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Chasing the Sun (Land of the Lone Star) Paperback – Bargain Price, March 1, 2012
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But when she receives word that her father has been taken prisoner by the Yankees, her future becomes uncertain. An offer of marriage could solve her problems, but Hannah's heart falters at the thought. Instead she determines to remain on the ranch with her siblings and the hired help.
Then wounded Union soldier William Barnett arrives, claiming the ranch as his own... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
William is determined to regain his family's land...
When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but also for the Texas ranch her father recently acquired. A marriage of convenience could ease her predicament... but is it the true desire of her heart?
Wounded soldier William Barnett returns home only to find out that his family's ranch has been seized. Though angered at this turn of events, he's surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.
Despite these circumstances, Hannah and William form an uneasy truce... and an undeniable attraction builds between them. In a land where loyalties are divided in a country ravaged by war, is there any hope that the first blush of love can survive?
Top Customer Reviews
Characters-the heroine was "feisty" (I hate to use that word since that's what EVERY heroine is described as in Christian fiction books) but Hannah has spirit without being a hotheaded brat. There is one scene where she does something foolish but the hero takes her to task for it. William also was a refreshing change from the typical hero that is brooding with walls around his heart, etc. Instead William is strong, moral without being preachy, and realistic.
Conflict/plot- the conflict between the hero and heroine was believable. I find that often the conflict in a romance book or movie is extremely contrived, lasts way too long and could easily be resolved with a 2 minute conversation. The ranch is a very believable point of contention, and the arguments between Hannah and William build tension while making sense (again, a major quibble I have with the Christian fiction books is the characters argue often to show their attraction, but the arguments are usually very forced, about nothing and just an excuse for snappy dialogue).Read more ›
Strong willed Hannah Dandridge is valiantly trying to keep things going on her Texas ranch in her fathers absence while at the same time raising her young brother and sister. Not having heard from her father in a while she becomes concerned and asks his law partner, Herbert Lockhart, to find out if her father is okay. Mr. Lockhart however, has other ideas.
In comes William Barnett, the son of the former owner of the ranch back from the war. Not knowing his families ranch was given to the Dandridges he assumes he is "home". What ensues between Hannah and William and Herbert, not to mention the Indians, makes this a well rounded book full of suspense, intrigue, romance and faith.
I highly recommend this book which is Book 1 of the Land Of The Lone Star series. I cannot wait until Book 2! Ms. Peterson does not disappoint. You will be glad you picked up this book!
Hannah and William were both likable characters, with their own flaws and problems threaded into the story. Their romance seemed a bit cliché to me--heart flutters at first sight and all--and I never really saw much progression. They just saw met and took an instant liking to each other that they (of course!) refused to admit to for the longest time.
I don't normally find this problem in Christian fiction...but I felt there was too much dragged-out preaching in the book. And that's a lot, coming from me--as I like a strong Christian view-point! But in Chasing the Sun, I just felt as if it was too heavy. Just kind of "dropped" heavily into selected scenes instead of sprinkled and woven throughout.
The storyplot was interesting, if somewhat overused. But, for fear of giving away anything in the book, I'll refrain from saying anything more. The story moved along well enough, but there wasn't a lot of tension throughout. Oh, there were several climatic moments, yes...but none ever held out for long or went very high, in my opinion (this coming from an action-and-suspense lover).
With all that said, Chasing the Sun was a pleasant, one-time read for me. I think fans of Peterson's work will be delighted with her new Land of the Lone Star series. Not sure if I will read the rest in the series--will have to see how the synopsis intrigues me!Read more ›
The two main characters, Hannah and William, come from two different backgrounds... Hannah's family moved west to Texas during the War to get away from the conflict. William and his brothers & father left their ranch in Texas to join the fighting on the Union side. Being viewed at traitors, William's ranch is given to Hannah's father as a reward for Confederacy loyalty. When Hannah's father leaves to visit a sick relative back in Mississippi, she is left with her younger siblings in charge of the ranch. William returns home as the only survivor of the family after the fighting, he finds that the ranch no longer belongs to him and wants to do everything he can to regain it. A variety of situations (deceptive business partner, indians, sickness, etc...) throw together the main two characters, and following very predictable romance fiction, they fight falling in love and don't have real conversations until the end. Two minutes of talking could have solved a lot of problems. But both characters fight pride and independence.
The various situations in this book honestly made it hard to swallow all in one story. Yes, a lot of those things happened back in that time period, but for them to all happen in just a few months, and to the same young woman (she's only 19), and everything to always turn out in her favor, just wasn't realistic. I also felt like the author was trying to impose current viewpoints on slavery, prejudices, male-female roles, etc...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very good story about life during the civil war and life in Texas on a ranch and fighting IndiansPublished 1 day ago by GH
Even though I read this series out of order, the thrills and excitement keep you wanting to continue until the book is done. A wonderful story.Published 3 days ago by eileen arndt
I have read a few of Tracie Peterson books. I enjoyed the setting of this book and the characters. The one thing that I didn't like, was how the author often used her characters... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lydia
I love Tracie Petersons books. She always pulls me into the stories she tells. Hannah and William's story is no different. It's the time of the Civil War and Indian uprising. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Patricia A. Arteaga
Clean and enjoyable reading, including God's plan of salvation. The excellence that we have come to expect from Ms. Peterson.Published 25 days ago by nlrNana
Hannah Dandridge has always been the dutiful daughter, raising her young half-siblings as her own when their mother died. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Twin Willows Farm