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Embers of Love (Striking a Match) Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 196 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Striking a Match Series

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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

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, 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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Product Details

  • Series: Striking a Match (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208195
  • ASIN: B005M4PK22
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story moved slowly for me. It seemed to just go on and on in some parts with no advancement to the plot.
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.
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While I value the fact that Tracie Peterson writes good clean books, as well as interesting, this is the second of her books I have downloaded that just stop without ending. Even if a book is a part of a series I like each one to be complete within itself.
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Reading this book was a breath of fresh air from Tracie Peterson. I've felt that her last few series haven't been up to par with some of her best works. The last two series, I was a bit disappointed after reading them. However after finishing this book, I have high hopes for this new series. There were many things I liked about it and I hope that they will continue in future books.

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.
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This is the second Tracie Peterson novel that I've tried to read (the other was A Daughter's Inheritance). I haven't been able to get into either of them. I simply didn't find the characters compelling enough to continue reading. The writing, the plot, the setting, all were interesting. I just didn't care enough about the characters I met to invest my time. I downloaded both novels for free; I had debated about purchasing Embers of Love on several occasions, and I'm glad that I didn't. I may come back to this novel and try again in the future. Sorry, Ms. Peterson!
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"Embers of Love" is the first novel in the latest trilogy by Tracie Peterson.

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.
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