Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier Series #2)

Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier Series #2)

by Tracie Peterson


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A Compelling Novel of Forgiveness and Hope from Leading Author Tracie Peterson

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace's new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope's mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.

Hope's precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.

As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764213281
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Series: Heart of the Frontier Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 338,974
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 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 Montana. Learn more at

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Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago flat plot. Worst book I have read in a while. Pretty annoyed it was $10 for this poorly written book with whiney.and annoying charachters. Don't buy it.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
1847 Whitman Mission Abhorrent Indians attacked and killed the males, raped and kidnapped the women, holding them hostage for a month. Two and a half years later, they are being brought to trial – and Hope is one of their key witnesses. She is constantly having to come to terms with her life afterwards, finding it a difficult thing to get over. Having to go through the trial brings it all back to life again. And brings back the memory of the secret she keeps. Tracie Peterson works her magic as few other do, presenting the facts and bringing to life the feelings of those who were involved. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #BelovedHope #TraciePeterson #NetGalley #BooksYouCanFeelGoodAbout
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good book , following along in this series
Kayla_Stierwalt More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Beloved Hope, the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series, by Tracie Peterson in exchange for a review. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, which made sense to me despite not having read the first in the series. Though the setting may seem old, simple and isolated from civilization, it presents complex human issues through the lives of the three sisters in the Flanagan family in Oregon City. The story revolves around Hope; she, along with her older sister Grace, survived a massacre by the Cayuse. The effects of that trauma lingers even more than two years later when the trial occurs for the Cayuse. Hope still keeps her heart hidden and fears the man who abused and impregnated her while she was held hostage. Yet as the story unfolds, we see multiple perspectives and timelines of forgiveness as well as hope for romance and intimacy after healing. The story depicts a realistic development of pain, healing and forgiveness. Hope goes from fear to hope as she finally learns to trust the Lord. Ultimately, she sees that she need not hide from the prospect of marriage as she can enjoy an intimacy with God as well as with someone he has in mind for her. The story shows the understanding and patience of a godly man as Army lieutenant Lance Kenner gets closer to Hope, always respecting her need for space and understanding. Hope’s sisters also go through different phases of trust, love and forgiveness as they embark on new stages of their relationships and healing from the massacre trauma. I enjoyed the story, particularly its realistic and hopeful portrayal of healing and forgiveness. The setting may have been different from my experience, but I could relate to the universal experience of learning to trust. It also presented new information regarding history that informed while providing a premise for a timeless hope lesson. I already have another Tracie Peterson book on my shelf to review. I look forward to reading and reviewing Out of the Ashes as well as continuing the Heart of the Frontier series.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
If you read my review of 'Treasured Grace' then you are ahead of the curve on what to expect in this review. If you haven't read the first book I strongly urge you to do so. Though it's now two years later there is still much carryover which prompts me to include a disclaimer again. Yes the massacre, the killing, the sexual assault are over but they are still a part of this book. The Indians responsible for the attack are found and brought in to face trial. It may have been two years but not everyone, Hope, is ready to move forward. These are real events in our real history that are the catalyst behind this book. History is messy. Faith can be messy. Life is messy. I applaud authors who take the messy hard things and aren't afraid to have the difficult discussions. All that being said I really like 'Beloved Hope'. Hope had such a personality and depth to her that was refreshing after her sister, Grace. Where Grace came across as overbearing, Hope came across as dimensional. Yes, she was emotional but she was also steady in her convictions, she was centered in her decisions (even when they were off base!) and she was relateable. Don't get me wrong, I found myself getting so very frustrated with Hope. I found myself thinking how whiny she came across. I mean it's been two years right? I had to stop myself a couple of times. Yes it's been two years but. . . I had to stop and remember what she had been through. She'd been assaulted, multiple times, by one of the natives. A man who had made her uncomfortable months before the attack in the way he looked at her and treated her and spoke to her. A man who's child she conceived during the assaults. A pregnancy she wanted to end or to end her own life because of the pregnancy. I child she gave birth to and gave to another couple. Yes it's been two years but it's only been two years. Any one of those things could affect her the rest of her life. She was coping with more than any one thing. It was a reminder that sometimes the healing is harder than what you are healing from. I appreciated the faith elements of this book as well. For the most part they were seamless and integrated and so very real to the characters and circumstances that brought them to light. However, at times it felt a bit overdone (for example: a characters thinking on a specific verse but spelling it out in completeness with chapter and verse in a thought. I know I don't think like that, so it just felt awkward.). I also liked the tangled web of Lance and Alex's history. Lance was in interesting character as well and his friendship with Hope, in my opinion, was a blessing to her healing. This is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series and I can't wait to read Mercy's story next week.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series and great like the first. This book shows how Hope and her sisters survive after the massacre of the Whitman mission. Hope has many items to get passed. I recommend that you read the first in the series so you know what is going on. I love the characters if Hope and Lance and all the others. Can one survive the travails that Hope has gone through. The answer is yes with a lot of faith. This they all learn. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
This book picked up the story of the three sisters that we met in Treasured Grace and continues it, with Hope as the main character. She is still hurting, bitter, and fearful as a result of the attack on the Whitman Mission. This story was more character-driven than action-filled, but there were some suspenseful moments. Justice was served to some of the perpetrators of the Whitman Mission Massacre, a horrific event, but author Tracie Peterson deals with it delicately and appropriately. It is a story of hope; seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of despair. I thought it was great that the story for each of the sisters continued, which gave cohesion to the series. This novel could be read as a stand-alone, though. Fans of "prairie" fiction will enjoy this tale, set in Oregon in the 1850s. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
elfosterreviews More than 1 year ago
First off, this book it the second in the “Heart of the Frontier” series. It can be read and understood without reading the first of the series. The events of this book do tie into the events of the first, however, Peterson does a good job of providing enough of a recap that new readers do not find themselves lost. I wanted to like this book. Upon receiving a copy of this book, I was pleasantly surprised to find a list of dozens of other novels written by Peterson on the flyleaf. I love finding new, engaging authors who already have a long repertoire of books to go through; but that is not the case here. Let’s start with the redeeming part of this book: It was historically accurate. The information about the Whitmore Massacre is accurate, most of the names given of those who perished are actual people who were killed, and dozens of women and children were taken captive. The time frame between the massacre and the trial is accurate, the outcome of the trial is accurate, the sentencing and execution are accurate, the dates used are accurate—you get the point. And while I love historical accuracy in stories like this, it is not enough to overcome some of the other faults. As a work of romance, I don’t have too many issues. Hope and Lance’s story is cute. Grace and Alex’s relationship is established in the first novel in the series, and continues to expand and grow throughout this novel. And youngest sister, Mercy, takes her first steps into the field of romance and learns a lot about who she wants to be. BUT! Hope is suffering from PTSD, and the steps she goes through to overcome that are not necessarily accurate or enough. By this I mean, Lance gives hope space, he lets her make the decisions about what she wants their relationship to be. And that’s great, but the main “crutch” to Hope overcoming her PTSD is faith. And I have a very, VERY, hard time believing that in the midst of a trial that drags up all those awful memories, that faith alone is enough. Which brings us to the religious aspects of this novel. I fully understand that this is Christian Fiction. But this was overkill. While reading I often felt that Peterson made a list of verses and passages from the Bible that fit in with the messages she wanted to include, and then shoved every. single. one. into this book. At one point, instead of just including the words of passages she goes as far as to state that the passage comes from Psalm 56:3. Now this documentation isn’t inherently bad, but as the novel wore on there was a definite thickening of religious messages included, and in the final 60 pages, suddenly it was all important to actually state where in the Bible these words were coming from. It was just too much. This novel started out as lighthearted as one can be when dealing with a rape survivor, and continued on a path that actually gave that character, Hope, a personality and a future. She wasn’t just a victim and she wasn’t portrayed as being helpless, but as the novel came to a close suddenly is wasn’t about the progress Hope made, but about the messages of faith that pertained to her situation. I just felt like I was reading a list of biblical messages that pertained to fear and faith. I did enjoy the relationships presented between the characters, and the historical aspects of the plot. But overall, this one missed the mark for me. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
TheBookUniverse More than 1 year ago
"Hypeness" Rating: 5.0 Book received through the Bethany house in exchange for an honest review. In the second book of the Heart of the Frontier series, we learn that Hope Flanagan has survived the Whitman Mission. Unfortunately, like all things in life it cam at a great cost. She lost someone dear to her and paid a price that runs deeper than anyone can imagine. The aftermath of this event has Hope torn and sure that no man can be trusted again. Afraid of what happened to her, she decides to stay with her younger sister, Mercy, and with her older sister and her husband, Grace and Alex. To keep her mind off of that horrible event, she takes care of the sheep they have. In the middle of recovering from the past, Hope is asked to testify against the Cayuse, who were responsible for the massacre. She doesn't think she will be able to will herself to tell her side of the story but she doesn't want the attackers to be released either. Just like every historical fiction book, a person comes to the rescue and provides some sunshine and hope, of course, into her life. Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, is assigned to work at a jail where the attackers are being held until the trial is over. Lance in hoping to leave the army and go back home to New Orleans. When he meets Hope, things may just turn around for him as both of them help each other recover from their past... but they both have dark secrets that lie behind them. They must either let those events drag them down or help them become stronger. This book was quite surprising for me! Hope was a fascinating character to follow. Though she had her ups and downs throughout the book, by no means was she a weak character. Despite her past, she handled her emotions quite well. Lance tied the book up and played a big part in Hope's life. Lance supported Hope throughout the book and gave her the space she needed to recover. Hope's sisters were very dear and did whatever they could;d to help their sister. Grace, Hope's older sister, always assisted her younger sister at any cost and at any time. Mercy, Hope's younger sister, was the wise one in the household. Though Hope didn't bother to listen all that closely to Mercy's advice, Mercy was always giving her insight in every situation. Even though Mercy was young, people didn't bother to listen to her. I didn't read the first book in the series but I was able to easily understand what was happening in the book. I really recommend people to give this book a go. The next book in this series follows Mercy. I cannot wait to read it and I would like to thank Ms.Peterson for writing such a fantastic book. Thank you once more to the Bethany House for providing me a copy of this book!
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
Wow!! This histoical novel takes the reader May 1850 in Oregon City, Oregon. This is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series. Although not necessary, but it would enhance the story if Treasured Grace, the first book in the series, is read first. It would give the reader a background of the story. This story centers around Hope Flanagan. She along with her younger sister, Mercy, was at the Whitman Mission that dark day the massacre occurred. John Sager, the boy she was seeing and planned to marry, was also there also. In fact, she cradled his head as he died. The Cayuse were angry and there had been trouble brewing for weeks due to the the sickness in their tribe and the inability of the local doctor to save their people. Hope's captivity and abuse at the hands of the Cayuse was a nightmare she did't want to think about or relive. Amory Holbrook had been appointed to the the United States Attorney for the Oregon Territory and he was convinced since Hope had witnessed the murder of Dr. Whitman that her testimony was essential. Hope is still angry and bitter about the massacre and enduring her captivity and I feel with every reason. She is one of three girls and she has always tried to shield Mercy, but of late Mercy feels that Hope need to forgive their captures. Hope, I think feels as abandoned today by God as she did during her capture. She lost so much that day and endured so much, how could God let these horrible things happen? It is obvious the author captures the life of pioneer living. She brings both the life and characters to life in my mind. Hope is a strong, well developed character with flaws, but is easy to love. Her crisis of faith is one that many of us have during a crisis so her emotions were both raw and real. This is a book that easily pulled me in and held me until the last page was turned. This story has elements of history, forgiveness, crisis of faith, second chances, hope and love. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history or a good, clean story. *I received this book from the author via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
cdscotton More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson was one of the first Christian Fiction authors I ever read, and I have enjoyed reading most of her books since. And I must say that with Beloved Hope, the second in her “Heart of the Frontier” series, Ms. Peterson has written another great book. It centers on Hope, a survivor of the Whitman Massacre, who is struggling to overcome what happened to her there when she’s asked to testify against her Indian attackers at their trial. She harbors anger and a desire for revenge toward them for what they did to her and the others. Hope is a great character. She’s determined to put it all behind her but she can’t, not even once the trial is completed. Hope struggles with leaning on God in the wake of this traumatic event and it is something that I deeply empathize with. I also appreciated that none of the secondary characters, especially Hope’s two sisters, felt her feelings were necessarily wrong in and of themselves. They worried about the damage to Hope herself with her inability to move on from the tragedy by keeping a hold on those feelings. Lance is the other main character, and he’s also a good character, though his development isn’t quite as noticeable as Hope’s is. He’s a soldier at the beginning of the book, tasked with making sure the Indians on trial for the massacre are kept safe during it. He and Hope develop a friendship that eventually blossoms into love. Lance’s main struggle is trying to forgive the man who engaged in a duel with his brother, and to learn to lean on God. The journeys that Hope and Lance take throughout the book are thought provoking and believable. The secondary characters, especially Hope’s sisters, Mercy and Grace, are excellently drawn. None of them feels as if they are a mere plot point. Grace is the heroine of the first book, and Mercy the heroine of the next one. I am definitely picking up both stories. Though they are a series, each book works perfectly well as a standalone. Ms. Peterson always does an excellent job of setting the scene, and this one is no exception. You can definitely see Oregon City through the eyes of the characters. I give this book 4/5 stars and recommend it to lovers of Christian Historical Romance who appreciate tough topics being handled deftly. There is one part of Lance’s forgiveness story that feels contrived, but it doesn’t distract from the overall themes and didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions are my own.**
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Dramatic and emotional, Beloved Hope is a beautifully told tale! As I began reading, I was immediately drawn in and captivated by the story that unfolds. Hope Flanagan’s strength is admirable, and my heart ached for her and all she endured. I love Tracie Peterson’s storytelling and look forward to continuing the Heart of the Frontier series! Although I have not read the first book in this series, I was able to enjoy the continuing story line. I do hope to read Treasured Grace soon, as I am eager to know more about the background of the characters and the beginning of their journeys. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
SignGirl58 More than 1 year ago
Once you've survived an unimaginable hardship, how do you live again? Hope Flanigan wrestles with this question in "Beloved Hope," the second book in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series. The first thing I liked about this book is that it is almost a stand-alone book. In a series, usually you're confused by missing details or assumed character relationships. Not so with "Beloved Hope"! Peterson carefully pieces in details from "Treasured Grace," the first book in the trilogy, and yet it was done with such taste and care. The events surrounding Hope's arrival in the Oregon frontier will forever be seared in her mind and she doesn't know how to go on. Can her sisters, Grace and Mercy, help Hope out of the dark cloud she lives under? I don't want to give away any details, but if you like Peterson's writing cadence, you'll be very happy with this book! The characters are very well developed and you get connected to them and their emotions. A nice read amidst a difficult topic! I received "Beloved Hope" from Bethany House Publishing for my honest and fair review.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was had an unexpected story with a beautiful writing and compelling to read with had it all of twists and turns and full of surprising that all coming from struggles, faith, hope, fear, and passion from a woman are hope to searching for healing forgiveness and love to the simple life in Oregon City. The story also had come with the historical of the America appearances in the book plus imagination and experience of the author of this book. Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family live in Montana. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review “.
Emme_Faith_Church More than 1 year ago
I love this sequel! I am absolutely in love with this series so far. I love the prairie setting and the characters. I was happy to see that Tracie also included characters from Treasured Grace (and they were a pretty big part of it, in fact!). To me this story is filled with journeys. Hope’s journey, Grace’s continuing journey, Mercy’s journey (I loved how we get a view of her before her story comes out!), Lance’s journey, etc. When I was done I had a moment of WOW. We went from anger, pain, misery, bitterness–to sweet, loving, trusting in God. This is so amazing. But let’s get a little specific here… Hope is a lovely character In the first book we see her as somewhat fickle and flighty. With her string of suitors and her flirtatious mannerisms. But wow! Character development, people. She’s gone through a lot (read the other book for that) and it shows. I am glad I got to peek into her story as I identified more with her than Grace . Re-visitation of old characters I love when people use their old characters. It’s not so much reusing them as revisiting them. Alex, Grace, Mercy, and other characters return. Intro to Mercy Mercy is the sister who seeks education. You have Grace–the healer, Hope the romantic, and now Mercy the learner. I fully expect her to find someone when she goes for school but…for now she’s single. She’s also very young at the moment. (but prairie days were different) One thing I like about her is how she doesn’t just go with the flow and marry one of those random proposal guys. (there’s a shortage of woman and plenty of men who need-want wives .) There are several jerks where they live btw so expect it. She has dreams of her own, and yet she’s willing to conform her dreams to God’s will. Can’t wait for Cherished Mercy. And then there’s Lance… I wasn’t expecting much of a link with the main dude and the first book, so I was surprised when one occurred. This story is told in about the same perspective style as Treasured Grace. It switches from Hope to Lance on a regular basis. I love the development between Lance and Alex. I am not going to spoil anything that the synopsis wouldn’t spoil so no more details. Just know I liked it. One part is ermmmmm… When we get there…there’s a part right after someone gets married where I think it went borderline too close. I didn’t personally feel very comfortable at how close we got to ‘too much’. Basically, it was there to show how someone overcame their difficult past–but I think it could’ve been shown in other less suggestive ways. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions here expressed are solely my own. A positive review was not required.
Natonito More than 1 year ago
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Although I do not read many romance novels in the course of my voluminous devouring of volumes of material, from time to time romance novels do cross my path, and this is the second one by the author that has done so [1]. Given the generally high quality of romance novels that I read, I have to admit that this is the second time I have been disappointed by a Tracie Peterson novel. Simply because someone has written dozens of novels does not mean that their novelists are pleasant even to audiences that might be receptive to historical romances, in this case dealing with the Pacific Northwest in the area in and around Oregon City. This is, it should be noted, an area I know well, and this novel, like the preceding one, hit close to home. Perhaps it hit a little too close to home, as this novel features a sympathetic heroine in the PTSD-afflicted Hope, and her mysterious and decent and reluctant beau. Although the couple themselves worked out well, I just did not really enjoy this novel. The framing of the story and most of all, the heavy-handedness of it, kept me from getting in the story, as I kept on getting pulled out of it my my irritation with the author. At its heart, this is a novel about divine providence. It features three orphaned sisters, who are adapting to life in Oregon City in the 1850’s. The novel is set after the previous one, when the resumption of peace has led to some of the Cayuse to be tried for the crimes of rape and murder in the sack of the Whitman mansion. Hope, as a survivor of rape from one of the accused, is asked to try and finds herself unable to. Much of the novel deliberately keeps the hero and heroine apart, and forces characters to wrestle with honesty and moral courage before the inevitable ending. All of the barriers to happiness in this novel–Hope’s PTSD, Grace’s pregnancy and struggle with cholera, Alex’s wounds from a bear attack, and so on–seem rather contrived, which is a fatal mistake in a novel that depends a great deal on the reader putting up with the most dramatic events being “off-screen,” as it were. The dramatic events of the book are not shown, but told, and when they are told in such a heavy-handed way that serves the agenda of the author and not the pleasure of the reader, a great deal of the enjoyment of reading a novel is lost. If I wanted to read a narrow-minded examination on divine providence or theodicy, there are any number of books I could read, some of which I already have given my own personal struggles with the aftermath of trauma. I expect novels to be written with more grace and tact, and the author was not up to the task here. During the novel, there are numerous occasions where characters are given the chance to avenge themselves on those who are tormenting them, and respond with a great deal of restraint. Unfortunately, even those readers who have a strong belief in divine providence will find the conflation between divine providence and authorial providence to be off-putting and irritating. At least I did. All of the action of this novel made it at least possible that there will be a third novel set in a couple of years after this one where Oregon is on the verge of statehood where Mercy, the annoying but bright third child, finds a suitable husband for herself after dealing graciously with a land-hungry and overly persistent would-be young lover h
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Beloved Hope is a story of love, trust, forgiveness, healing, and FAITH. What a wonderfully unabashedly hearttouching book. It shows the grief of a loved one and the process she goes through to learn to love and while she does this she decides to go to court and relive through the deaths in court - she has to also trust in GOD for healing. A new man walks in to her life - will she open her heart - trust GOD with her heart? Will these men who killed every one she loved and knew get away with it? can she trust GOD with that? Can she face them again? Can she trust GOD for that? Can she trust GOD? I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and the Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my very own.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Beloved Hope is book two in the Heart of the Frontier series written by Tracie Peterson. This story takes place in Oregon City in 1850. Hope Flanagan was at the mission when it was raided by Cayuse Indians. She is now to be one of the witness to testify against the prisoners standing trial. Lieutenant Lance Kenner is planning to leave the military and return to Louisiana to take over his family's plantation and return to his legal work. One of his last military responsibilities to to make sure the prisoners are being treated fairly and to make sure nothing goes wrong at the trial. After the prisoners are taken back to the jail, Hope goes to the jail to kill Tomahas, the man that abused her. Lance finds her and takes her home to the farm she lives with her sister's and brother in law. This is just the beginning of the friendship between Lance and Hope. Lance takes a job working for Hope's uncle to raise the fund to go home to Louisiana. While Hope finds peace tending the sheep and trying to heal from the abuse from Tomahas. Hope has a friendship with Lance that allows her to share what happened to her at the mission, something only her older sister knows. I like this book, and this series so far. The story contains issues of rape and violence, which may bother some readers. The author has used these issues to bring across the message of healing, growing in faith and returning to God. The story also focuses on forgiveness when Alex and Lance realize they are connected by an incident in Louisiana. I especially like that the author continues the story of Grace and Alex. I really like this series and feel anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction will enjoy it. I received a copy of this book from Bethany Publishers. This is my honest review.
benhli38 More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson has written a beautiful book that features a rich and vibrant history not just for Oregon City but what happened at the Whitman Mission where men and women and children were slaughtered. Her descriptions are crisp and clear. Her writing style shows how well she understands her characters and her understanding of history. While it is a fictional account of several people she's adding to the narrative, she does so with an artist's touch.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
Expansion west in the mid-1800’s was fraught with many hardship and dangers. Native Americans resented the influx of white settlers as an intrusion to their very way of life. Many missionaries traveled west hoping to bring Christianity to the Natives. Some were met with open acceptance, and some were met with resentment and viewed it as a threat to be neutralized. After serving the Massacre at the Whitman Mission, Hope Flanagan has withdrawn from everyone but her immediate family. She prefers to spend time with the sheep and taking care of their wool. Hope has even withdrawn from God and struggles to understand how a loving God could have let something so awful happen to His children. Over time she begins to understand that it isn’t so much that God let bad things happen, but the freedom of choice that we all have, and sin itself has a negative effect on everything on this earth. Lance Kenner has one assignment to finish and then his tour with the Army will be over. He is to guard the Native American prisoners until after their court hearing. Lance has plans to return to his family Plantation in New Orleans. One afternoon after the court hearing Lance is surprised to find a women holding a gun on one of the prisoners. He finds himself drawn to Hope and convinces her that he needs a friend. I enjoyed the plot line and found the characters to be believable and realistic. The sweet romance in the story is slow, which is fitting for a character who had gone through a traumatic event. I did find the story a little slow at times. It could be due to the fact that I had not read the first book in this series. I would suggest that anyone picking up this book, be sure to read Treasured Grace (the first book). I’ve read other books by Tracie Peterson and feel that other fans of her writing will also enjoy reading Beloved Hope. (I received a complimentary digital copy of this book for review from Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
A man can't live without hope. Nor can a woman and in Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson, Hope Flanagan comes face to face with her past she longed to forget that happened two years ago. The Whitman Massacre had led to the deaths of more than just Dr. Whitman and his wife, but also the only man Hope wanted to marry and loved with all her heart. Watching him being killed in front of her while she watched the life seep out of him was hard for her, but not before being taken captive by the Cayuse Indians who staged this. She was raped and left with an unborn child of the man who had taken more than just her innocence. She wanted nothing more out of life including her own. But after giving birth and placing that child into the hands of a couple who wanted a baby, Hope could not seem to find her way back to any normal sense of life. Even two years later, she built up such a wall around her, that all she wanted was to be left alone and far away from friends or even finding another man to love. Now that she has been asked to testify in the trial of the five Cayuse Indians responsible for the murders of those at the Whitman Mission, she knows she can never let the possibility of the one man who took more than just her life away, walk away if they found him not guilty. In fact there was fear of that in light of those in the US government who wanted to grant peace between the white men and the Indians, even if it meant letting them go free. Hope was going to make sure the last thing this Indian did was to walk free. Perhaps that is why she managed to sneak past the armed guards and found her way into the jail cell that held the man who had taken everything from her. Now she was going to ensure he never lived another day, when she pulled the gun from her pocket. She just needed to find a way to pull the trigger and then it would all be over. Lieutenant Lance Kenner wasn't about to let Hope make a mistake and when he saw her holding the gun on one of his prisoners, he assured her that this man's life wasn't worth her time. He knew that her and most of the women in Oregon City were trying to come to terms with what had happened and Hope was so sure that no man would want her ever again. But Lance Kenner was not like the men she had met before. Being from New Orleans and having lost his own family, all he was looking for when he met Hope was simply a friend to help get him through this trial so he could be done with serving his time and get back to running the plantation his family had left him. But it seems that they both might just need the right friend in order to gain more than just their hope back, but also to learn to trust God and understand that forgiveness isn't about letting someone off the hook, it's about letting go of the hurt they have caused you that you continue to carry with you every single day. I received Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley. This is the second novel in the Heart of the Frontier Series which picks up two years later after the Whitman Massacre that Treasured Grace covered in the first novel. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to face your accusers and I understood the feelings of hatred and anger that Hope must have felt. You would hope there would be a release of those feelings once the guilty have been punished but as most of us know, it doesn't happen like we would want to believe it would. Unless we choose to let go of those past feelings and let God handle
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Peterson’s Heart of the Frontier series. Book one, Treasured Grace focused on the eldest of the Flanigan sisters, while Beloved Hope focuses on the middle sister. Set in the area of Oregon City in the mid-1800s, this second installment largely revolves around the trial of five Cayuse men being tried for the atrocities of the Whitman Mission Massacre. Many townspeople and survivors of the massacre feared the men, including the one who repeatedly abused Hope Flanigan, would not be put to death in an effort to appease the local tribes and thus ward off future attacks. Hope was counting on their death to ease her fears, fears that had taken over her life, but would it? Hope, convinced her ordeal had ruined her for any decent man, had put aside any idea of falling and love and marrying. Lieutenant Lance Kenner, tasked with guarding the Cayuse waiting to stand trial, was fighting his own demons, filled with resentment toward the man he held responsible for both of his older brothers’ deaths. Now, ready to return from Oregon City to his plantation in New Orleans, he was not interested in forming any romantic alliances. Yet, Hope and Lance feel drawn to one another. Is there any chance for them, or will bitterness darken any hopes of happiness for either of them? I am anxiously awaiting the third book in this series, to learn of the important life decisions made by the youngest Flanigan sister as she considers a path just opening up to women, a college education, I highly recommend Beloved Hope, and Treasured Grace for fans of historical and romance fiction. Both readers of secular and Christian fiction will find this series appealing. While there is enough information provided to make this book comprehensible as a stand-alone read, much of the emotion will be lost by not reading the series in order. I thank Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Beloved Hope in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for providing the review.