HEARTS AGLOW - LARGE PRINT Paperback – Large Print, Feb 2011
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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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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.
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.
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.
Book 2--Hearts Aglow (Striking a Match)
Book 3--Hope Rekindled (Striking a Match)
I loved this series! Typical Tracie Peterson who weaves a fantastic story that you feel you are living right beside of the characters. I like the realistic things she puts in her novels, makes you realize she just isnt writing a book but writing a history of the characters and it makes them dear to the heart.
I like her style of writing also because she isnt 'in your face with God'. Some people get put off by it and will not finish the book if you are constantly throwing things in. Friends of mine who were not christians read these and they call me asking me questions that the book makes them think, which brings out the 'God' questions and answers and they are not offended.
However, the only downfall I see are the secondary characters. They should have had their own books and they are very quickly matched up or their stories are very short in conjunction with the main people. I wish she would have elaborated on those in other books instead of quickly throwing those in. Kind of like she did with all the Alaskan books, or the Montana series.
This is a good and easy read. It flows and there really are no 'dead' spots. I have been a Peterson fan since her Alaska series (which they are all fantastic!--go and read those as well, get the whole series if you can as you wont be able to put it down!) Yukon Quest, Alaskan Quest and Song of Alaska Series. Who am I kidding, all her books are the best, hope she never stops writing!
The book opens up where Sissy and her family is brutally attacked by a group called the White Hand of God. Throughout the book, Deborah and her family do their best to see that the black community in their town is included in all the activities that go on. Deborah on the other hand, is still busy learning to become a doctor with the help of Dr. Christopher Clayton, whom she is still courting. However many of the townsfolk still do not believe that a single woman should be tending the sick. When Dr. Clayton gets a distressing letter from home, he leaves, leaving Deborah to think that perhaps what they had will never come to be. Meanwhile Jake Wythe tries to win the affection of Deborah...
I love the character of Deborah. She is headstrong, independent, and knows what she wants. Even her mother is portrayed this way as well since she does not back down on anybody if she disagrees with something. I really liked how the book dwelved into the discrimination aganist blacks during this time period, and then showed how Deborah's family responds to it- by bringing Sissy into their home and letting her be part of everything that goes on in the family. Looking forward to the last book out this summer.
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