It's been too long since I've read a Tracie Peterson novel! And also too long since I've written a fiction post!
Tracie is a prolific writer in the christian fiction market and I believe has written over 100 novels. Since I've only read about 5 or 6 I think I need to get busy. : )
All kidding aside, Tracie is a well-loved author, and is able to tell a great story, as well as intertwine the gospel message in a subtle, but powerful way.
In this novel, a young woman named Lydia, comes out of a horrific situation of abuse from an older husband she was forced to marry at the hands of her father. He not only caused her great pain, but caused the loss of several pregnancies due to his beatings. He has now passed away, but the scars are still very much a part of her life and his older sinister children are still very much alive and not happy with what she has inherited.
Lydia asks, 'Why would a loving God let me go through this?' 'Why didn't He protect me?'
The one thing that brings Lydia peace though, is her violin.
But, with the help of an understanding and kind aunt, who she goes to live with in Sitka, Alaska, she begins to learn to trust again.
I loved the setting of this novel, which takes place in 1870 on Baranof Island, in the town of Sitka, Alaska. The history of this town was so interesting, as it was first settled by Russians in 1799.
|1870's drawing of Sitka, Alaska|
But has also been inhabited by the Tlingit, a indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, for many centuries, which Tracie lovingly includes in her story.
|Tlingit canoes in Alaska, 1887|
I really enjoyed this book and its characters. Great story, and I love that it continues into the next book eighteen years later...
This is the first in a three book series and I'm looking forward to reading the last two as well. : )
Buy it HERE on Amazon