A Compelling Novel of Forgiveness and Hope from Leading Author Tracie Peterson. Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace’s new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope’s mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.Hope’s precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she’s not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?
When I received this book from Bethany House, I knew my mother, Gloria would be very excited because Tracie Peterson is one of her favorite authors. I immediately turned the book over to Gloria to read so everyone could learn about the book. Without anything further, here’s Gloria’s review:
“Beloved Hope is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series, the first book was Treasured Grace.
I did not read the first book, but I feel I would have enjoyed the second one better if I had. The stories are about three orphaned sisters. Grace, Hope, and Mercy Flanagan. (Can you guess what the third book’s title might be? )
In the first book we learned about Grace. Tracie Peterson picks up with the second one is about Hope, the middle daughter in the Flanagan family.
This story begins in Oregon City, Oregon in May, 1850. We learn that Hope survived the Whitman massacre and was asked to testify in the Cayuse trial. She does not believe she can do it. The five Cayuse men who was responsible for the Whitman massacre had been turned over to the army and was there to stand trial.
Hope had survived, but after 21/2 years she still carried scars and knew she had lost trust in God and everyone else, especially a man. Hope had watched John Sager the man she loved and hoped to marry die in her arms. Hope is a survivor of rape from one of the accused and has no hope for her future. She is living with her 2 sisters and brother-in-law Alex and prefers to take care of the sheep and taking care of their wool. Over time Hope realizes God is not to blame. She is pregnant but does not want the child.
Lance Kenner is finishing up his tour with the Army but has one last assignment. He is to guard the five Cayuse men until their court hearing. One day after court hearings Lance found Hope holding a gun on one of his prisoners. After removing the gun from her hands he convinced her that she needs a friend. He is so drawn to her. Their friendship grew into a sweet romance that moved very slowly in this story.
How does the trial go and does Hope testify against the Cayuse five men? Lance has a secret past that Hope does not know? When will be share his past with Hope?
I enjoyed this book and look forward to the third book in this series, Cherished Mercy, that comes out September 5, 2017!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tracie received her first book contract in November 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishing’s 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. Eventually, Tracie also managed Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book line—overseeing the production of 52 books a year.
In December 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers/Baker Publishing Group. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell, Kimberley Woodhouse, and Tracie’s daughter Jennifer.
Tracie, a Kansas native, now makes her home with her husband, Jim, in the mountains of Montana.
I received a copy of this book without cost from the publisher through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own, or in this case, my mother, Gloria’s opinions.