“Beloved Hope” by Tracie Peterson, book review Heart of the Frontier, book #2
This is the continuation of the story of the Flanagan sisters: Faith, Hope, and Mercy as they make a new home in the Indian Territory of the US. In book #1, Faith married a man who she did not love in order to provide for her younger sisters following the death of her parents. The sisters endured a terrible massacre at the mission where they were staying. Now in book #2, Hope is the center character.
Her experiences at the mission were terrible and she bares many scars, although none are outwardly visible. Now two years later, the US government has apprehended several Indians who were involved in the murders and they are on trial. Hope is tapped as a key witness, as she saw several of the murders and she was raped by the Indians during the captivity that followed.
Lane Kenner is serving his final days in the army and eagerly waiting until he can return to New Orleans to take over his family’s plantation. But then he meets Hope.
I enjoyed this book and I had read book #1. There is enough background given to be able to read this without reading #1, but there is a lot that would be lost. There is a bit of possibly mature content dealing with the Indian’s murder and rape of women at the mission, so might not be suitable for all readers.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.