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Book Title: Embers of Love|
The author of the book: Tracie Peterson
ISBN 13: 9780764208195
Edition: Bethany House Publishers
Date of issue: October 1st 2010
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 4.7
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Allow me to begin by refreing you to the title.
Embers of Love.
I should have been warned right there. Should have been, but I wasn't. And that isn't neccesarily a bad thing. I'm impressed with Tracie Peterson. She writes good Christian romance. The problem is, I don't like Christian romance novels. And I can't seem to remember that. The first half of this book was really good, maybe even the first three-fourths. And then it kind of...lost me.
Deborah Vandermark is returning home from college out East to help her family's logging business in Perkinsville, Texas. Along for the ride is her best friend Lizzie who is litterally leaving her groom at the alter and making a run for it. Deborah is a highly educated woman in a town where education is not highly valued. She struggles with the ignorance she sees all around her and longs for someone who appreciates learning.
In steps Dr. Clayton. He's young, single, and believes Deborah ought to be a doctor. Which happens to be exactly what Deborah secretly longs for. Certain her family cannot survive without her, though, she refuses to seek an education in medicine.
Meanwhile, Lizzie is rapidly falling for Deborah's kind but sorrow-laden older brother, G.W. When her ex-fiance shows up with her mother in tow, Lizzie finds herself in over her head.
I enjoyed the characters in this book. Of course, they tended to be a touch overdone...the sort of characters that are driven by perfectly pure motivation. Unless of course they are supposed to be antagonist, in which case they are driven by selfish ambition until experiencing a miraculous change of heart. But overall, they are good. Round, with problems, defects, humor. Generally likeable. Just sickeningly good.
Their problems/resolutions did get a bit baffling though. Deep, emotional issues are solved quite rapidly. For example, (bit of a spoiler here), G.W. blames himself for their Father's death. Lizzie has one conversation with him and suddenly, BAM! he's all better. Despite the fact that his family have been trying to tell him for months that it wasn't his fault, a few well-placed comments from a pretty girl and he's set. Maybe believable but that is not the only time something like that happens. Take Dr. Clayton and Deborah. They struggle with their growing affection, and a few placed comments from Mrs. Vandermark and they tread forward with hardly a qualm. It is not that something like this might not happen, it just is it happens a great deal in this story where a lot of the driving difficulties or problematic themes get lightly swept away.
Despite this, there is actually very little resolution within the pages of this book. I'm assuming that is because it is the first in a series. While Lizzie and G.W. seem to smooth out their difficulties early on, the hidden threat from her ex-fiance is never lived out. The cowboy who likes Deborah is simply set aside after two scenes. G.W. is left potentially crippled. Dr. Clayton is going to trian Deborah and court her...but its after an almost laughably-awkward scene that doesn't really come across as romatnic as its supposed to be. Peterson sets up for a "more in the future..." without a real resolution except maybe a temporary pause. Will the next book open up with Lizzie's baby? A nice blank space to skim a few months? Who knows. I'm not feeling particularly inclined to find out, but curiousity did kill the cat.
The thing I didn't really care for about this book are my usual complaints. I can pretty much sum it up in the last two pages with lines like:
"He felt the embers of love that had been smldeirng within him spark a flame. This woman was simple and complex, all at the same time. How was that even possible?
He gently took hold of her face..."
Good Lord, (I'm turning into a Southener, I tell ya) why do I do this to myself? I know I'm going to dislike it and yet I read these stories anyway.
In conclusion, I like Tracie Peterson. I'll probably talk myself into getting another one of her books, though I doubt it will be in this series. Thank you Rebekah for lending a bored-college student a quick read on her week off. If you like this sort of thing, go for it! Its good.
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Read information about the authorTracie 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.
pen name: Janelle Jamison
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