows a very interesting time in our nations history. In a time when the nation was expanded into the Oregon territory and before it actually became an actual “territory”, there were many ups and downs between the white settlers and American Indian natives in that area. Tracie used that event as the backdrop for this current series.
This event is true and really happened. She did excellent research so that she could weave a story around this event and stay as true as possible to the historic accounts all the while giving us a very classic and enjoyable tale that has made her a successful author.
Here is some information from the publisher about this 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.
As usual the characters are so believable you can imagine it all in your mind’s eye. You begin to forget that these people are not really sharing their stories with you. You laugh with them and of course you want to cry with them. I am so very glad that Tracie was able to capture the struggle between the different people groups, as well as, the difficulties that arose because of the expansion of the nation.
As usual it makes me want to get the next book but in this case even more so, as I am a fan of history and any book that can create a good story around an actual historical event intrigues me. I am looking forward to seeing where we will go next.
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