Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: Touching The Sky by Tracie Peterson


  Book Summary:
 Though their first encounter is hardly auspicious, Laura Marquardt soon discovers herself drawn to the dashing Captain Brandon Reid. As an officer over the colored troops, he eagerly supports her desire to educate blacks and seek harmony in a town where the defeat of the South is a bitter reality.
 When Laura's sister marries her Confederate beau, Laura finds herself in a difficult situation after overhearing a discussion with frightening consequences. In her heart she feels she could confide in Brandon, but Laura fears to do so may endanger her sister's life. Yet as the stakes continue to rise and Brandon's motives for pursuing her come into doubt, Laura questions where to turn... and wonders if her own dreams of love may be forsaken.

About the Author:
 Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 85 books.  Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.

Tracie 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.

Throughout her writing career Tracie has found time to speak at writer's conferences where she has a special heart for new authors.  She is often joined by her husband Jim, whose background in history offers new authors insight into research.  Besides teaching at conferences, Tracie also at one time managed Barbour Publishing's Heartsong Presents book line - overseeing the production of 52 books a year.

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.

My Review:
 The newest book in the series Land of the Lone Star by the beloved Tracie Peterson takes place in the Texas town Corpus Christie. The time period is just after the end of the Civil War that was won by the Union army. And in this town not everyone agrees them to be the victor. So Union troops are still occupying this town to maintain some semblance of order. At the beginning of the book we find Laura the oldest of the Marquardt daughters in town on an errand for her mother. But unbeknownst to her some fellow townspeople have other plans for her that day. See the Marquardt family are Union supporters and a lot of people in this particular town don't like that about them and see them as traitors.Well just as Laura is being man-handled some troops walk up to check on her and make sure she is safe. They of course sort of scare off the men that are causing problems. And then rides up Captain Brandon Reid to make sure everything is going according to procedure and that he doesn't need to step in. When he is met with a beautiful but very sassy Laura that assures him everything is just peachy. So she runs along not the least bit impressed by the Captain.
 But all that changes when by a slight change in plan Brandon Reid attends a party that Laura's family is hosting and they start to see each other in a different light. Soon after Laura's sister; Carissa engaged to marry a former Confederate soldier, is in grave danger as everyone finds out Malcolm's true nature. And pretty soon the Marquardt sisters are fighting for their lives for a fight that is really not about them until Captain Brandon Reid steps in to save the day.

This book was a real page turner with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure.

*This book was provided to me for free for my honest review by Bethany House Publishers.*