Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Steadfast Heart," by Tracie Peterson

"Steadfast Heart," by Tracie Peterson

Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she's wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--who is seventeen years her senior--an idea that is out of the question for Lenore.

Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.

Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...


This is the first book in the series Brides of Seattle.  I enjoyed the book, but to be honest with you I didn't really think the main characters of the book shone through.  I thought the characters of Abrianna and Wade were more prominent.  I also enjoyed the character Abrianna more as well; she had more life and spark about her than Lenore.  That being said this was an enjoyable book and one that has me interested in wanting to read the rest in the series.

Tracey has written better books and although this was a pleasant enough book, will I remember it next month; probably not. 

Stars out of 5 : 3.5 Nice book, easy read, but forgettable.  If you're looking for a book to while away a few hours, this one could be for you.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

"Like a Flower in Bloom," by Siri Mitchell

"Like a Flower in Bloom," by Siri Mitchell

It's all her uncle's fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she's reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte's future--the only proper future for a woman--is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.

Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he'll soon change his mind...and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society--a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.

Things aren't perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She'll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she's most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?


This book is slow to get going,but once it does you do not want to put it down.  The way Siri has written this book is perfect.  Charlotte is a delightful main character, that you can't help but love and laugh at with what she says. It is easy to see why she makes so many mistakes in "polite company."  She analyses everything that is said and done, and doesn't get the nuances of everyday people as she has led such a sheltered life.

Her poor father isn't much better at understanding the needs and wants of his daughter.  The Admiral comes across as one type of person, but underneath all the pomp and ceremony he is a kind hearted man who loves his niece dearly.

There are a couple of laugh out loud moments and the ending is no surprise.  What was a surprise though were all the do's and don'ts of what should or should not be done and what was considered proper in the mid-1800's.  No wonder poor Charlotte got confused.

Stars out of 5 : 4 slow to get started, but by the time you have read three or four chapters you will start to get hooked on the book.  Well worth the read.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".