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Though reluctant to leave her Mississippi home, Hannah Dandridge follows her father west to care for her siblings. When her father is awarded a ranch on the Texas plains for his support and work for the Confederacy, she begins to blossom in this new way of life.

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.

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Hannah is desperate for help...
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?
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Product Details

  • Series: Land of the Lone Star (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076420615X
  • ASIN: B00A18JJVW
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (493 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was drawn to this book because I'm a sucker for any ranch/western themed romance stories (like the ones you see on Hallmark channel). The heroine, Hannah Dandridge, has to care for her younger siblings on the ranch her family recently acquired, but her father is missing. The hero, William Barnett, is returning home from the battlefields of the Civil War, headed to his family's ranch not knowing that it no longer belongs to his family. Hannah and William meet and while they like each other, both feel their own claim to the ranch should stand. This review will completely contradict some other reviews, but there were three major things I liked about this book:

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).
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I have been a Tracie Peterson fan for a long time. I know when I pick up one of her books I won't put it down until it's finished, and this book was no different.

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!
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Set during the tumultuous years during the War Between the States, Tracie Peterson's newest release, Chasing the Sun, turned out to be a very pleasant read. Hannah Dandridge's life has been anything but easy, and when she is left to care for her siblings and stands to lose the ranch...the very thing she needs is a handsome cowboy to ride in and save the day--even if she won't admit it!

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!
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Author Tracie Peterson is well-known for writing historical Christian fiction, and I've enjoyed several of her other books. So I was excited to get to read "Chasing the Sun" because the story-line is based in my home state, Texas, shortly after the Civil War.

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...
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