Friday, September 18, 2009

Review: Dawn's Prelude

Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska, #1)

Dawn's Prelude by Tracie Peterson

Married off at a tender age to a harsh, older widower, Lydia Gray can't help but feel a measure of relief when an accident claims his life. What happens next, however, is a surprise to everyone: Through an unforeseen fluke, Lydia finds herself the sole recipient of her late husband's fortune. But instead of granting her security, strife ensues as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves.

Lydia longs to wash her hands of the situation and determines to join her aunt in Alaska, putting financial decisions in the capable hands of her lawyer. The beauty and serenity of life in Sitka appeal to Lydia, as does Kjell Lindquist, the handsome owner of the local sawmill. But a new discovery in Lydia's life forces her to rethink her future.

She is bound to her past as never before . . . but what more must she sacrifice?

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First let me mention about how much I love the cover of this book, the coloring especially is just to die for it is so pretty. So far almost every historical fiction that I have read from Tracie Peterson I have enjoyed and this one is no different on that enjoyment scale. It may not be as non stop fabulous as the Yukon Quest, but it in a different manner it is better at the same time. Reading the book blurb as an expectant reader you can assume certain things of the plot line and story to occur and wonder how they unfold and what will happen next, but this novel is so much more in depth with twists and turns and much more plot than the blurb even begins to imply.

The best of Christ's beginning love is shown through in the characters and they learn and grow. Evil is still present as ever in some characters as is always in the writing of Tracie Peterson in a way that is very real as uncomfortable as that may seen. What is fabulous is the way that even with so many bad things that can possibly occur all the good that God can bring out of it. With emotions running, and pages not turning fast enough if you ever have enjoyed some of the work of this author before you will be glad to read this new novel that does not disappoint. If you have yet to read Tracie's books, this is a great place to start. I highly recommend her. This book is a great start to a new series and I cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764201514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764201516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches

5 comments and creative thoughts:

Holly said...

Lovely review! And you're right, the cover is gorgeous. I've enjoyed her books.

Renee said...

I loved the cover but wasn't so crazy about the book...but I'm like you...LOVED the Yukon Quest series!

XOXO~ Renee

CherryBlossomMJ said...

Renee what turned you off?

Jennifer said...

oooooooo, you make me want to read it. Love the cover of the book too. I love her as an author. Never found one book she wrote that I didn't like

Julie J. said...

Not that I NEED *wink* another book to read...I just HAD to order this one after reading this review. I hate to not read your blog but you aren't helping my to-be-read pile at all MJ!!! LOL

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