A Book Review-Steadfast Heart

3 Feb

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The plot: Steadfast Heart is the first book in the Brides of Seattle series by Tracie Peterson.  It is set in Seattle during the late 1800s.  The plot follows a young man named Kolbein Booth, who arrives in Seattle looking for his missing sister.  Through his search, he meets the ladies at Madison Bridal School-a school that teaches young ladies the skills needed to become good wives.  He befriends the school’s residents, and especially a headstrong young lady by the name of Abrianna who is determined to not only help him find his sister, but help any lost soul in need along the way-no matter the consequences.  Will he be able to locate his sister?  Will Abrianna’s willful ways bring danger to the school and herself as a string of suspicious murders occur nearby?  And what of Abrianna’s best friend Lenore-how is it that Kolbein feels an immediate connection to her?  Is love at first sight even possible?

My thoughts: I really liked this book.  Tracie Peterson is an excellent writer, and this book was well-written.  I loved the setting of Seattle-books written in this time period are usually not set in this area (so far west), so it was nice to have a different perspective of the times.  There are several plot arcs between the characters, so there is always plenty going on-keeping for an interesting read throughout.  The characters are also very quirky, interesting, and well-developed.  I would say my only complaint is that the synopsis on the back of the book really doesn’t describe the book very well.  Lenore really isn’t a main character in this book as much as Abrianna (Lenore isn’t even in Seattle for much of the middle of the book), and Abrianna isn’t even mentioned on the jacket.  I suppose it was decided to put the romance plot line on the back, but I would definitely say the book is more about the adventures in finding Kolbein’s sister and what is happening at the school than anything else, with a little romance thrown in at the very beginning, and more at the end.  I suppose this is just me being picky though.  🙂  Regardless, this book is still a very good read, and I would recommend it-especially if you like books set in this time period.  I am looking forward to book two!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review.  Thank you Bethany House!

 

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