When You Are Near

When You Are Near

by Tracie Peterson


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After her father's death, Lizzy Brookstone, the star trick rider of the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, loses interest in performing. What she longs for is a life with the Brookstone ranch foreman, Wesley DeShazer, the man who once broke her heart. Meanwhile, Jason Adler, son of the show's new financial partner, comes to help with the show, and Lizzy soon finds him vying for her affection.

Ella Fleming is fleeing a forced engagement when she stows away on the Brookstone train. Lizzy finds her and gives her a job in the costume department, but Ella has a dangerous secret that could affect all of their lives, as well as the future of the Brookstone Extravaganza.

When Mary Reichert, a former sharpshooter for the show, learns that her brother, August, has been killed at the Fleming farm, she refuses to believe it was an accident. She returns to the show to find the truth, but is she seeking justice or vengeance?

As the three women work together to discover how August died, Lizzy strives to hold the show together. Can she keep the Brookstone Extravaganza alive without losing the desire of her heart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219023
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Brookstone Brides Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 122,974
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (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 www.traciepeterson.com.

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When You Are Near 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
As usual, a good mix of adventure, history, intrigue, and the love and faithfulness of God.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
I’m not sure of how many Tracie Peterson books I’ve read over the years, but I’ve read a bunch of them. I’m never disappointed in her books. I know whenever I begin reading one that it’s going to be an interesting story. I found that to be true with this first book in her new series. The background of this story caught my attention. The “Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza”, an all-female Wild West snow, was a fun and different approach to a historical novel set in the year 1900. This story finds the Brookstone show at a crossroads. One of their founders, Mark Brookstone, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack, and now the family must decide what changes need to be made to keep the popular show financially stable and on the road. Lizzy is the star of the show with her daring tricks on horseback, but her heart is broken over the unexpected death of her father. She no longer wants to be part of the show. She’s made another resolution as well: She does not want to fall in love and get married so as to avoid the heartache she sees her mother experiencing. But two men have an ambition to change Lizzie’s mind. Jason Adler has joined the management team of the show in order to help make it more profitable. Lizzie’s beauty and bravery capture his attention from the first moment he meets her. Wesley DeShazer is the long-time manager of the Brookstone Ranch. He’s know Lizzy since her teenage years, and is just coming to realize how much she means to him. Both men vie for Lizzy’s affection in this story, and that keeps the storyline moving at a good pace. There’s also a suspenseful storyline that revolves around Ella, who is trying to escape her cruel father and avoid being forced into a dangerous marriage. Lizzy helps Ella find safety and peace on the Brookstone ranch, but that peace is soon shattered. It takes all of Lizzy’s loyalty, friendship, and courage to protect Ella. All of this makes for a story that held my attention all the way through the book. I’m looking forward to reading more about the Brookstone family and the ladies of the “Wild West Extravaganza”. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. .
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Brookstone Brides series, what a great place to start. I enjoyed getting to know the Brookstone family, no matter if they were born into the family or joined it in unique ways. I enjoyed many of the characters in this novel and look forward to learning more about them as the series continues. Lizzy Brookstone has much to overcome, love and trust do not always come easy. She has a heart of gold and a stubborn streak. Will Lizzy be able to open up her heart again and risk the pain of loss? Ella is seeking refuge. When Lizzy, Mary and the entire Brookstone family surround her with love and protection will it be enough?
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Brookstone Brides series, what a great place to start. I enjoyed getting to know the Brookstone family, no matter if they were born into the family or joined it in unique ways. I enjoyed many of the characters in this novel and look forward to learning more about them as the series continues. Lizzy Brookstone has much to overcome, love and trust do not always come easy. She has a heart of gold and a stubborn streak. Will Lizzy be able to open up her heart again and risk the pain of loss? Ella is seeking refuge. When Lizzy, Mary and the entire Brookstone family surround her with love and protection will it be enough?
Ourpugs More than 1 year ago
When you are near I so enjoyed this book. Lizzy is a trick rider in the Brookstone Wild West Exravaganza. She longs to be back to the family’s ranch but does she really want to see the man that broke her heart. Wesley is a foreman at the ranch. The book is very inspirational with a lot of adventure. Lizzy mother is a recent widow. I loved her character. The relationship between Lizzy and mother is so awesome. Then there is Ella who is learning trick riding and trying to get away from things at home. This a start of new series. I cannot wait until the next book comes out. I love reading about this period in time. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
I can trust Tracie Peterson to give me a book in which I can get lost. In this series opener, it's as part of a traveling Wild West show. As always, it was well-written, with an interesting plot, many sub-plots, and believable characters. It was clean, but the characters faced evil people and circumstances. There were many loose ends that weren't tied up at the end, so I am really looking forward to the next book in this series. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
This new series by the talented author is a blend of adventure, intrigue and wonderful characters. I loved reading about trick riding. The description is well written and was easy to picture Lizzy as she did death defying tricks that made the audience gasp. I remember watching a few shows when I was younger where there were trick riders in the show. They were a crowd pleasure and was exciting to watch. The author is very knowledgeable in horses and I loved reading about the different types. Lizzy is a wonderful character and amazing trick rider. She has total trust in her horse and the crowds flock to see her. It was funny to read how many proposals she received from total strangers at the shows. She has been riding for a long time and thinks maybe it is time to retire from the Wild West Extravaganza. The death of her father has changed her outlook on life and she doesn't seem to be into the show as much anymore. Her mother didn't seem to surprised by Lizzy's decision and I think maybe she was a little happy to know her daughter wouldn't be doing the show anymore. Lizzie's father was the heartbeat of the family and his death has taken a toil on members of the family. It was interesting to meet Wes and how vital he is to the story. I loved reading about the relationship between him and Lizzy. They have a past together that only God will be able to heal. Ella is introduced into the story and is anxious to run away from her life. I wanted to help her after I read about her father. He raises champion horses that are perfect for trick riding. There is something about him that I didn't like. He is determined to marry his daughter off to a man who Ella has no feelings for. The author gives us a bit of mystery that heightens the story and made me want to not put the book down. The story is a wonderful look at ranch life and the time period that brings the Old West to life. I enjoyed getting to know the Brookstone family and how they made a living. There is a faith element in the story that shows us how important family, trust and forgiveness is. I look forward to the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I am so looking forward to finding out what happens to everyone of the people who are part of the Wild West show. I really loved Lizzie and how she helps people and can do such wonderful tricks on a horse. This is a wonderful western historical fiction romance. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
It is 1900 and the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza is a very successful wild west show that is made up entirely of young women performers. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brookstone is the star performer but she is about ready to hang it up at the end of the current tour and return with her mother to the family ranch. Lizzie is 28, she is still grieving the death of her father and she has decided that she will never allow herself to love someone so completely that she would be destroyed if they should die and leave her alone. As Lizzie struggles with these doubts and with the feelings that she has long felt for the ranch foreman, she also finds herself offering protection to Ella Fleming, a young woman who has fled from the unscrupulous man that her father has chosen for her to marry. This famous wild west show is the focus of When You Are Near and if features horses, trick riders and even a female sharp-shooter. There is also a mystery concerning the death of a wrangler on the Fleming farm and the possibility that Ella's fiancee has committed several murders. This is a warm, family oriented story and I truly enjoyed the special relationship between Lizzie and her mother and the strong faith element that Rebecca Brookstone possesses. She often mentions that physical death is not truly the end and she also encourages Lizzie to not be afraid to love. In one conversation, she admonishes Lizzie "Don't avoid loving Wes because you fear what might happen should you lose him. Don't harden your heart against loving Wes." I found myself hoping that Lizzie could overcome her fear of love and loss and find true happiness with the young man that she has always wanted. When You Are Near is the first book in The Brookstone Brides series and I look forward to learning more about these special young women who are part of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza. I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebration Lit Tours and I have chosen to leave this review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
When You Are Near starts off a rather interesting new series by author Tracie Peterson. Taking place during 1900, before our modern day entertainment, people would go and see Wild West shows and this story deals with one that is made up of all female performers. We are introduced to Lizzy Brookstone the main star of the show and also the daughter of the late owner. Dealing with her father’s death, Lizzy is thinking about retiring and going back home to their Montana ranch with her mother. However the show is not doing as well as she thought and her Uncle has brought an investor, Jason with new ideas. Jason also has some ideas about courting Lizzy. After the death of her father and her broken heart by her long time love of Wes, her ranch foreman, Lizzy has decided to close her life off of any ideas of marriage or romantic love. Will anybody be able to change her mind and will Lizzy soften her heart again? We get to meet the other two ladies that will also be featuring prominently in the rest of the series. The story took some interesting turns as the train that the show traveled on also picked up these two ladies who have secrets and goals all their own. This story certainly takes these ladies on quite a wild ride with their lives, not to even mention the show. All three have important decisions to make and I liked watching the growth of these characters. I look forward to more in this series as each of them take life by the reins and work on getting their happily ever after. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Erin_Slocum More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed this book. I'm definitely a fan of Tracie Peterson so I knew that I would going into it and have to say she did not disappoint. When You Are Near is a great title. There is some romance, some action, a tiny bit of murder, and some good writing. Lizzy is the star trick rider in her father and uncle's travelling show. Unfortunately, her father died earlier this season of a heart attack. He made her mother and her promise to finish out this year but neither of them have the heart to come back again. Lizzy realizes that she's not getting younger and her body is no longer willing to put up with all the abuse at the ripe old age of twenty -eight. As they travel along the last few stops towards home an Englishman joins them. It seems unbeknownst to the ladies his father holds stock in their show and now wants to help them turn a profit which they haven't really been doing. But that's not all the son seems to want. He's smitten with Lizzy and makes no pretense to hide it. In fact, he comes out and tells her he hopes to marry her. Lizzy has decided she's never going to marry. And even if she would it wouldn't be to Englishman Jason. She gave her heart away to Wes their ranch foreman oh so long ago. When he took a wife that wasn't her she was devastated. But his silence since her death is almost worse. She can't risk the loss of losing someone else she loves though so she says she'll never marry. I have to say shy quiet Ella has to be one of my favorite characters and I can't wait to learn more of her story in one of the books to come. She's being forced to marry a man much older who is definitely not to her liking. He's ruthless and cruel and immoral and that's just the beginnings of the list. Ella decides she must run away to avoid this marriage that her father is forcing her into. Lizzy to the rescue! Lizzy devises a scheme to help get Ella out of her house and into their travelling train. While hiding Ella out they learn that Ella can sew and mend as well as wishes to learn to trick ride. Ella decides to join the troop. She'll be twenty-one soon and then can stop hiding out from her mother and undesirable suitor. This book is amazing! I loved it. A quick read without any major plot twists. Great solid Christian theme with just enough romance. I half expected Ella and Lizzy to both fall for the brothers but now I'm not so sure as I don't approve of Philips drinking and attitude so we'll have to see how he progresses in the next two books. Oh and Mary makes a cameo with her sharpshooting skills. Her brother was killed by Ella's father and fiance and she desperately wants to know why and have her revenge.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Within the first chapter I knew this was a Christian book so I was thrilled. It is witnessed in their daily lives and not heavily preached. This is a very different tale than any I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I bet you would, also. The author has an easy style of writing. She doesn’t rush her story but lets it blossom as it unfolds. The characters are engaging. They are described in such a way that I wanted to be their friend. The storyline has been well planned and researched. Attention is given to details and I was able to glean some things from this story. This is the tale of Lizzy Brookstone, a female trick rider in a Wild West show. Author Peterson vividly describes the action so it is easy to picture the riders and stunts. There is even a female sharp shooter. It is amazing the things these ladies can do. Lizzie and her mother are grieving the death of Lizzie’s father. My heart broke for them in some places. I could feel their pain and loss. Their emotions jumped from the pages straight into me. As the story progresses we meet more characters with their own baggage. Both men and women alike add to the story and will certainly return in Book Two. It is a well rounded cast of lovable and not so lovable people. This book contains something for everyone. Danger, mystery, intrigue, romance, inspiration, and plenty of action. It takes on love, death, faith, hope, friendship, family, justice and God’s protection. I encountered a few twists and turns as well as some life lessons within the pages, too. The characters range from an English gentleman to rowdy wrangling cowboys. This is another page turning, don’t put me down book from talented booksmith Peterson. She provided entertainment, education, and inspiration. The only thing I missed was a discussion question section. I highly recommend this beautifully written novel. Anyone would adore it. It earns a 5 out of 5 stars from me. A copy was provided by by Celebrate Lit but I was under no obligation to write a review. These are my own, honest words.
directorgirl11386 More than 1 year ago
Tracie Paterson takes you back to the Wild West in the 1900s and shows us what friendship and love looks like. After Lizzy's, 28-year-old, father passed away, she and her mother promised him they would keep running the Brookstone WIld West Extravaganza for the rest of the year. She finds out her father's brother, Oliver Brookstone mismanaged the finances and sold the show to Henry Adler. Henry hires his son, Jason, to help with the show. Jason finds himself attracted to Lizzy, but Lizzy is in love with Wesley Dashazer who is twice her age. Recently, Wesley's wife passed away making Lizzy think she can win his heart. Ella Fleming turns to Lizzy for help. She ran away from her father because he wants her to marry Jefferson Spiby. He has a reputation of being a womanizer and abusive. Mary Reichert arrives back at the Brookstone Wild West show in hopes of finding the answers on who killed her brother, August. Lizzy, Ella and Mary become close friends. Wil Lizzy's get her crush and be able to love again? Will Ella end up not having to marry Jefferson? Will Mary find the answers on the death of her father? Peterson created a wonderful faith-filled story of life. She didn't make it preachy. Every page is a page-turner and rich historical detail. All of the rich details Peterson wrote allowed me to easily escape into Lizzy's life. You can see she did her research on the wild west, trick riding, traveling shows, the 1900s and what women had to go through at that time. This book contains many plot twists.Some of them surprised me. "When You Are Near" contains many topics one of them being the fear of losing someone or something you love and loyalty to friendships. This book contains a mixture of people and very smart women. These characters are relatable. I would highly recommend reading this book. I enjoyed all the characters, even the ones I disliked (bad guy). I can see this book being made into a Hallmark book mini-series. This book would be a great book for a faith-based book club.
LifeofLiterature More than 1 year ago
This book definitely took a few chapters to pull me in, but once I started getting invested in the characters, I found myself wanting to read more and more. I definitely grew to appreciate the complexity of the characters. The plot has twists and turns that are not altogether predictable. The history about trick riding and wild west shows was interesting and made me really want to go to a show! Readers will find themselves connecting with the main characters over loss and hardship and rejoicing when there are moments of joy. I think this authors creates such delicious villains that you learn to love to hate! The story is interesting and definitely worth a read. Overall, I did really like this book and do recommend it to readers of historical fiction.
5643437 More than 1 year ago
I have loved reading books by Tracie Peterson for a number of years. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read When You Are Near. The idea of reading about a trick riding show intrigued me, and this book did not disappoint me. The book kept me on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. With the love of family, danger, mystery and more, this book has a lot to offer the reader. I loved how well-thought out and naturally the book flowed from start to finish. My only complaint is I wish I could read the next book in the series now. Lizzie Brookstone has a strength of character and love of family that transcends the pages of the book to pull the reader into the story. Her relationship with the new manager of the show and Ella Fleming create amazing dynamics for the story. So if you want to read a book filled with adventure and more, check this book out for yourself.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
Poetry, Ponies, and Peril! My rating is 4.5 stars I enjoyed the way wisdom from Lizzie’s father was remembered and shared by her and others in the troupe fairly regularly, showing how much of an impact he had on their lives. He would have been the kind of man that I would enjoy knowing. The spiritual inheritance he left behind was a legacy that was given to his family, friends, and all who had come to know him. Lizzie loved poetry. Her horses were named after her favorite poets, Longfellow and Thoreau. While this might not have been unusual for a woman at the turn of the twentieth century, the fact that she was a trick rider certainly was. I really enjoyed the way that she was not afraid to assume a role like that, and yet didn’t come across as one trying to be like a man or challenge men to accept her as an equal. It was simply something she had learned as a child and loved to do. Lizzie had a strong knowledge of God and yet, like many of us, struggled to make that relationship a reality in her life. In her grief and attempt at not being hurt by the loss of others she loved, she attempted to keep others at arm’s length, including God. She had to travel through her grief to learn that God was always with her and would never leave her alone. My favorite parts of the book were the rich spiritual truths shared and the obvious heart of the author for sharing her love of the Lord with others. While the story had some mystery and elements of suspense related to Ella’s story, these were secondary to the faith journey Lizzie traveled. I found the emphasis on Lizzie’s determination to never marry and her reasons were reiterated a few times more than necessary and she seemed to think and behave in a manner that wasn’t consistent with her age of twenty-seven. While there was a clear “happy ending”, some unresolved issues remained and Ella and Mary were prominent enough in this story that it is clear that the rest of their stories will be told in future books of this series. I’m looking forward to seeing how those play out. Read with a Preview and Guest Post at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
With her new Brookstone Brides series, Tracie Peterson creates a homey, faith-filled, adventurous ambiance in which romance and excitement coalesce. As a horse lover, I was immediately drawn into the story and thoroughly enjoyed reading about trick riding and the care of the horses, including some details about purchasing them from breeders. The Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza embodies the spirit of the Wild West era while uniquely being comprised of all female performers. The respect and equality that the women receive demonstrates how progressive this setting is, a rarity that adds depth and dimension to this tale. While the plight of a young woman fleeing a desperate situation indicates circumstances more typical of 1900, the actions of the main characters prove the prevailing love of Christ. Universal themes clearly link “When You Are Near” to contemporary life. The 28-year-old protagonist, Lizzy, is the star of the show, yet the recent loss of her father and that of others she loved in years past has hardened her heart and caused her to build walls to keep her pain at bay: “The need for people to care about her argued with the part of her determined never again to feel the pain that came with loss.” It is a common struggle because as humans we crave that intimate connection and yet also fear losing it, and unless we surrender our hearts to the Lord we will always have an emptiness within us, as Peterson illustrates. Furthermore, the loyalty that such relationships, be they romances or friendships, foster prove to be indispensable during the inevitable trials of life. In this story, the characters must each reconcile with their past in order to become who they are meant to be and to carry out the work to which they are called. The obstacles that they encounter along the way ultimately serve to strengthen them and to make them realize that the Lord truly does work all things for the good for those who love Him. This is a promising start to a new series, and I only hope that after a somewhat abrupt ending, more details will be revealed in book two. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When You are Near By Tracie Peterson I enjoyed this story and the inside view of traveling around the country in a western show. It was an easy read with spiritual wisdom sprinkled throughout. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I share here. https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
When You Are Near is the first book in the new Brookstone Brides series. I thought it was well-written story with strong female characters. The pacing is just right for this story (not too fast nor too slow). Lizzy Brookstone is a clever and determined woman who can do tricks on horses (wow). Her father’s death has hit her hard and her heart is no longer in the show. Plus, she is now twenty-eight and the tricks are beginning to take their toll on her body. Unfortunately, Lizzy is the shows main attraction. The show would not last without her unless she can find someone else to fill her saddle. After seeing how her father’s death affected her mother, Lizzy is afraid to let her love someone that completely. The author included historical details that enhance the story. The Christian elements are woven into the story beautifully and I appreciated the Bible verses included. One of my favorite phrases was “God guides us through our sorrows”. I completely understood what Lizzy was going through since I lost my father three years ago. What Lizzy needs to realize is that God is always there for us. I enjoyed the adventure and action in this story. There are characters for readers to love and root for as well as those we will love to dislike. Tracie Peterson crafted wonderful characters for this series. I like that there is a mixture of people from an English gentleman to a horse wrangler. It was interesting to learn what went into to running a wild west show. When You Are Near has love, loss, faith, friendship, family, justice and God. I am eager to read the next Brookstone Brides novel.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read many books by Tracie and I don’t know why. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to this series. This book as a little bit of everything, mystery and romance. Lizzy is a strong character with a unique gift for riding yet she is feminine and kind. She truly cares for others. I also enjoyed the setting as it is different than when I typically read. The other characters that are introduced are interesting as well and promise to good reads in the future. A copy of this book was given to me through Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson can take a wild west show and twist your heart around it. Her style of writing holds your attention from beginning to end. Her characters are captivating and her way of describing scenes places the reader right there. In this new series we meet the Brookstone family and learn about women trick riders in “The Wild West”. Peterson shows us that this wasn’t for the faint of heart in her vivid descriptions and gives us some facts to help us understand what’s happening. Friendships are kindled between three women whom you wouldn’t have guessed would become friends. Mystery. Intrigue. Murder. Arranged Marriages. Guns and horses. This book has it all, including the belief that God is always with us. I’m looking forward to book two. If you enjoy historical fiction then I recommend When You Are Near. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
When You Are Near, book #1 of the Brookstone Brides, begins what just might be one of my favorite series. Tracie Peterson is a talented, prolific, and very consistent author, in that the high level of historical detail, sheer entertainment, and spiritual elements in her writing has never wavered over the years. Filled with adventure, mystery and suspense, When You Are Near pulls readers into the life of a Wild West traveling show, and I enjoyed every minute spent with these characters. This story introduces us to the Brookstone family and the world of trick riding – women trick riders, that is. I may have seen some trick riding at a circus as a child, but know next to nothing about this fascinating act. I loved how Peterson made this skill come alive through vivid descriptions, and let me tell you that it requires great skill, strength, concentration, and courage. It’s mentioned at one point that some spectators even fainted during the performances. A strong series foundation is laid in this first book, introducing a wide variety of characters – the Brookstone family, employees, horse wranglers, business investors, and horse breeders. Lizzy Brookstone, star trick rider, is a great heroine – independent, confident, not afraid to speak the truth. Two other women have strong supporting roles and will eventually have their own stories, I believe – Mary, a sharpshooter, and Ella, a Roman rider. These two, along with Lizzy, are convinced that the death of Mary’s brother was no accident. Ella is fleeing from an arranged marriage forced upon her by a father I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. A key theme is how family and business associates are dealing with the death of Lizzy’s father in their own ways, not all healthy ones. The faith of Lizzy’s mother as she navigates her loss is inspirational and speaks to all of us. Shining throughout this story is the reminder that God is present with us always, especially through our difficult times. The story comes to a satisfying conclusion, but there’s a lot more to come and I’m eager to continue with the Brookstone family. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
When You Are Near is the first in Tracie Peterson's Brookstone Brides series and I can't wait for the rest of the series. I have not read much of Peterson's work in the past but her name would always catch my eye and I'd think, I have to get that book and read it. After reading this one I realize I have a lot of catching up to do! When You Are Near is a book that touches on real-life difficulties. The characters struggle with feelings of fear and guilt that readers can easily relate to. I like how the author helps each of them work through those struggles with the help of family, friends and their faith. The author gives lots of background regarding the travels, trials, and triumphs of a Wild-West show which was interesting and kept my pages turning. So looking forward to the next book...who will be Brookstone Bride #2? I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulously well-written Christian historical novel with marvelous men and women of faith, suspense, and romance. It is the first novel I have read about wild west trick riders and their unique horses and found it fascinating and hard-to-put-down. The author shares a wonderful story in which we see how Christians react in situations that are beyond their ability to go through in their own strength. In 1900, the Brookstone family travels the country in their rail cars to present the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, the only all-female show of its kind. Mark and Oliver Brookstone, brothers, Rebecca, Mark’s wife, and Lizzy, their daughter are the heart of the show. Mark passed away of a heart attack on the tour; he made them promise to finish the year’s schedule. This will be Rebecca’s final tour. Lizzy, an accomplished trick rider, is the long-time main attraction. Other ladies in the show include a sharpshooter and Roman riders. Lizzy loves this life on the rails, has performed for three presidents, and seen countless historical sites. She will stop traveling after this tour, also, partly because she’s lost heart for it after losing her dad. Oliver and Mark sold a part of their show to Henry Adler, who had given them financial means to start the show after saving his life. His son Jason joins them on the tour to help Oliver manage the finances and learn the business. He is attracted to Lizzy, but her heart belongs to another. Wes, the foreman at the Brookstone ranch, started working there when she was young. She followed him everywhere; he saw her almost like a little sister. Her feelings ran far deeper for him. When he married a girl about her age, her heart was broken. His wife passed away a couple years ago and he has avoided her since. Between that and watching her mother grieve for her father, Lizzy hardens her heart to ever marrying. The tour stops in Kentucky to pick up twin mares her father purchased from the Fleming horse farm. Lizzy and his daughter, Ella, are close friends. Ella talks with her about running away to avoid marrying the man her father has arranged for her. Jefferson has several mistresses, is twice her age, and is ruthless and cruel. She planned to meet up with them before their train left, escorted by August, the Brookstone’s wrangler. August had an accident at Fleming’s, however, and was trampled to death by a horse. Ella arrives alone and hopes her father and fiancé can’t track her down. Oliver, Jason, Lizzy and Ella pay their respects to August’s family. His sister, Mary, was the best sharpshooter they ever had and she is going to re-join the show. Mary knows how well August knew horses and is convinced his death is no accident. Being back on the show will help her ask questions and find the truth. Each character is defined with care. With few exceptions, these are folks I would want to have as friends. It is one of the best Christian novels I have read this year, based on how the characters are transparent to each other in terms of their faith or struggles. The plot twists, mystery, fear of Ella’s father and fiancé finding them, and how each of the primary characters interact with each other is amazing; I can’t say enough good about it! I highly recommend this novel to women of all ages who appreciate Christian historical fiction, westerns, and are fans of this author. From a grateful heart: I received an e-ARC of this from the publisher and CelebrateLit; a positive review was not required.
EElizabeth More than 1 year ago
Do you wish you could go back in time and see Buffalo Bill's Wild West show that featured people such as Annie Oakley, and Wild Bill Hickock? I know my answer is "Yes!" Well, even though I can't go back in time to see the show, Tracie Peterson enabled me to read about a similar show in When You Are Near. Not only did I get to experience an old Wild West show, I even got to read about a mystery and a romance taking place all at the same time!  I enjoyed this book because I have always loved horses. I enjoyed reading about the different types of horses that are used for trick riding. I even had to pause the book to go look up more information on the subject because I was fascinated! I also enjoyed how the characters grew. They were all dealing with hard circumstances and losses but they learned to rely on God for strength. Lastly, I enjoyed the thought that this book is only the beginning of the series. There will be more coming which I am super excited about because I didn't want to leave the Brookstone Extravaganza when the book was finished.  I would recommend this book for those who enjoy historical fiction, horses. Wild West shows and mystery.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.