Chasing the Sun by Tracie Peterson


As always, Tracie Peterson has a marvelous way of capturing the reader's attention from the first page. This novel is an interesting looks at Civil War era Texas and Vicksburg, MS. As a Louisiana/Mississippi native, I enjoyed this yarn.

Hanna is extremely resourceful if a little dense from the beginning, or maybe trusting is a better word. Peterson develops her characters in a believable environment. However, I lose patience quickly with see-through plots, and this is one of those. Almost from the first chapter you can see how the story will evolve, and still you hope there will be a twist that will upturn your basket of expectations. That doesn't happen, but the story is still a good one; and the dialogue, while not exactly sparkling, it has some excellent moments.

Peterson also does an exemplary job of highlighting how prejudice sometimes rules our worlds, but can be overcome simply by trying to understand each others' worlds through others' eyes: Why would an Indian think his way is better to sleep on the ground under the stars?

All in all, this is a good read. I give it 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Chasing The Sun
Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2012)
Tracie Peterson


When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch her father recently acquired on the Texas plains. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction.

Wounded soldier William Barnett returns to his home only to discover that his family's ranch has been seized. Though angry and bitter at this turn of events, he's surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.

Hannah, desperate for help, and William, desperate to regain his family's land, form an uneasy truce. But nearby Comanche tribes, the arrival of Confederate soldiers, and a persistent suitor all threaten the growing attraction that builds between them. Will they be able to set aside their own dreams and embrace the promise of a future together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Chasing The Sun, go HERE.


Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels.
She received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.

In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with author Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.

She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.

Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max. She's active in her church as the Director of Women's Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer's retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits, to research her books.

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