Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Love to Last Forever by Tracie Peterson

ISBN: 0764201492
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2009
Let me first state that Tracie Peterson is one of my all time favorite authors. She can write an historical novel in any setting. From Alaska to the East Coast, she can capture the essence of that time and location. The same goes for this historical western A Love to Last Forever.

First off I'd like to thank Jim at Bethany House Publishing for sending me this wonderful book. Let's take a look into the 2nd book of The Brides of Gallatin County. In the first book A Promise to Last Forever we meet all 3 sisters: Gwen, Beth, and Lacy, but the story is Gwen's. A Love to Last Forever is Beth's story.

Beth is definitely someone I can relate to. She has moved around all her life. Every time she gets situated her father would uproot the family and move on to someplace new. Now that she's in Gallatin she wants to stay put.

What is Beth to do if she finds her Prince Charming and he doesn't want to live in one place? One of the men who takes an interest in her is Adrian, who works for the railroad. Does he compare to the dashing men she reads about in her dime-store romances? And what about his desire to travel? Would Beth ever be able to leave Gallatin?

Then there's Nick. A man who has been interested in Beth since they first met in Gallatin. She has always kept him at arms length because he would visit the saloon and drink. He has been attending church lately and she knows he has been staying away from Rafe's saloon. Nick is trying to figure out how to be the man he thinks she wants, but he isn't perfect. He's got a past and it finds him as Beth is beginning to see him in a new light. Nick is also given the chance to make things right from his past.

Because of the stories she's read, she has certain ideas of how she will react to a man. Beth expects her heart to go pitter patter the moment she locks eyes with her true love. She also has dreamy thoughts of her own personal Lord Wodehouse and how he will swoop in and save her from any dangers and everything else a fictional character would do. Will she find her true love or will she miss him because of how she's built up her ideas of the perfect man?

To top it all off, Lacy and Beth get into a heap of trouble. It's a nice comic relief with all the other stresses in the story. Those two get into trouble faster than lightening. Reading about them trying to weasel their way out of their schemes is just as amusing. Lacy also continues searching for her father's killer throughout A Love to Last Forever which is a never ending frustration for the Dave, the law in Gallatin.

I really enjoy that Tracie completely involves all 3 sisters in each novel even though each book in the series follows one more closely than the other. I can't wait to read her 3rd book that focuses on Lacy. Will she ever allow herself to be loved and will it be Dave? Oh, please let it be Dave!! :) Enjoy the 3rd book A Dream to Call My Own. If you'd like to check them out, you can enter the name of the books or author into the Search box on the right side of the screen in the box. That link will take you to the site where you can read more about Tracie's books.


Linda said...

Tracie Peterson is also one of my favorite writers. She has a way with words that keeps you captivated. I'm sure this one is no different!
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