Thursday, September 17, 2009

CFBA - Dawn's Prelude

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dawn's Prelude

(Bethany House - October 2009)


Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 70 novels. She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.

Ephesians 1:18 has become a cornerstone verse for a new non-fiction book she's been working on -- its also become a cornerstone in her life. The verse reads, "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints."

Tracie and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.

Newly widowed Lydia Sellers discovers that through an unforeseen fluke, she is the sole recipient of her husband's fortune. But instead of granting her security, it only causes strife as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves.

Lydia, longing to put the memories of her painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt. Lydia's arrival in Sitka, however, brings two things she didn't expect.

One is the acquaintance of Kjell Bjorklund, the handsome owner of the sawmill. Second is the discovery that she is pregnant with her dead husband's child. What will this mean for her budding relationship with Kjell? And what lengths will her stepchildren go to reclaim their father's fortune? Lydia soon finds her life--and that of her child's--on the line.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dawn's Prelude, go HERE

When I open a Tracie Peterson book, I know to expect a great story, and she has certainly exceeded my expectations with Dawn's Prelude. Tracie skillfully portrays Lydia's despair and helplessness as a woman who has been treated throughout her life only as a piece of property to be bartered, abused, and taken advantage of. The result is a battered heart that looks at her circumstances and figures God turned His back on her long ago. The story is full of suspenseful twists and turns, yet through it all is a beautiful thread of God's tender wooing and redemption. And when things seem to be at their worst is when God's light shines the brightest! The only "negative" to this book was raised by my girl when she saw it. . . "she should play a viola, not a violin. They never choose a viola!" Um, I'll pass that right along!


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quilly said...

Linda -- I just spent some time contemplating reading this book the other day! This is the second time you've posted a review of a book I am considering for my reading list.

Kim said...

Hilarious Linda! This reminds me of my son's comments when he saw the cover of Ginger Garrett's latest book...he could only ogle the model! That's teen boys for you!

Kids' observations make life worthwhile!