After her step-mother dies, Hannah Dandridge’s father takes her and her two baby siblings to Texas to escape the memories of his late wife. A lawyer who works for the Confederacy, he is awarded the ranch of a family who left to fight for the Union in return for his services. However, when Hannah’s father disappears on a trip back home and the last remaining member of that family, William Barnett, returns to find his ranch occupied, sparks ensue.
In the midst of her worries about her father and the unwelcome attention of her father’s partner, Hannah struggles to determine what God wants for her life. Throughout the book, she displays courage and faith, even the midst of terrible trials. William Barnett, who is equally courageous, also relies on God to set things right. Both can’t give up their home, but neither can they find it in their hearts to turn the other out.
Chasing the Sun is the first book in the Land of the Lone Star series by Tracie Peterson. The characters are interesting and the story seems realistic–at least to my modern sensibilities. Would a young woman on the frontier really go alone to help a band of Indians who had declared war on all white people? I don’t know. There were some characters that needed to be fleshed out more, like William’s friend who suddenly appears with a scheme to bring cattle to the Confederate troops. I also thought that the story about Hannah’s father needed to be highlighted more. I would have liked to have ‘met’ him in the story, as well.
What inspires Tracie Peterson to write? Find out HERE.
***Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.