A Dream to Call My Own is the 3rd book in the Brides of Gallatin County series by Tracie Peterson. It is a historical novel set in Montana. The story itself centers primarily on Lucy Gallatin. She is the youngest of three sisters that's father was murdered mysteriously. For Lucy, despite her faith in God, she is controlled by an unrelenting need to find out who killed her father. Her fierce determination to do so undermines other aspects of her life.
Throughout the novel, we are able to follow Lucy as she struggles with her faith and attempts to trust God. He shows her her need to understand true forgiveness and the fact of her own enslavement to avenging her father's death.
This book was such a treat to read. It was a captivating novel that kept me wanting to learn more about Lucy. I hope to go back and read the first two books in the series and find out how the story began. There is no denying that nothing can replace the word of God for rich encouragement, but it is always refreshing to read a fictionalized story that has interwoven God's word and truth.
The characters encouraged and rebuked one another with God's word. In one instance, as Lucy's fiance, Dave Shepard, struggles to appropriated love and care for her, he tells his father that he hopes to be "everything" to Lucy. Rather than commend such a romantic notion, his father swiftly rebukes him saying, "God won't have His place usurped." It was a response that was true and I was pleasantly surprised to see it honestly said.
I appreciated moments like that one throughout the story. Of course, in the end, it is a work of fiction. If you do enjoy a good book of fiction, interspersed with a little romance, and a clean story line, then I would highly recommend this book.