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Embers of Love (Striking a Match) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2010
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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.
The story begins with friends Deborah and Lizzie having finished up their college degrees. That intrigued me from the beginning it's very rare to read historical fiction that involves women finishing their degrees. You read all the time about them starting up their first year but then they usually end up dropping out due to getting married or not being able to put with the pressure. Therefore it was really interesting seeing them after they've gotten their degrees and then figuring out what they are going to do next. The situation involving Lizzie and her fiance/husband is VERY interesting because it involves the case of what is an actual marriage. It might be one of the few Christian books that upholds an annulment.
I don't know if this is a coincidence or if in later books it will play a part, but I found it quite interesting that there are two characters named Deborah and Jael. If you are familiar with the story of Deborah the Judge from the Bible (which I am since I am named after her), then you will know that these are the names of the two women prominent in the story. While I've seen Deborah used every now and then in books, I've never seen Jael used before so it was slightly intriguing for the use of these names.
My only qualm was that I felt the cowboy character was brought in at the last moment to create some romantic tension between Deborah and Dr. Clayton.Read more ›
The story begins in 1885 in Philadelphia as two young women, Deborah and Lizzie, graduate from college and begin their adult lives. Lizzie is engaged to be married to a wealthy future politician, Stuart, but she decides that she does not love him and flees with Deborah to Perkinsville, Texas, which is Deborah's hometown. Texas is where the adventure really begins.
While Lizzie deals with her former fiancée, a possible new love in the person of Deborah's brother, and her suffragette mother, Deborah is trying to find her place in the world. She went to college in order to return to Texas and take care of the bookkeeping portion of the logging business that her family owns. However, she finds herself drawn to the medical sciences and to the new doctor in town.
Overall, I think this book is what the Christian historical fiction genre should be. There are several characters involved in intertwining storylines, and the accounts are based on what was going on historically in Texas and in the United States at that time. Although at times this novel got rather "preachy" for my taste (about social issues, not about God), there were interesting points made about the issues of slavery, women's rights, and the environment. I especially enjoyed reading this story from the perspective of a town that is a "company town." I had heard of this concept before but didn't really know what it was. The company that started the town in "Embers of Love" is a lumber mill company, and most everyone in the town works at or for the mill. I also enjoyed seeing the medical advances that were being discovered at that time in history and the interest the character of Deborah had in the medical arts.Read more ›
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As usual, this author delivers a book that teaches as well as is interesting! History of Texas, post Civil War, romance and how to live for Christ.Published 8 days ago by book lover
i THINK IT IS GOING TO BE JUST FINE, HOWEVER I WOULD HAVE LIKED JUST A SMALL AMOUNT MORE PADDING IN THE SEAT AREA.Published 14 days ago by Larry Hale
I enjoyed the characters and the closeness of the family.
Didn't know what was coming next. The willingness to help others in their need. Read more
Strong willed girl always make for the good heroine's story. Hated for the book to end, tho', with unfinished plot lines. Must buy the next book to see what happens next.Published 17 days ago by Ronald R. Meyers
This is the first book in the series of Striking a Match. It is set in Texas after the Civil War. Tracie Peterson has written many books which are relaxing and enjoyable to read.Published 28 days ago by Kathleen