Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters, Hope and Mercy, became her responsibility. A hasty decision to head west seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start but has instead left Grace in a precarious position. When missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife agree to let Grace and her sisters stay at their mission for the winter, Grace is grateful. Until they hear from their uncle in Oregon City, the three sisters have nowhere else to go.
As Grace adjusts to life in the West, she meets a fur trapper named Alex Armistead who intrigues and infuriates her in equal measure. But when a measles outbreak threatens lives at the mission and among the native Cayuse who live nearby, it is Alex who helps Grace use the natural healing remedies she learned from her mother to help where she can, despite Dr. Whitman's disapproval. As the death toll rises, so do tensions between the settlers and the natives, and Grace soon finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.
This is the first book in the "Heart of the Frontier," series and what an interesting book it was. It is a fiction book which is centred around The Whitman Mission Massacre of November 1847. I am familiar with that, so to have a fiction book which was written about that kept me very interested and wanting more.
The hardship they all went through just to get to the mission and then to be attacked was so sad. However what happened after was as interesting as the actual massacre. The way Tracie wrote about it made it all come to life more and was well written. This first book centres around Grace, the next will be about Hope and the third about Mercy. I MUST read all three as the story carries on from one to another. There is much more to this book that will keep you interested
Stars out of 5 : 5 I loved this book. Tracie tells a great story and makes the characters of her books feel so real. The added tidbits of information she includes; like Grace's natural healing remedies just add another layer to an already wonderful story. If you are at all interested in a historical story with a bit of romance thrown in, this is a book for you. Well done Tracie.
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