Grace Martindale understands hardship. After both parents die, Grace takes on the task of raising her two younger sisters. With limited options for women in 1847, Grace enters into a marriage of convenience to a self-righteous minister who also dies of cholera with many others on the wagon train to the Oregon Territory. Grace's determination to seek a better life for her and her sisters is undaunted, however, and she decides to continue her trek west with the remaining families in the wagon train. Hoping that she can make a living using her gifts as a natural healer at the Whitman mission, she finds her efforts are stifled by Dr. Whitman who views her techniques as primitive and inferior. Tensions and fear run high at the mission as the settlers fear attacks from the Native Americans in the area are imminent. Shunned by Dr. Whitman, Grace is able to make friends with some of the natives offering her treatments and kindness to them by way of French-American fur trapper, Alex Armistead. Alex and Grace's relationship begins to transform into something deeper as he escorts her to visit the sick. However, Alex is shackled by events in his past stalling the romance. After tragedy strikes the mission and her sisters experience a grueling attack from one of the local tribes, Grace and her sisters try to pick up the pieces by resettling in Oregon City with their uncle. Faced with very few options, Grace once again despairs that she may have to enter into a loveless marriage to simply survive. But then....Alex returns!
Treasured Grace chronicles the hardships- and atrocities- suffered by many of the early settlers along the western frontier. I found the inner strength, resiliency, and determination of Grace's character admirable. Grace's sister, Hope's, story of devastation and the repercussions she suffered after the attack on the mission were a beautiful reflection of how God can take a seemingly wicked event and mold it into something beautiful for His glory. And, of course, I have to mention the romance between Alex and Grace- yet another sweet ending of healing and love!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. 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. Visit her website at http://traciepetersonbooks.com/.