Land of the Lone Star Trilogy – Tracie Peterson

Titles: 1. Chasing the Sun, 2. Touching the Sky, 3. Taming the Wind

Author: Tracie Peterson

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction

Plot: 1. Hannah Dandridge’s father has disappeared from their Texas ranch. Now she’s in charge of her family’s ranch and her two much younger siblings. Hannah looks to her father’s friend, Herbert Lockhart, but he’s not all he says he is. William Barnett is a Union soldier returning to his family’s ranch only to find Hannah and her siblings living there. Now everyone must decide what to do. But with the Comanche threatening the land and others wanting their way, can Hannah and William work together to save the ranch?

2. Laura and Carissa Marquardt are ladies in Corpus Christi. Carissa is swept up in a whirlwind romance with a man she’s just met. Laura is unsure of the man. Something in her gut doesn’t trust him but she can’t convince Carissa otherwise. Laura soon finds a confidant in Brandon Reid. He’s a lieutenant with the Union Army and on a secret mission to stop Carissa’s soon to be husband. Can Brandon put a stop to his plan? Can Laura keep her sister safe?

3. Carissa’s followed her sister, Laura, and Brandon, Laura’s now husband, to their ranch to start new with her daughter, Gloria. But old wounds are slow to heal. Luckily, her friend, Tyler Atherton, had patience. But his lingering anger and old wounds are slow to heal as well. Brandon, Tyler, and some other men have decided to go on a cattle drive. Can the women stay safe with the Comanche getting ready for war? With two of the women pregnant, what will happen when the past comes back to haunt them? Will the men make it back to help? Or will they make do by themselves?

Rating: 4.0 – a sweet, old west tale

Opinion: This was a really sweet, sappy trilogy. I thought it would be a lot sappier, but it had just the right amount of sap. I was surprised by the high amount of Christianity there is in this trilogy. It was a very pleasant surprise. It was a really important part of all of the main characters. A lot of the historical fiction books don’t have as strong of a sense of faith. It’s there, but not as prominent. I really appreciated that. I haven’t found a lot of books that talked a lot about Texas history during the Civil War. It’s usually about the standard states during the war. I liked learning more about this side of the war and what the people thought about it. I really enjoyed the combination of sappy romance, historical fiction, and faith. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves historical fiction.

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