A while ago I was introduced to Bethany House Publishing and their great book review program. I signed up at www.bethanyhouse.com and so far have not regretted it at all! I am fairly new to Christian Romance and the book I chose to review was “Chasing the Sun” by Tracie Peterson.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a book from Bethany House Publishing in my mailbox a few weeks after I signed up to review their books. And even better than that, I found I really liked Tracie Peterson’s characters.
I am a romance novel buff. I have been reading them (scandalously!) since I was thirteen years old. In retrospect, I should not have been reading such adult material at such an early age, and honestly, I would not let my own 12-year-old daughter read such material. That being said, I would readily agree to let her read “Chasing the Sun” by Tracie Peterson.
We are introduced to the main character, Hannah Dandridgre. She is a strong woman, full of faith and even stronger convictions. I like how Peterson quickly gets the reader involved in the struggle Hannah faces with her father missing, taking care of her two younger siblings and the ever-present worry of a Comanche attack, as well as the return of the prior owner of the ranch she lives on.
Hannah is faced with many obstacles throughout the story. She is a believable character who has plenty of common sense and smarts. She is brave but not brash. She is pretty but not ostentatious.
The Texas and Civil War backdrop is ever-present in the story and helps to really bring out the quality of some of the characters. Hannah’s love interest in the story is William Barnett. He returns home from the war after losing his father and brother. His leg is badly damaged and his ranch belongs to another.
There are plenty of twists and turns in this novel which I appreciated. I like how the author intertwined historical facts and data into the story, making it a richer and more enjoyable experience for me since I like history to factual and pertinent to a story.
I was pleasantly surprised at the references to Christianity and Christ, as well as the Bible passages that were used to reiterate what the main characters were going through. It helped to make these characters more relatable since we, as humans, often have the same questions, desires and concerns…and how as people of faith are we to deal with them.
All in all, I was very pleased with this book. Mrs. Peterson definitely has a new fan of her work…so much so that I went to my local library and picked up three more of her books. I look forward to reading the other two books that will accompany this one in her “Land of the Lone Star” Trilogy”.