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A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty, Book 1) Hardcover – July 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764204017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764204012
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,870,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tracie Peterson sets a fine example of everything Historical fiction should be..." -- RomanceDesigns.com

"I thoroughly enjoyed Mia and Garrett's story which strikes many emotions." -- Trudy Smith, onceuponaromance.com

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 70 historical and contemporary novels including the HEIRS OF MONTANA, ALASKAN QUEST and LIGHTS OF LOWELL series. Her books make regular appearances on CBA bestseller lists. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She has also written the nonfiction book I Can't Do It All: Breaking Free from the Lies That Control Us (with Allison Bottke & Dianne O'Brian). She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than eighty-five novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Visit Tracie's web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on July 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mia Stanley, from one of the wealthy and influential families of Philadelphia, was a vivacious young woman convinced she was a born matchmaker after so many of her introductions bore fruit in the culmination of marriage. To her families dismay she also wrote articles for GODEY'S LADIES BOOK magazine. After uncovering a nefarious plot exploiting seaman's wives on Philadelphia's docks, she became a woman with a cause. In her journalistic zeal to discover the perpetrator of these crimes, she not only put herself in harms way but was about to lose the high regard of the one man she came to realize was the true love of her life.

*** A long time fan of Tracie Peterson's emotional, adventuresome and inspirational series, I looked forward to starting Book 1 of LADIES OF LIBERTY. While this started off a bit on the slow side, with dialogs I felt were a bit stilted, I was soon caught up in Miss Mia's machinations and the story then steam-rolled into another lovely adventure.

The author did a splendid job creating and showing the reader how Mia was convinced her matchmaking talents were a gift - designed to bring her friends and acquaintances together in a perfect union; as well as her determination to champion the causes of the oppressed using her investigative journalism talents. Garrett, Mia's best friend, who happens to be the boy-next-door grown into a man, was fashioned perfectly, first as Mia's next matchmaking target, and then as her knight in shining armor. It would be while attempting to play matchmaker that Mia would discover, almost too late, that she already knew who the perfect mate for Garrett would be.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Nusz VINE VOICE on July 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mia Stanley has been Garrett Wilson's neighbor since she was a babe. They had practically grown up together. He's been her best friend and confidante, shared her adventures and dreams, and now that they are older, she has realized that it is high time she repaid his kindnesses. Mia decides that what Garrett really needs is a wife. And, with her talent at matchmaking, she's sure to find a lady of high regard with whom he can spend his life.

Finding the perfect lady is more difficult than it seems, though. Problems abound with each and every introduction that Mia makes. Soon, it becomes apparent that the match that she's looking for might have been right under her nose the whole time.

Mia's matchmaking must take a backseat when she discovers, through her writing job at GODEY'S LADIES BOOK, the terrible plight of the wives of Philadelphia's seamen. Mia must delve deep into the seedy side of life to get the story for GODEY'S, hoping that if the tale is told, others will also offer aid to the unfortunate women. In her quest to find a solution, she unwittingly puts herself in danger, and draws Garrett into the danger as well.

A LADY OF HIGH REGARD is a wonderful read, full of realistic heart-warming characters and a strong, but not overdone, message of faith. Author Tracie Peterson has created a richly romantic tale set against one of America's most interesting periods in history. First in the Ladies of Liberty series, A LADY OF HIGH REGARD is simply refreshing, leaving readers with a feel-good outlook and a positive message of hope and love.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly VINE VOICE on August 26, 2007
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A Lady of High Regard is the first book in the new Ladies of Liberty series by Tracie Peterson. It is also one of the most entertaining and hilarious series that I have read by Tracie.

Born into wealth and high society, Mia Stanley works for Godey's Ladies Magazine. Although her parents and best friend Garrett Wilson do not approve. Mia uncovers a dangerous situation at the docks where woman are being charged the debts of their dead husbands at unfair prices and are sometimes having their children taken away. Mia rushes forth to help these women while putting her own life at risk.

Meanwhile, Mia has a natch for matchmaking and has been trying to find the perfect woman, a lady of high regard for Garrett Wilson to take as a wife. Little does Mia know that Garrett has other plans and wishes for her to be that woman.

I really enjoyed this book. The dialogue between Mia and Garret was hilarious when they were arguing sometimes. In one scene where Mia was talking to her parents I burst out laughing at a comment her mother made. The historical detail in this novel is evident as well. It's as though you yourself are thrown in Philadelphia in the 19th century. Throw in a bad guy (Jasper Barrill) and you have an entertaining read. I'm really looking forward to the second book whenever it is out. Whether it continues the story of Mia and Garrett or introduces other characters, I know it will be an enjoyable read. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holly VINE VOICE on June 12, 2009
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A fun little historical read mixed with some romance and suspense. Mia Stanley is a wealthy young socialite in 19th century Philadelphia. She works for Godey's Lady's Book magazine, much to the chagrin of her proper parents. Mia's talent for matchmaking has brought her friends husbands, but none for herself.

Unsatisfied with simply writing about fashion, Mia's interests draw her into the world of the poor, downtrodden seamen's wives on the Philadelphia docks. Women who are terrorized and abused by their landlords, while their husbands are away or dead.

Mia feels called by God to help these women, but her desires to serve them put her in harm's way. Her closest friend, Garrett, finds himself falling in love with her even as he is frustrated with her lack of judgment and her compulsion to put herself in danger.

Christian without being overly preachy, the characters are likeable and the story is interesting.

A compelling, yet easy read.
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