Monday, April 24, 2017
Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson
Heart of the Frontier Book One
This was a Christian Historical fiction book where, of course, the main two characters fall in love with each other, so I'm not going to go into that too much. You know how it works, the feelings, the misunderstandings, the corrections, etc. But I do like Tracie's writing and I think she does a good job at what she does.
What I really liked about this book was the historical event that Tracie sought to portray as accurately as possible. That even was the Whitman Mission in Oregon Country and the Indian's attack and subsequent massacre of Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa and the men that were staying there. And then how they held the woman and children hostage, raped the women, and how they were ransomed by Peter Ogden. Of course, Tracie took liberties with her characters, but she tried to stick with the main facts and the stories that surrounded it. I did a tiny bit of research on it as well and found it to be quite accurate and fascinating. I really did not know anything about the mission and even less about the attack.
While I don't think reading historical fiction is your best way to learn about history, it is a most interesting way and I like it when I can learn true facts from a fiction story.
Another good point of the story is the main character's sister Hope, was at the attack, was raped and became pregnant. While she was contemplating suicide, hope was offered to her and she chose to give her baby life and allow another couple to raise her as her own. Through this time, Hope was able to experience a bit of healing and hope in her own life as she realized her suffering was bringing someone else great joy.
This book was given me by Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review.
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