Treasured Grace

Treasured Grace

by Tracie Peterson
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Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson Begins Compelling New Series Set on the 1840s Frontier

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in "Oregon Country," she decides to stay rather than push on.

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills—or her presence—and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764213274
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Heart of the Frontier Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 79,473
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(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 Montana. Learn more at

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Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier Book #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Moonpie72 4 months ago
Historical novels are always so exciting to me as I get to step into the past with characters and their lives the author has created. I live beside them and experience living and facing challenges during that era. The early American frontier was such a time of change and adventure. That’s why so many of us love westerns right? Reading about those times and entertaining ourselves with movies is far different than living during that era. This is something the author really brought to light for me. If you lost your family you were on your own and at the true mercy of others. You couldn’t run down to Walmart and buy medicine when you were sick or groceries and these are just a few difficulties they faced! After losing her parents, Grace marries the bad-tempered Rev. Martindale so she could provide for her sisters and travel the Oregon Trail west. It was a marriage of convenience as he had to be married to serve as a missionary. Her plans were derailed when he suddenly dies along the way. She is left with nothing again. Dr. Whitman of the Whitman Mission (of the infamous massacre) allows them to stay. Grace finds herself in conflict with the doctor/missionary because she is an herbalist. He does not want her treating anyone. This is ironic as she saved so many lives with her remedies on the wagon train. It reminded me of western medicine and holistic medicine conflicts today. While Grace and her sisters have a roof over their head they are not out of danger. Unfortunately the wagon train brought an epidemic of measles and there are many deaths, especially among the Indians. The Cayuse Indians the doctor is treating are dying in large numbers. They believe his medicine is purposely killing them. Add to that the problem of the increasing population of white men taking the Indian’s land, and there is serious trouble. Hostilities are increasing and the mission is in danger of Indian attack. A bright note in her life is handsome trapper Alex Armistead. Familiar with the ways of the Indians and the wilderness, he protects and watches out for Grace and her sisters. There were so many things I liked about the book. First and foremost was the focus on scripture and the plan of salvation. So rare to find a novel that actually shares this. The author emphasized strongly the reliance on God and strong faith in any situation, not allowing compromises. The tragedies faced by the characters are heart-breaking. I use natural remedies and oils regularly. I found it extremely interesting as to how Grace used and obtained her treatments. Once again a startling reminder of the hardships the people faced with injuries and illness. Always a great author, Ms. Peterson did an extraordinary of capturing historical facts and bringing to life the raw emotions of those who lived through the events. A book you will want to read! I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.
Kathae 10 months ago
This is why I always enjoy what I call "prairie fiction." The daily struggle of travel and survival is met head on by a strong female character. Grace has skills, is hardworking and compassionate, and will do what is necessary to keep her family intact. This is the first fictional account I have read of the Whitman Mission massacre. Author Tracie Peterson handled it well. The horrible things that happened were mentioned, but not described in too much detail. What Peterson excelled at in this book, though, was fostering compassion for the victims of the massacre and the far-reaching effect it had on their lives. I thought the ending was a little predictable, but the book as a whole was worth the read. I am already anticipating the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Grace Martindale has a heavy load to bear but she is more than willing to sacrifice her own happiness to protect and provide for her two younger sisters. Grace is a compassionate and teachable young woman. She is intelligent, brave, and hard-working. Grace is a big sister after my own heart. Alex Armistead is a quiet, steady trapper who has years of experience with natives and other early inhabitants of the Oregon Country. He and his friends know the flood of settlers will change their lives irrevocably yet they choose peace and acceptance. Under the buckskins, Alex is a gentleman at heart. This story of sacrifice, strife, and survival shines a spotlight on a tragic chain of events in our nation's history yet the light of hope and love shines brighter in the darkness. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys frontier tales and stories of the early Oregon settlements! What a promising start for this new series! I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
SignGirl58 More than 1 year ago
Wow! Tracie Peterson wrote an amazing book, but it was also filled with gut-aching pain and unimaginable circumstances. "Treasured Grace" tells the story of three sisters, Grace, Hope, and Mercy, as they traverse a rough road west. Grace, the eldest, may be considered the main character, but the story weaves around each sister and their newly made friends. While I appreciated the historical accuracy that Peterson strove to portray, this was a difficult story to stomach so I would not suggest it for any young or sensitive readers. Since "Treasured Grace" is the first of the Heart of the Frontier series, I expect Peterson will focus on each of the sisters for subsequent books. With what these girls endured, I can only imagine that each book in the series will be as heart-palpitating and intriguing. I'll be watching for the next books and I will be suggesting "Treasured Grace" to my family and friends! I received "Treasured Grace" complimentary from Bethany House Publishing and I am happy to share my honest review.
MerryWifeofWindsor More than 1 year ago
The Oregon Trail is no easy place for the three Flanagan sisters in 1847. As the eldest sister, Grace, widow of the late Right Reverend T.S. Martindale, keeps her small family together despite difficult circumstances and locales. Others are surprised when Grace doesn't seem to be mourning her husband at all. The truth is that she never truly loved the self-serving Right Reverend Martindale and only married him for convenience sake (as it enabled her to travel west with her sisters). Ever since their parents passed away, Grace has always acted in a maternal way towards her two younger sisters, Hope and Mercy. Hope, often considered the loveliest, is the second eldest sister who has a sweet nature and a zest for life, while Mercy is still very much a precocious little girl. As the three sisters make it to the Whitman Mission, run by Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife, Mrs. Narcissa Whitman, Grace receives unwanted attentions from a would-be suitor, Nigel Grierson. In addition, Grace, who has extensive healing experience, seems to constantly buts head with Dr. Whitman who insists that he is the best medical caregiver there. When Grace meets the handsome French-American fur trapped by the name of Alexander Armistead, her life takes an interesting turn. It seems that the two have an immediate chemistry. To make matters worse, the relations between the Cayuse tribe and the Caucasian settlers is steadily growing worse and worse. The situation is like a volcano about to erupt at any minute. Tracie Peterson's "Treasured Grace" was a scenic but visceral journey that felt so real and engrossing. As the characters had their conflict, felt the feelings of love, and faced tragedy at certain points, I felt like I was there the entire time. The character I have to say I connected the most to was Hope, the middle sister of the Flanagan sisters. Of all the characters, I have to say that she was the most dynamic and interesting. To go into more detail about this would be to give away spoilers, so all I will say is that she has such a big heart. The other characters were dynamic and there were some that you just loved to dislike. For example, Dr. Whitman and Telokite. Alexander Armistead, Grace's sweetheart really fell flat for me. Yes, he lived a fascinating life but I didn't feel much of an emotional connection in regards to him. Gabriel, the good friend of Alex, was someone that I was very emotionally invested in. He made me smile and cry. For me, this is the hallmark of a good author, to move you to such strong emotions that you feel it long after you finish the novel. Ms. Peterson's prose was intriguing, refreshing, and, in certain parts, heartwarming. She described the world of the Oregon Trail and the American West with such precision and clarity that (as I stated before), I could have been standing there beside the characters. What I also liked about her descriptions was that they weren't too wordy and that the story flowed smoothly. The dialogue kept the story going but it didn't particularly grip me in anyway. It was more so the actions and the descriptions that really kept my attention. Some universal themes I was able to discern were: family, faith, and survival. These three themes were the strongest ones that I could really think of at the moment. The tone and atmosphere of the novel, while dark in certain situations, struck me ultimately as hopeful. Reviewed by the Merry Wife of Windsor.
judy schexnayder More than 1 year ago
I love reading about the early history of America, especially any thing about the Oregon Trail. This story centers around the Whitman Mission massacre, a well-known piece of history that forever changed the western frontier. There is blame to be placed on both the Indian and the white man. So much harm and killing and torture of the innocent because of misunderstanding and difference in cultures. Grace Martindale, married the Right Reverend T. S. Martindale so she and her two younger sisters could move west on the Oregon Trail. She hopes to meet up with her uncle in Oregon City and live there with her sisters. They agree to keep the marriage one of convenience over one filled with love. They just didn't expect the Reverend to die along the way and leave Grace a widow. Now with no money to really begin a life, all she has is her talents as a natural healer and in a hostile world faced with increasing Indian threat at the Whitman Mission, the place where Martindale girl's are slated to stay for now. ....Then the Massacre by the Cayuse Indians. All the men are killed and the rest taken as slaves and worse. Alex Armistead, a local trapper, with problems from his past, is taken with Grace and cannot forget about her although he tries. After the army moves the remaining women and children to the fort, he helps her and her sisters to travel to Oregon City to reunite with her uncle. This is a very moving and heartfelt story, with christian principals and a happy ending...........I received a complimentary book from Baker Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier Book #1) by [Peterson, Tracie]
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Treasured Grace is just that a book that shows you how to treasure Grace. What an amazing reminder to us all isn't it and it just takes us to going back to settler days to do that. This is about Grace who goes with her husband, who is a minister, and heads on the wagon trail. On the way there there is a cholera outbreak leaving her a widow. Well now the others needed someone to nursemaid those that were sick, pregnant, hurt etc and Grace happened to have some experience in that area helping the settlers and the Native Indians. She gets to Oregon and decides to stay there because her experience is needed. There is Alex, a fur trapper - who seems to help and like her - and she needs it because there are those who are not too happy she is there and she is in some danger - So, what happens is.........y'all I can't tell you what happens - you have to get the book and read but I tell you -this book is authentic especially with this being a historical novel - and this Author is ONE of the best one's I have read for historical books. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Treasured Grace is the first book in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier Series. Grace Martindale has buried her husband on the Oregon Trail. She continues on the trail with her two younger sisters, Mercy and Hope. They are traveling to Oregon City to be with their Uncle after the death of their parents. Grace has decided they would stop at the Whitman Mission and stay until spring instead of traveling on. The Whitman Mission is run by Dr. Marcus Whitman. Shortly after arriving at the Mission, there is an outbreak of measles. Grace is a healer and can help, Dr. Whitman does not allow her to. Even though Dr. Whitman has been helping the nearby Cayuse Indian camp, the measles is taking the life of some of their people. Grace travels to the camp with Alex Armistead, a fur trapper and his friend, Sam. She finds the camp filthy and attempts to treat the ill but it is too late in some cases. Grace is called to help a friend who is ill. Her sisters do not want to go with her. While she is away with Alex and Sam caring for her friend, the Cayuse attack the Mission killing the doctor, his wife and many others. Those that are left are taken hostage and the women are abused. The hostages are eventually taken to Fort Nez Perce and traded back to the white people. The women and children are so traumatized they did not want to be with others. Rumors of the Cayuse coming back for the hostages caused them to be taken by boat to Oregon City. Grace was in a loveless marriage and since the day her husband was buried, Nigel Roberson has been proposing to her. After arriving in Oregon City she realizes she can not support herself and sisters on her healing. She feels she has no option to care for her sisters and herself than to marry him, even though it is Alex that she loves. This is a good but very hard story to read. The author has spend much time researching to make the story as real as possible. The story brings to life the situations with the early settlers moving into Indian territory and how the Indians feel threatened by them. The story does an awesome job of explaining this. I found this book very hard to put down. I appreciated the importance of Faith that is written through out the story. I also appreciate the importance of having love in a marriage that was brought out many times. The story is a very violent one, it gives glimpses into the fears the early settlers had and the hardships they endured. The topics within the story could be bothersome to readers, but they were true events of the time. I think people who enjoy reading stories based on the Oregon Trail and early settlers will enjoy this story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this honest review.
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Tracie Peterson's historical novels. Her writing draws me into the story, with accurate portrayals and rich characters; this book was no exception. Set it the mid-1800's, a young woman finds herself caring for her two sisters after her parents have died. Leaving her family home and marrying a minister out of convenience, she find herself on a wagon train heading towards Oregon. I appreciated the main character Grace, for her wisdom of herbs and the healing properties they offered. On the trail her husband dies and she stops at the Whitman Mission until they can proceed to Oregon. Grace realizes that the native peoples are not the demons some people portray them as, she seeks to help them as well. The white people were also equally vicious on their attacks of the natives. The story is fascinating and suspenseful and I did not want to put the book down; the only thing I found difficult was waiting until this summer for the next book in the series. I would rate this 10 stars, out of 10. If you like historical fiction, look for this book~it won't disappoint. I would like to thank Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book. I was provided this book in exchange for my honest opinion; I received no compensation for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With over one hundred books to her credit, Tracie Peterson is a prolific writer. While Treasured Grace falls among her historical fiction novels, Tracie writes contemporary fiction as well. Her fans will be very pleased with this first book in her latest series. Treasured Grace is set in Oregon Country in the mid-1800s, leading up to Oregon’s recognition as a territory of the United States of America. Peterson’s fictional characters survive the trials of life on the Oregon trail, only to live through the real life horrors of the Whitman Mission massacre. Readers of Jane Kirkpatrick’s The Memory Weaver, which told the story of Eliza Spaulding, an actual Whitman Mission survivor, and her family, may also be interested in reading the story of the Flanigan sisters: Grace, Hope and Mercy. Following the death of their widowed mother, the sisters embark upon a journey to Oregon Country in order to locate their uncle. Unable to make the trip as a single woman, Grace, the eldest, enters a marriage of convenience. The Right Reverend T.S. Martindale, meeting the Mission Board’s requirement of having a wife, agrees to take on the responsibility of Grace and her sisters, while also taking most of their resources. However, during the trip to Oregon City, the Right Reverent succumbs to illness, and Grace becomes a widow whose marriage was never consummated. She finds that she must place herself and her sisters at the mercy of Dr. and Mrs. Whitman, who graciously allow the sisters to winter over while they build up their strength, and determine their next course of action. Any thoughts they had about their future were abruptly changed as the Cayuse attack the mission killing the older boys, men, and Mrs. Whitman, and keep the women and children hostage. Themes presented through this story deal with forgiveness, prejudice, healing, and faith in the face of the most difficult of times. I recommend this book to fans of well-researched historical fiction as well as fans of Christian romance novels. I thank the publisher for making this book available to me in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson is the first book in Heart of the Frontier series. It is late October in 1847 on the Oregon Trail. Grace Flanagan Martindale has just lost her husband, Right Reverend T.S. Martindale (I do not know why he is Right Reverend). Grace is not exactly sorry that he is dead (he treated them like slaves). It was a marriage of convenience on both their parts (they did not share a bed). Grace wanted to go west with her two sisters, and Martindale wanted to go to the mission fields. The timing, though, is imperfect. The trail is no place for a widow and her two younger sisters especially when winter will soon be upon them. It is suggested that Grace, Mercy, and Hope spend the winter at the Whitman Mission (especially after she refuses the proposal of Nigel Grierson). Grace agrees and hopes that she will be able to earn a living with her healing herbs, nursing skills and midwifery. Dr. Whitman, though, does not appreciate (or trust) Grace’s skills with herbs. The local Indians, though, could use Grace’s help after illness strikes them (thanks to the settlers). Fur trader, Alex Armistead helps Grace get over her fear of the Indians by showing her that they are just like her. Grace receives a letter from Mr. Browning, her friend Eletta’s husband. Eletta is ill and needs her assistance. While away helping Eletta, the Indians attack the mission. Hope and Mercy are at the mission and the Indians take them captive. Can the sisters and the other hostages be rescued? If so, will they ever be the same again? Join Grace and her sisters on their journey to Oregon in Treasured Grace. Treasured Grace is well-written and has good characters. My attention was captured and held throughout the book. I found it to have a good pace which made it easy to read. There is extreme violence in the book which is historically accurate, but I found it upsetting. Prayer and faith are prevalent themes throughout the book. It emphasizes how important it is to have faith that God is there for you in the bad times and the good. I give Treasured Grace 4 out of 5 stars. It is a lovely yet heartbreaking story. It does have a sweet ending once you get past the serious parts (which are sad, heartbreaking and slightly depressing). There is the requisite romance, but I did enjoy the character of Alex. Tracie Peterson did a great job with her research. Her writing brought history to life. I have read the majority of Ms. Peterson’s novels (I still have a couple in my TBR pile), and I will continue to read her stories in the future.