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HEARTS AGLOW - LARGE PRINT [Large Print] [Paperback]

Tracie Peterson

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Book Description

February 2011 Striking a Match (Book 2)
Adventure and romance in 1880s Texas; when a young woman feels her dreams are thwarted at every turn, can she find her heart's desire? Striking a Match book 2.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group; Large Print edition edition (February 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764208690
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,080,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Story in True Tracie Peterson Style March 9 2011
By Tiffany Amber Stockton - Published on Amazon.com
I've read so many of Tracie's novels, I can begin to predict certain aspects and formulas she employs during her writing. In this book, she inserted a bit more historical and medical knowledge, which I found quite enjoyable. Seeing a heroine struggling against society mores to practice medicine when the woman's place was in the home appealed to me in the same way the TV show, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, did.

And although some might be taken back by the violence or the level of prejudice, or even the "white pride" portrayed, it is very true to the times. It's not easy removing your 21st century ideals and understandings when you read historical novels, but you can't apply them. Otherwise, you risk viewing those people in a far more negative light than is appropriate for the time in which they lived.

That being said, I did find the cast of characters to be in line with most of Tracie's recent novels. The only problem with that is if you haven't read book 1 in this series, you'll likely get lost and confused. References are made, but there isn't enough to clarify some of them. And of course, this book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts that leads into book 3. Depending upon how anxious you are to find out what happens, you might want to wait until book 3 is released, then read all 3 in a row.

All in all, this book is what I've come to expect from Tracie. It's an enjoyable read, and her writing is what you can count on for a comfort read. You know you'll get a thorough, well-researched story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hearts Aglow April 8 2011
By Joann Carter - Published on Amazon.com
This book has a beautiful cover and is set during 1885 in Eastern Texas. The heroine, Deborah Vandermark pursues her interest in medicine. However, as was often true to this period in history, the community doesn't embrace the concept of a woman for a doctor. Yet, Dr. Christopher Clayton, in spite of this obstacle, encourages her to soak up his medical journals and teach her as much as he can since she has a quick mind for science. Another interesting thread Ms. Peterson weaves though out this story is the racial prejudices prevalent at the time.

I usually enjoy Tracie Peterson's work immensely, yet for some reason, this story felt slow to me, perhaps that is because this is book two of a three part series in which I haven't had the opportunity to read book one. The story also ended with a bit of a cliffhanger as well leaving me to wonder how this situation will be resolved. If you are interested in this series, I would suggest perhaps waiting for book three and working your way through the series from start to finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Same but enjoyable March 8 2011
By Deborah - Published on Amazon.com
While I had enjoyed the first book in the series tremendously, I felt this one to fall a bit short. The story is nothing new in Christian fiction, it's typical inspirational historical romance. There's a bit more historical talk in this book than others which is a nice change of pace. As I had said in my previous review of the first book, I was rather excited of the aspect of there being two characters named Deborah and Jael, akin to the story in the Bible and the fact that I'd never seen these two names used before together in the same story. I was hoping that maybe this overall series would be alluding to a modern day (or rather updated historical) version of story. However, I was disappointed that Jael was barely used in the story at all and there appears to be nothing of the sort to resemble anything of the Bible story.

There is some interesting talk involving race relations that happens throughout the book. Since it's set during the 1880s in Texas, there's many references to distrust and prejudice against African Americans, Native Americans and Mexicans. There's a big sense of "white pride" throughout the story from the residents of town and it's rather scary how they are violent against those they don't feel meet their standards. Also interesting is the notion of women being doctors during this time period. It's a topic that has been brought up several times such as in Dr. Quinn but I always find it to be so fascinating. Just because of her sex, Deborah gets totally denied at doing thing even though she holds the same knowledge as any male doctor perhaps even more so due to her more recent schooling.

Overall, this is pretty much what to expect from a Tracie Peterson novel. There's nothing really groundbreaking and the story is pretty much formulaic. However, I do enjoy her writing because I feel them to be comfort reads for. There's nothing in here to stretch my faith but it's a fun story to read. I would not read this book as a standalone. There are too many characters in the book to keep track of and if you don't read the first book you will be horribly lost. References to previous characters and events are mentioned but they don't go into detail even though they become major plot points in this story.
5.0 out of 5 stars From and by Barbara June 26 2014
By Leland Freeze - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh, I really enjoyed reading the second book, Heart's Aglow of the Striking a Match series. The heroine Deborah, at times can really make a person grab the Kleenex box! She felt like she was only half a person when Christopher, Dr. Clayton, left her with only a letter to say goodbye. They were supposed to be in love and eventually get married. He was the oldest of fifteen children! And one of his brother's was in jail, accused of killing another man,and they were going to hang him. So he had to go to him to try to help. In the meantime, one of the worst hurricane to ever hit the coastal states struck! There was flooding and fires, and destruction everywhere. Then, Deborah reads a newspaper reporting that a doctor in one of the town's had been killed, in the town where Christopher had traveled to, to help his brother. Oh my, well I won't tell you anymore about that. I am happy to say that Deborah's mother married her brother-in-law, Arjan, finally! Sissy, their special black friend is recovering from her attack, where she was beaten very bad and her husband and son was killed.It was all SO terrible! This book is very suspenseful and so good, you hate to put it down! I highly recommend this book!!
5.0 out of 5 stars great April 14 2014
By Paula - Published on Amazon.com
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This book came in fast and in great condition I also love when I get books realy cheap then I can read more.
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