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Embers of Love (Striking a Match, Book 1) Paperback – October 1, 2010
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Peterson launches a new Christian historical romance trilogy when Lizzie realizes, just moments before the wedding, that she can’t marry Stuart. Her best friend Deborah invites her to move to Texas, which also allows Lizzie to escape her domineering mother. And when Lizzie meets Deborah’s brother at the train station, she realizes that he is a man she can admire and maybe, in time, love. Safely arrived in the sawmill town of Perkinsville, Lizzie settles happily into a traditional domestic role, while Deborah, homesick during her college years, now feels out of place among her uneducated family and neighbors. When she meets the new doctor, however, she finds in him a kindred spirit and struggles between her desire to help her family in their logging business, and her need to learn and practice medicine. Set among the yellow-pine forests of east Texas in 1885, Peterson’s engrossing novel subtly raises questions about land stewardship, women’s self-determination, and escalating racial tensions, while exploring the role of outsiders in a Southern post-Reconstruction small town. --Lynne Welch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tracie Peterson is the best selling, award winning author of more than 80 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 Belgrade, Montana.
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My biggest complaint and reason for only 2 and not 3 stars is I really do not like stories that do not have a complete ending. This book leaves many loose ends just to manipulate the reader to read the next book in the series. Not one story line was completed in any true sense. That drives me crazy. Now if I want to know what happens I am obligated to buy the next book. Yet although I'm curious I'm not compelled by the intensity of the writing to read more. I have not fallen "in love" with the characters that I "have" to know what happens in their life by this manipulation tactic.
This occurs after the Civil War but also shows a racist killing and comments from others while close to the ending you do hear a little about other racist problems. But this is mainly about Lizzie and her finding out what a true family is all about - and then there are others with possibly more romances.
---Despite the fact that you may want to read more about others in this book, Book #1 does end & ends much better than many from any authors where you feel like you just have to get the other books in a series -
---After reading #1, I felt satisfied with the ending. As for reading Books #2 & #3, I may just go to the Library. But because I do not feel that I was left wondering after #1, I am in no rush to get the others.
This was a very interesting, moving, exciting book to read.
This story is set in 1885. The book starts out with two college roommates trying to figure out how to run away from Lizzie's wedding. She is dressed in her wedding dress about to marry a man she doesn't love, who is totally wrong for her. Her friend Deborah convinces her to run and Lizzie's father gives her his blessing to go. She goes home with Deborah and her brother G.W. to Texas. Lizzie has always been a City Girl and Socialite. Deborah was raised in the woods of East Texas. Their lifestyles are totally different.
Lizzie is shocked by the differences when she gets there, but she embraces the changes and learns to love the hard work of her new life. She falls in love with Deborah's brother and he with her... and then her fiance and her controlling mother show up stirring up trouble and saying Lizzie is married even though the ceremony never took place.
Deborah and the new doctor in town for a friendship. The new doctor is outcast because of superstition and old fashioned medicine. He is almost ready to leave when a disastrous medical emergency falls upon the town. Eventually the people begin to accept the doctor after his role in healing the town folk.
Lizzie's father shows up with proof that she is not married which leaves her and G.W. to figure out their relationship.
I enjoyed this book. It did end sooner than expected, but it made me buy the second book in the series.
I bought this book for my own reading pleasure.
***I received this product at a discount or free to give an unbiased and honest review, as you can tell that I did. All the details and opinions are 100% mine, my husband puts his opinion in on certain products, but this review is mine. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. If you find my review helpful, please vote***