Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chasing the Sun by Tracie Peterson

I had the opportunity to review Tracie Peterson's newest book, Chasing the Sun, courtesy of Bethany House Book Reviewers.

Hannah is desperate for help in protecting her siblings and Texas ranch. William is determined to regain his family’s land—the land Hannah says she owns. Bound by need but divided by their dreams, Hannah and William form an uneasy truce. In the face of unforeseen challenges, can the blush of first love survive?

In the last few years, Tracie’s books have been hit or miss with me, but I really enjoyed Chasing the Sun, book one of her newest Land of the Lone Star series.

Hannah was a strong, yet vulnerable character who was easy to like and understand. I also loved the Texas ranch setting colored by the Civil War. I don’t think I fully realized that property was seized from Northern sympathizers during the war and given to more ‘worthy’ owners.

That idea made for an even better story when the original owner, William, arrives back home to see his family ranch is occupied. Occupied (of course!) by the lovely Hannah.

Hannah agrees to let Will stay as a ranch hand until the legality of true ownership is settled. Meanwhile, as somewhat predictable feelings begin to develop between Will and Hannah, she is being pressured into a loveless marriage by her father’s greasy partner, Mr. Lockhart. The story has a sinister vein as Mr. Lockhart is even more greasy than anyone realizes.

Chasing the Sun had all the right elements in all the right places for a sweet, engaging, Western-style story. I liked it and am looking forward to the second Lone Star book!

AND FOR YOU, a peek into the book:
Chasing the Sun

Thank you to Tracie and Bethany House for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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