Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Review: Love Everlasting by Tracie Peterson

I am a big fan of Tracie Peterson, this book’s author. She has written over 100 novels [and I have probably read most of them!] It is obvious she loves history and is a crazy good researcher because her stories are packed with gems of information sometimes missed in the ‘big story’ of a historical event. Her characters are very genuine and often witty, which I totally appreciate in a historical fiction story. That said, this third book in the Brides of Seattle Series was my least favorite. I think possibly, because it is a series where you DEFINITELY need to read the prior two books in order to get a full picture of the characters/events/setting.
I felt like the main character, Abrianna Cunningham presented dialogue that was much more clever and fun in the previous books than this one. In my opinion, the looming [dark] presence of Priam Welby over-dominated this book and really distracted from the playful banter between Wade & Arianna. There was a good amount of repetition in the how the characters were represented and where some of the dialogue between ‘the Aunts’ in the first book was humorous, it became kind of annoying by this book three.

 Now, that said, this is NOT a bad read. It is an appropriate story for all ages and touches on events in the past which have relevance to events of today, too. Like many of Tracie’s book, it is a battle between good & evil and reflects much of what we are battling against in today’s society. Materialism, power, greed are enduring struggles, battles fought in 1889 and still today. I would recommend this book to others with the caveat that you must read book one/two in the Brides of Seattle Series first.

NOTE: I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.