Steadfast Heart (Brides of Seattle Series #1)

Steadfast Heart (Brides of Seattle Series #1)

by Tracie Peterson

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Steadfast Heart (Brides of Seattle Series #1) by Tracie Peterson

Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she's wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--who is seventeen years her senior--an idea that is out of the question for Lenore.

Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.

Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764210617
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Series: Tracie Peterson's Brides of Seattle Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 372,617
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 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 Steadfast Heart 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Jani417 More than 1 year ago
This is Book One of a new series called Brides of Seattle.  The story is set in Seattle in 1888.  Lenore Fulcher’s best friend, Abrianna, works and lives at a Bridal School where young women learn homemaking skills, music, dancing, needlework and similar pursuits to prepare for marriage.  Lenore is the daughter of a wealthy man and Abrianna is an orphan with a heart full of love and compassion for the poor. The plot follows the usual historical romance lines, but the cast of characters is unique and likable.  A couple of new men come to town; one a businessman with a questionable reputation and the other a lawyer, seeking his runaway young sister.  Interactions are lively and each character has a unique spiritual relationship with God.  These are truly Christian people in word and deed. There are some loose ends that are not tied up and some mysteries left unsolved.  In a stand alone book, this might be annoying, but in a series, it can only be an incentive for readers to look forward to Book Two.  Several situations are ripe for expansion in the next volume and readers can hope to have answers to questions. This is a really delightful historical romance that makes a very promising beginning to a new series.  I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and am pleased to recommend it to readers who enjoy good historical Christian romance.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
Going to the Chapel This tale takes places in 1888 Seattle, Washington, and revolves around a bridal school run by three elderly women.  The story centers on young, wealthy Lenore; her best friend, Abrianna, who was raised in the bridal school; Kolbein, a lawyer from Chicago looking for his run away sister; along with Wade, a handyman and childhood friend of Abrianna.    Lenore is desperate to procure a husband.  Her father has given her a short time period to find love on her own. If she doesn't, he will marry her off to a man twice her age.  Abrianna constantly runs against the convention of the day, as well as, her three aunts, by ministering alone to the poor and destitute in the most dangerous parts of town.  Kolbein's path cross these two women's when he arrives in Seattle attempting to track down his missing sister.  Wade spends a good deal of time trying to protect Abrianna, and helping her aunts. There is a lot going on in this tale.  The Christian perspective in the book is strong and very well done.  I liked the story-line about a bridal school that is partially a finishing school, and partially a match making service.  The aunts who run it are interesting characters whose foibles add humor to the tale.    The story's main character seems to start out as Lenore, but then switches to Abrianna, who is a lot more interesting.  But switching from one character to another is confusing for the reader.  There were also lots of side stories including a very shady man, drug dealing, human trafficking and some unsolved murders. The author writes very well.  But I did not like the story's abrupt ending.  There were too many story lines that were started that did not have conclusions.  So instead of being a tale that can stand on its own, it feels very much like part of a series that needs the rest of the books to get a satisfactory ending.  I would still recommend this work because of the author's writing skill.  There are enjoyable parts, and some of the loose ends are tied up in this volume.  Just be aware you will finish it wanting the next book in the series.     The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion. 
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  Tracie Peterson writes historical novels that combine detail with grand scope.  In this case, the details surround two young ladies- Lenore and Abrianna- and the grand scope is the matrimonial environment of the late 1880's.  If you've read her books before, you've probably been eagerly anticipating a new series. A Steadfast Heart starts off the Brides of Seattle saga.  This story contrasts the wealth and opulence of Seattle's Upper Crust with the poverty of the alleys and docks. Lenore must decide whether to live a blind life of privilege, or a whether to move through the world with clear-eyes and out-stretched hands.  Of course, the man she marries with have much to do with the shape of her future. Will Lenore sacrifice her principles and marry an economically and socially "suitable match," or will she keep a steadfast heart and look first for a man of quality? I must say that Abrianna was my favorite character- solidly commonsense and extremely dedicated to her humanitarian work. However, we readers can tell that she's shutting herself off from love, and I hope the next book will show her opening her heart.  I'm going to be passing my copy along to a friend who adores Tracie's books... I'm sure she'll have found a new favorite.  I thank Bethany House for providing me with a review copy. 
rkokes More than 1 year ago
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!  
Xaleah More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading anything written by Tracie Peterson so I cannot compare it to any of her previous works. However I have read christian fiction a few select times in the past. The book is suppose to be about Lenore Fulcher practically falling in love with complete stranger, Kolbein Booth. Although I found there are a lot of little stories through out the book before the Lenore/Kolbein story really comes out. Lenore is a woman with a very well upbringing, her father being a business man. In the beginning pages of the book, we meet Lenore’s father, Josiah Fulcher as he tries to set up courtship between Lenore and one of his business associates. Lenore however is not interested in being forced into marriage and manages to bide time, at least for one month. Her best friend is Abrianna Cunningham who is ward of three sisters who run a bridal school. Young women come from all over to learn to be wives. Learn to cook, sew, sing, and clean. Abrianna however, despite being practically raised under the roof of the bridal school is proving to be harder to teach the tasks of sewing, and cooking. She manages to get in trouble with her Aunties as she calls the three sisters for burning everything from baked goods to eggs. Abrianna’s real interest is taking care of the less fortunate and needy. She enjoys taking food, warm blankets and other needed items to orphans and other homeless people. Feeling that is what God has called her to do, she cannot imagine doing anything any different with her life. Kolbein is introduced into the book as a Lawyer who has traveled all the way from Chicago to find his younger sister. Lenore and Kolbein are almost instantly smitten with each other. Lenore has to leave town in the beginning of the book to accompany her mother and father for a while. She depends on Abrianna to talk to Kolbein about her good qualities. All the while she is away she is missing this man that she barely knows. Secretly he is feeling much the same thing. They are both longing to be reunited to see where their relationship goes. As the book continues you get to see the characters blossom with their own qualities and quirks. I think my favorite character was actually Abrianna. I loved that she was her own person and did not quite conform to what was considered the norm during that time period. I actually enjoyed that the book was set in the late 1800’s. It was really neat to read how different times were back then compared to now. How different women and men were expected to act around each other. How what was expected of society was quite different. Even words such as legs was considered taboo especially around members of the opposite sex. I am not going to go on and on about the rest of the things that happened in the book, my review already has a few spoilers in it. But I have to say I was surprised to have liked the book as much as I did. Initially when I began reading it, I was a little confused with the characters at the beginning, but I pressed through and continued to read the chapters. The book got better and better the more I read. Although I am sure there are a few things in there I may have changed, I overall did enjoy the book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian Romance or books that are set during the 1800’s time period.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
*Book Description* Lenore Fulcher is happy in her state of life. Unfortunately, her father is not and has decided to take things into his own hands in regards to his daughter's love life. When her father tries to set her up with someone closer to his age then hers-and closer to his heart too-she realizes she needs to take action quickly. And then Kolbein appears and Lenore has an idea. As she gets to know Kolbein bit by bit, she starts to wish he could be more then just a solution to her problem. Could he?  Kolbein came to Seattle to find his wayward sister. She's bound and determined to get married but she's only 18 and in Kolbein's eyes, that's too young. She's looked for her everywhere and his last lead is a Bridal school led by 3 woman who could probably be his grandmother. When he arrives with a mission to find his sister he never expected to find two lovely young woman...make that one lovely woman and one chatty woman. When the lovely lady, Lenore Fulcher, begins to consume his mind and his heart, he struggles to keep his mind on the task. Will he ever have his sister back? Is it possible to have Lenore as well? Abrianna is Lenore's tender-hearted, determined best friend with red hair and a vibrancy of life to match. Only Wade doesn't see his best friend as just determined...he sees her as stubborn. She doesn't understand the danger that lurks in the streets of Seattle but he does and will do anything to protect her. Is it just an innocent friendship instinct? Or is it more? *What I liked* Personally, although I loved the Lone Star series, I liked this book better. I like that though her father wanted her to marry for stability, he was supportive of Lenore's wants and hopes instead of crushing them like some books. I also liked Kolbein's protectiveness over his sister though his worries were perhaps a bit misplaced. Even after all of this though, I lived for the moments with bright, stubborn Abrianna and her best friend, Wade. I know that they're "just friends" in this book but I can't help but think that they've earned a spot of their own...come on book two! *What I didn't like* The main things, only things actually, that I didn't like was the fact that Wade and Abrianna's story seemed much more developed then Kolbein and Lenore's and it was their story. I also didn't like how rushed Kolbein and Lenore's relationship was. They met once and they're in love. I get that Tracie was going for love at first sight but I can't help but think maybe it was a bit too rushed. Don't worry, that probably makes me want to read book 2 even more! *My Rating* I give Steadfast Heart... 4 stars! *Why my rating is what it is* My rating is 4 stars because although it was better then her Lone Star series, this one was another cliff hanger because of Wade and Abrianna's unfinished story. I also rated it 4 stars because of the lack of depth in Lenore and Kolbein's story. *I received this book from Bethany House and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I enjoyed this first in the series novel. I admit that at first, I did find it distracting that the main characters weren't actually the main characters; however, having started the second book in the series and finding it so far to be much the same, I accept that I am reading the lives of these characters through the eyes of the series main character. If I am correct, her story will finally be told in book three. I also felt that there were a couple of secondary stories that left me wanting answers. The San Francisco family for one and a certain (un)gentleman who might make another appearance in the second book. I've only just read the first chapters so much of what is unsettled in my head may be addressed soon. I am also hoping to learn more of the Aunts and the captain. At any rate, I found book one to be full of all the things I love about Tracie Peterson works and am excited to get into the meat of book two.
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MiamiKel More than 1 year ago
As I tackle the books that have piled up on my nightstand, I re-read Tracie Peterson's Steadfast Heart (originally read mid-year) to refresh my recollection. I have to state for the record, however, that I love me some Peterson! I enjoyed A Matter of Heart and A Moment in Time so I jumped at the chance to read this one. At the risk of being cliche', this one just wasn't as solid and quickly prompted me at why it wasn't a favorite on my list for 2015. Let me tell you what I DID love! ~ The empyrean sweetness between Kolbien Booth and Lenore Fulcher ~ both seeking a faithful, true love meeting of the heart. ~I adored the 'big brother' that ran to the rescue to find his sister, feared to be a mail order bride. I have a big brother. That juxtaposition reminded me of while he searched for his sister at all costs, wrought with fear and worry, mine would have been doing the same! ~The matronly, little old ladies in the bridal shop, so prim and proper had me in stitches and I could paint the picture in my mind of them as plain as day! Peterson paints a great picture of characters, including this tea sippin', God fearin', high neck dress wearin' gals! ~Lenore's sweetness and caring for the less fortunate, seeking to keep them fed and dry and risking so much to bring them just the bare necessities - including replacing so many bibles :) I don't have any bad remarks towards this book, the first in the Brides of Seattle series, although it just wasn't a page turner. I wasn't excited to get to the end - I just wanted to get TOO the end. Thanks to Bethany House for the chance to review this book!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson in her new book “Steadfast Heart” Book One in the Brides of Seattle series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the lives of Lenore Fulcher and Kolbein Booth. From the back cover: Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn’t pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she’s wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners–who is seventeen years her senior–an idea that is out of the question for Lenore. Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn’t there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention. Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out… Seattle, Romance and Brides these are the ingredients for a wonderful read. Lenore is looking to get married but not to the older man who her father has chosen. She wants a real marriage not a marriage of convenience. Kolbein is looking to rescue his sister but meets Lenore instead. These two are going to have to make up their minds in how to proceed. “Steadfast Heart” is a wonderful romance and the history is perfectly accurate giving a picture of simpler, slower times. Ms. Peterson is an amazing writer and she has given us a great story with believable characters on Lenore and Kolbein as well as the supporting players that we just fall in love with. I liked this book and look forward to the next one in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I really struggled with this story. The cover art is beautiful and the setting of the story is interesting. However, the first half of the book moved very slowly for me and I just could not get invested in the characters. When I reached the second half of the story, I felt that the pace picked up a bit. I still had trouble really relating to anyone and there are quite a few characters. Viewpoints switched back and forth between all of these characters a lot, which was a bit confusing. As the story moved on, I did not have trouble keeping everything straight, and the storyline caught my interest more. I will say that I liked Wade, Lenore, and Kolbein. I was not fond of Abrianna for most of the book. I felt that Kolbein grew into a more caring character as the story progressed and Lenore was a very sweet character. Although I did not particularly enjoy this book, I have enjoyed reading Tracie Peterson’s books in the past and look forward to reading other works by her in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Tracie Peterson.  Every book that I have read by her is amazing, and Steadfast Heart keeps with the tradition.  Streadfast Heart is book 1 in the Brides of Seattle series, and I can’t wait to read the rest.  In this book we are introduced to so many lovable characters.  Lenore and her best friend Abrianna might not always look or act the same, but that only enhances their friendship.  Lenore grew up in a privileged lifestyle where she was taught how to act and what you should and should not say.  Abrianna was mostly raised by her Aunts and their good friend in a Bridal School.  Despite being raised a certain way Lenore has a big heart for others.   Abrianna’s story takes center stage for a lot of the book, and I can honestly say I don’t mind it one bit.  Abrianna has the biggest heart for the homeless and down and outers.  She is strong in her faith in God, and knows that helping them is what she is made for.  One of her oldest and best friends Wade also likes to help, and will tag along with her to help in any way he can.  Wade enjoys every minute he spends with Abrianna, and knows that it will never be boring.  I can’t wait to read more about Abrianna and her love story and hope that it takes place in book 2. Kolbein Booth comes to Seattle in search of his little sister.  When he arrives at Madison Bridal School he gets more than he bargained for.  After telling the ladies about his sister, they all want to help him find her.  Abrianna makes it a mission of hers to find his sister, and asks her friends to keep an eye out.  Lenore and Kolbein both notice each other immediately, but is that enough?  This book takes you on an adventure from beginning to end.  I enjoyed the whole ride and know you will too.  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.  
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson has a wonderful way with words. Her characters are always well rounded and developed. The Christian aspect is very present and tastefully written. This book was no exception. Steadfast Heart was no exception. It is well written and developed, as I've come to expect from Tracie Peterson. The characters were well-written and entertaining. Lenore Fulcher is a sweet, caring young lady who is deeply devoted to her family and her friend Abrianna (who had me in tears from her antics!). All she wants is to be truly and deeply loved. Kolbein Booth is a fine gentleman who is captivated from the moment he meets Lenore. I will say, I immensely enjoyed Abrianna Cunningham's character (almost more than Lenore's)! Her and her aunts provided such comic relief to the story. Wade's character, his exasperation with Abrianna could be felt through the pages, was another great addition. I hope we see more them in the future!! The message of the story was expertly weaved throughout. Both Lenore and Kolbein deepened their childhood faith and learned to depend on the Lord for their comfort and strength. With Abrianna and Wade's help, they come to fully grasp and understand what the Lord has for them. Overall, this was a great story and I look forward to reading more about the Brides of Seattle. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Bethany House blogging program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
LVandercook More than 1 year ago
The book is supposed to be about Lenore and Kolbein meeting and falling in love, but for the majority of the book they are in different cities and have only just met. One Lenore's first day back, he practically proposes. It is just preposterous. One of the main characters Abrianna has such an annoying personality, even the other characters in the book mention how she talks out of turn, too much, and inappropriately. She annoyed me to tears. The book was mainly about her and her charity work. She had many political opinions as did her guardians that seemed really out of place for the book. The point of view shifts many times in the novel, but oddly when Lenore and Kolbein have an argument the focus is only on Lenore, and we don't know what made Kolbein come and apologize. Towards the end of the novel, Lenore's father has a heart attack which delays her wedding. I felt like the author threw that in there simply to take up more space. Perhaps she thought she needed more words in her novel. It seemed very out of place. Some murders occur in the novel, but there is no resolving of them and by the end of the book it is as if it didn't even happen. There is a character named Welby with an interesting career path that includes the purchase of the bridal school's building that Abrianna lives in and her guardians own. It seems as if the purchase is a bad thing, but when it actually happens, there is no more discussion about the shady Welby and what he intends to do with the building. In addition to the book having a poor plot line and annoying characters, the book is full of mysticm and decision theology. All in all, I found the plot lacking, and characters less than stunning, and the theology bad. I don't recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany Publishing House in exchange for my honest review.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
The Steadfast Heart took place in Seattle just prior to the turn of the century. Seattle is a growing seaport city with a burgeoning population. Kolbein Booth has come there looking for his missing sister. He heads to Mrs. Madison’s Bridal School, hoping she might have shown up there. His sister is not there, but he does make the acquaintance of irrepressible Abrianna, who has a heart for the downtrodden, but not for the housewife skills being taught by her aunts at the school. Abrianna is very willing to help Kolbein and even introduce him to many of the less “cultured” inhabitants of Seattle in an effort to find his elusive sister. Kolbein does not immediately find his sister, but he does meet Abrianna’s best friend Lenore, the only child of a wealthy businessman. Can Kolbein find his sister and in the meantime keep an unsavory character from taking advantage of the proprietresses of the Bridal School for his less than ethical pursuits? The reader will find some but not all questions answered . Tracie Peterson has written many works of historical fiction. Many of them concern the West and have good examples of historical research. While readers will find this to be an entertaining book, I did not find that I learned very much about Seattle during this time period. This is the first of a series. There were many questions left unresolved. One would hope that the next book is not too long in coming out to discover the fate of Abrianna and that of her aunts’ school. I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
KyKim More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the friendship between Lenore and Abrianna in Steadfast Heart (Brides of Seattle, #1) by Tracie Peterson. Together they made a beautiful team. Abrianna with a lovely heart that wants to help all the less fortunate and Lenore who has the means to do so. I loved the ladies that run the Bridal School! Everything about them makes me want to meet them. With the lawyer Kolbein, coming to Seattle, looking for his sister Greta, who he thinks is at the Bridal School, and falling for the beautiful Lenore. Wade always looking out for Abrianna, I expected him to also announce that he was in love with her. I was left wanting to know more at the end of the book though, like what happened with Priam Welby? A very unlikable man from the beginning. And who committed the murders of the three men close to the Bridal School? Perhaps there will be another follow-up book with the answer to these questions in it. I would just like to know if I have figured it out right. I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.