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A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty, Book 1) Paperback – July 1, 2007

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"Tracie Peterson sets a fine example of everything Historical fiction should be..." -- RomanceDesigns.com

"I thoroughly enjoyed Mia and Garrett's story which strikes many emotions." -- Trudy Smith, onceuponaromance.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 70 historical and contemporary novels including the HEIRS OF MONTANA, ALASKAN QUEST and LIGHTS OF LOWELL series. Her books make regular appearances on CBA bestseller lists. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She has also written the nonfiction book I Can't Do It All: Breaking Free from the Lies That Control Us (with Allison Bottke & Dianne O'Brian). She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Edition Unstated edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764227777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764227776
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on July 2, 2007
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Mia Stanley, from one of the wealthy and influential families of Philadelphia, was a vivacious young woman convinced she was a born matchmaker after so many of her introductions bore fruit in the culmination of marriage. To her families dismay she also wrote articles for GODEY'S LADIES BOOK magazine. After uncovering a nefarious plot exploiting seaman's wives on Philadelphia's docks, she became a woman with a cause. In her journalistic zeal to discover the perpetrator of these crimes, she not only put herself in harms way but was about to lose the high regard of the one man she came to realize was the true love of her life.

*** A long time fan of Tracie Peterson's emotional, adventuresome and inspirational series, I looked forward to starting Book 1 of LADIES OF LIBERTY. While this started off a bit on the slow side, with dialogs I felt were a bit stilted, I was soon caught up in Miss Mia's machinations and the story then steam-rolled into another lovely adventure.

The author did a splendid job creating and showing the reader how Mia was convinced her matchmaking talents were a gift - designed to bring her friends and acquaintances together in a perfect union; as well as her determination to champion the causes of the oppressed using her investigative journalism talents. Garrett, Mia's best friend, who happens to be the boy-next-door grown into a man, was fashioned perfectly, first as Mia's next matchmaking target, and then as her knight in shining armor. It would be while attempting to play matchmaker that Mia would discover, almost too late, that she already knew who the perfect mate for Garrett would be.
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Mia Stanley has been Garrett Wilson's neighbor since she was a babe. They had practically grown up together. He's been her best friend and confidante, shared her adventures and dreams, and now that they are older, she has realized that it is high time she repaid his kindnesses. Mia decides that what Garrett really needs is a wife. And, with her talent at matchmaking, she's sure to find a lady of high regard with whom he can spend his life.

Finding the perfect lady is more difficult than it seems, though. Problems abound with each and every introduction that Mia makes. Soon, it becomes apparent that the match that she's looking for might have been right under her nose the whole time.

Mia's matchmaking must take a backseat when she discovers, through her writing job at GODEY'S LADIES BOOK, the terrible plight of the wives of Philadelphia's seamen. Mia must delve deep into the seedy side of life to get the story for GODEY'S, hoping that if the tale is told, others will also offer aid to the unfortunate women. In her quest to find a solution, she unwittingly puts herself in danger, and draws Garrett into the danger as well.

A LADY OF HIGH REGARD is a wonderful read, full of realistic heart-warming characters and a strong, but not overdone, message of faith. Author Tracie Peterson has created a richly romantic tale set against one of America's most interesting periods in history. First in the Ladies of Liberty series, A LADY OF HIGH REGARD is simply refreshing, leaving readers with a feel-good outlook and a positive message of hope and love.
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This novel gives an interesting glimpse into the different opinions held by 19th century society for working women, at a time when most people weren't sure if they should applaud or shun the idea.

I do have to admit that it took a few chapters for me to get used to the style of dialogue that is used. I don't know if this is actually how people in the 19th century talked or not, but it's quite formal compared to what our modern conversations generally are. However, after a few chapters I found I had adjusted well enough to focus more on the story than on the somewhat stiff way people go about conversing.

Mia has a heart for the needy, and her position as a writer for a popular magazine gives her ample information and opportunity to help those who are less fortunate. Mia is bold and crafty in her efforts to help the poor, particularly the seaman's wives, who suffer many injustices while society turns a blind eye. Though her intents are noble, Mia's actions often end up putting her in harm's way, and I couldn't help but think she was rather foolhardy in her disregard for safety. The issue of the seaman's wives, though terribly sad, unfortunately did get a bit old for me after while. It seemed that the same things just kept getting rehashed, particularly whenever Mia would explain the situation to a new person.

Garrett and Mia have been life-long neighbors and best friends, but fairly early in the story they both start to notice a shift in their feelings towards the other. This was fun to watch, but I quickly wished they would just get on with it and admit their feelings for each other. Granted, it wasn't for lack of trying; whenever one or the other would start to approach the subject of their feelings, they would always get interrupted and be unable to continue.
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