A Moment in Time (Lone Star Brides Series #2)

A Moment in Time (Lone Star Brides Series #2)

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by Tracie Peterson
     
 

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Alice Chesterfield is a woman pursued. Having survived an attack that left her scarred and her father dead, she is never free from the fear and memories of the man who is responsible.

Texas seems to be an answer to Alice's prayers, and when she has the opportunity to relocate to a ranch near Dallas, Robert Barnett captures her attention. Unlike any man Alice has

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Alice Chesterfield is a woman pursued. Having survived an attack that left her scarred and her father dead, she is never free from the fear and memories of the man who is responsible.

Texas seems to be an answer to Alice's prayers, and when she has the opportunity to relocate to a ranch near Dallas, Robert Barnett captures her attention. Unlike any man Alice has ever known, Robert doesn't worry about the obstacles that stand in their way--and he hardly seems to notice the scar she bears.

But there are storm clouds gathering; devastating information about her family comes to light, threatening Alice's peaceful sanctuary. Disillusioned, Alice must learn to place her trust in God as she seeks a measure of peace for her future...and for her heart.

"Peterson tells a beautiful story of family, faith, love and forgiveness." -RT Book Reviews

"Peterson's second book in the historical series offers a well-crafted narrative and engaging characters." -Library Journal

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Library Journal
06/15/2014
Alice Chesterfield never imagined that the murder of her father and the attack on her could ever lead to a better life than the one she had in Colorado. But when Alice's attacker returns, she seeks safety and refuge on a Texas ranch. There Alice meets and falls in love with Robert Barnett, who is already engaged. While Alice hides her feelings, Robert struggles with his waning love for his fiancée. Meanwhile, Alice discovers that the previous existence she experienced with her father in Colorado was a sham: her mother and brother, long thought dead, are alive. Disillusioned, Alice must trust God to help her find peace. VERDICT Peterson's second book in the historical series (after A Sensible Arrangement) offers a well-crafted narrative and engaging characters. A memorable and heartwarming pick for fans of novels by Beth Vogt and Cathleen Armstrong.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764212178
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Series:
Lone Star Brides Series, #2
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,418,609
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 90 novels. 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 Belgrade, Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

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A Moment in Time 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alice Chesterfield was left alone when an attack left her father dead and her face scarred. She lives in fear that the man responsible will return and harm her and those she has come to care for--Jake and Marty Wythe. When the Wythe’s decide to return to their home in Texas due to a depression, Alice joins them in the hope that she can leave her past behind. Alice soon finds herself attracted to Marty’s handsome and kind nephew, Robert Barnett. Will Alice make peace with her past in order to embrace a beautiful future? A future that could involve Robert? Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors for three main reasons. 1) She creates these amazing, real characters you can immediately relate and sympathize with. 2) Her stories are always fast paced and not for a second boring. 3) Whether joy, anger, sadness, glee, or laughter...she has the ability to make her readers feel. I’ve never read a Tracie Peterson book that I didn’t like, and A Moment in Time was no exception. Alice was kind, heartfelt, giving, and completely unaware of her own beauty. Robert was a tad annoying at times, but still somehow lovable, funny, and kind. I immediately connected with the characters, but especially with Alice and Marty. They both had deep set fears that stemmed from loss and betrayal, but had a solid, growing relationship with God. A lot of this story was about faith and I really appreciated the little gems it contained. It was also slightly suspenseful at times, just enough to keep you excited. Tracie Peterson has done it again with her latest addition to this beautiful series. If you enjoy historical fiction, then I recommend you read the Lone Star Brides series asap! It was heartfelt, relatable, fast paced, and compelling. Now the only question I have is when is book three coming out? **I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are completely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over all I enjoyed the book. However, I too wished there was more to Alice and Robert's story. They went from just meeting to being in love without any account of how that occured. I was hoping for more focus on their story.
LVandercook More than 1 year ago
While the story in this book is overall good, the characters are too hokey. The characters accents drive me crazy. Being from Texas, I found their dialogue to be utterly annoying. Some colloquialisms are fine in a book, but the author went overboard in this case. Additionally, being a Christian farmer's daughter myself and growing up around ranches and farms I have never, ever heard anyone say in real life that they are "branded for Christ." Oh dear goodness! We don't talk like that! It was just so sappy. I thought that the sermons that were in the book were narcissistic. Perhaps pastors preached that way back then (certainly many do now), but it didn't have to be in the book. The sermons focused more on what I should be doing rather than on what Christ has done for me. There were a few times in the book where the author made it clear that Christ is the way to heaven, but many times she also made it sound like we have to be better to earn it. I think the story could have been better told had it toned back the poor theology and pretend Texas slang (we don't talk like that!!). I received this book for free from Bethany Publishing House in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Tracie's books and usually enjoy them, but this book disappointed me. There was more of a focus on characters from other books in the series. I felt that the story didn't start until half-way through the book, and there was very little interaction between Alice and Robert. I found their love story very unrealistic.
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BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A Moment in Time focuses on Alice Chesterfield, a woman who lives in fear and feels that no man will ever be able to love her because of her scarred face. Alice is such a kind and likeable character. She truly tries to be nice to everyone and does not want to cause problems for anybody. As she begins to have feelings for Robert, she doubts that he would ever be truly attracted to her. Robert Barnett is a strong and handsome hero, who sees past what is on the outside and is immediately drawn to Alice. But, everyone expects Robert to wed his childhood friend, Jessica. Robert must search his heart and discern what God wants for him. Alice and Robert are such great characters. The attraction and gentle romance between them is wonderful. I also really enjoyed that the story contains a lot of Marty and Jake, from the first book. It is so nice to see what is going on in their lives. Their relationship continues to grow and thrive, after a shaky start, through this book. I highly recommend this series to fans of historical fiction and I have since realized that this series is linked to an earlier series that Tracie Peterson wrote called Land of the Lone Star. Now I look forward to reading that series as well.
Writer4God More than 1 year ago
I honestly did not care for this book much. It was slow moving at parts (especially in the beginning, which seemed to have a lot of boring scenes that dragged on and didn't hold my interest). I've read many books by Tracie Peterson before and loved quite a few of them. This one seemed as if it was written in a rush, with sloppy and clipped sentences, while conversations would drag on forever at times. Also, by the synopsis above you'd think the book is all about Alice and Robert, wouldn't you? Well just about the same amount if not more of the book followed a different character, especially in the beginning. I feel that Alice was a weak lead role and the whole book just kind of felt like you were reading a history book that told what was and had happened but had very little depth to it. Also, the romance between Alice and Robert was barely there. They meet one minute and there's a cute moment between them, but then the book goes on to focus on some other things, and when it comes back to them they're in love with each other, though neither one tells the other and there's a major lack of communication between them. Now there were some parts, when they FINALLY got to Texas (about a third or more into the book), that were somewhat interesting and kept me wanting to read more, so if I overlooked the other things it was an alright story. I hate to be too harsh but there it is, my honest opinion. It wasn't an overall horrible book, but not one I'd recommend unless you really think you'd like it. I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
ILuvBooks25 More than 1 year ago
My Review: I am a huge fan of historical fiction so when I saw that Bethany House was offering this as an advance reader copy for its reader I jumped on the opportunity. I felt that the book was a little slow moving in the beginning and I wasn't sure which character the book was going to follow. The author in my opinion spent too much time in the Denver setting then she needed to before she had them move to Texas.  In addition, I felt that in the first part of the book there were two different story lines going on rather than one. She focused on Marty's story and Alice story rather than just one.. It seemed like the book was going to be more about Marty Wythe rather than Alice Chesterfield which is not what I understood it to be from reading the summary that was provided by Bethany House.  Once I got half way through the book I really started liking the book and couldn't put it down. I was excited to see what Tracie was going to do with all the characters. In the end I was happy with the way she ended the book and was glad that I read it. I am actually very interested in reading the first book in this series to learn more about Marty and her husband Jake who were also another main characters in this book. This book was a good read and I would recommend it to other christian readers to take a look at. I wouldn't say it is my favorite book from Tracie but it was still a decent read.
pxprlx More than 1 year ago
Great story that continues from Series #1...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book almost as much as the first book in the series. It was inspirng to see the emotional Alice went on. This book made me smile, laugh, & cry. It was clean, no filthy parts. I will read other Tracie Peterson novels.
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
Colorado and Texas, 1893 "There will always be someone less fortunate than you," his mother had told him on many occasions, "and you must remember that what you do for them is serving the Lord himself." While A Moment in Time can be read as a stand alone novel, it does finish up the story of Marty and Jake Wythe from book one before progressing into the real depths of the story of Alice Chesterfield and Robert Barnett. It begins in Colorado where the last book was set and soon makes the move to Texas for the story of Alice and Robert. The setting goes from high society life to ranch life, which is my overall preferred setting. The story deals with the depression, as we learned in the previous book, and the effects Alice suffers because of the physical scar she carries. I love the way Tracie Peterson's writing flows so smoothly you feel as if you're part of the story. She has quickly become a favorite author of mine because of this very fact. This story is about trust as Marty deals with some deep seeded trust issues and Alice's level of faith is astounding. As much as she has been through in her young life she still clings to her faith like a lifeline. A Moment in Time portrays God and the Christian faith in such a beautiful way and is where, I believe, Tracie Peterson's biggest talent lays. For readers that like a little mystery it has that as well. The romance between Alice and Robert is beautiful and heart-warming which is the perfect kind of romance, I think. The book overall left me completely satisfied as a reader. The fact that it is an historical book is just icing on the cake. Historical romance readers will absolutely adore this story written in Tracie Peterson's traditional style and I highly recommend it! Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it's always nice to get to go back to reconnect with characters from earlier stories, but it's also good that they get their own story as well. The trouble with these books is that you sit down to read "a little while" and soon it's two hours later! Enjoyed hearing Alice's story and you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago