Friday, June 3, 2011

Hope Rekindled by Tracie Peterson - REVIEWED

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Hope Rekindled

Bethany House (June 1, 2011)


Tracie Peterson


Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels.

She received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.

In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.

She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.

Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max. She's active in her church as the Director of Women's Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer's retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits, to research her books


Will Love Escape Her Grasp?

Life seems to be falling into place for Deborah Vandermark. On the cusp of finally marrying Christopher, the man who claimed her heart, she is devastated when he receives an urgent telegram. Bound to his family obligations, Christopher travels to Kansas City, uncertain of what he will find there.

When her fiancé returns to Texas, Deborah is faced with a very different future than she expected. She finds herself plagued with questions and uncertainty...about marriage, motherhood, and her passion to train as a physician. And when an old adversary reveals a contract that may spell ruin for Vandermark Logging, Deborah's life seems to be spiraling out of control. Can Christopher and Deborah find a way to claim the future they long to share when so much stands in the way?

My Thoughts:

“I believe that because He lives within our hearts – because we belong to Him – we have victory. Satan would steal everything from us. He would take our joy, our hope, our contentment. He desires to destroy us, and what better way that be interfering in our lives and loves?” (p. 30)

Deborah’s mother speaks this wisdom to her daughter early in the story. She speaks it out of her heart and her own personal experiences. Oh, but that spiritual wisdom could so easily transfer itself to our hearts! But in this instance, Deborah is facing a very crucial emotional upheaval, and she is about to learn some very difficult lessons in her own life.

Tracie Peterson has built these characters into very real and memorable people, and at the point where we join Deborah in her journey, the reader might believe that she would have an easier time navigating life’s difficulties with people like her mother to guide her. In fact, what seems to be the main problem at the outset of the story sort of pales in comparison to the troubles Deborah and an entire town must face at the end of the story.

Peterson is a masterful story teller, and if you enjoy multi-layered plots and a very memorable cast of characters, please pick up Hope Rekindled (and the rest of the Striking a Match series) today. You will find it to be a story rich in timeless, practical insight into the human heart, and you will be vastly encouraged in your own faith journey!

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Hope Rekindled, go HERE.

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