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January 16, 2015

Steadfast Heart {Tracie Peterson}

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious despite her spoiled upbringing. Her deepest desire at the age of twenty is to find true love. However, her father believes she's wasted enough time searching for a suitable husband, and he wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--thirty-seven-year-old James Rybus. But the idea of marriage to a man so much older is out of the question for Lenore.

Kolbein Booth, a 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 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...

My Thoughts:

This book started out pretty interesting. Lenore and her best friend, Abrianna, seem to be characters that were going to be fun to get to know, and the book summary had me eager to get into this story. However, most of this book is about Abrianna (who doesn't even appear in the summary at all). 

About a third the way through, this book just fell flat for me. The characters seemed to just go on and on, without anything interesting being said or done. Abrianna began to grate on my nerves and I just wanted her to quit talking. Wade drove me nuts because he won't just admit he loves Abrianna (if you've read it, you know I'm right).

By the time Lenore finally proclaimed her love, I was so bored I was just skimming through the pages trying to get to the end. The book had a very predictable happy ending, and I was pretty glad it was over.

This story has the potential to be a great story, and maybe the follow-ups in this series will be better. But this book just wasn't for me.

Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.