Learning new facts about places I know well intrigues me. My latest discovery is Tracie Peterson’s “Steadfast Heart,” which is the first volume in the “Seattle Brides” series. Since I live near the city mentioned, this new release captivated me from the first word, and I was happy to receive a free copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my upfront reactions in this review.
Lenore Fulcher longs for a home and family of her own, but at 20, she has no wish to entertain her father’s choice for a respectable suitor: his 37 year old business associate. She despairs of ever finding the Prince Charming she has always dreamed of, until she happens upon Kolbein Booth. The handsome Chicago attorney is desperate to find his younger sister, who he believes may have come to the city in search of a husband. Lenore never took much stock in love at first sight, but now it’s happened to her. Will she be able to figure out how to get her intended to court her, or will he accomplish his mission and head home before she shares her feelings?
If you like your Christian historical romance filled with adventure and a dash of mystery, then this one will keep you hooked until the last page. The author really brings the Seattle of the 1880s to life, with characters that you will root for. Subtle biblical lessons are seamlessly interwoven throughout the plot, so you can present this to a general audience without fear of objectionable material. Those twelve years and older will enjoy it the most, though. I recommend this title to people who like authors such as Julie Lessman, Karen Witemeyer, and Laura Frantz. My rating is 4.5 out of five stars. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because it ends rather abruptly, but I am confident the loose ends will be addressed in the next entry, which is scheduled to be printed later this year. This tale is available now, wherever you usually buy literature. Seek it out today! Until we meet again…