Monday, June 15, 2020

The Way of Love by Tracie Peterson

The Way of Love (Willamette Brides, #2)
Welcome! I want to share some upcoming historical book releases with you. A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund will be out on June 30.  It is the 3rd novel in The Bride Ships seriesSteadfast Mercy by Ruth Reid releases July 7.  It is the 3rd An Amish Mercies Novel.  Colors of Truth by Tamera Alexander will now be out on October 6 (instead of July 7).  It is the 2nd book in The Carnton SeriesMiss Graham's Cold War Cookbook by Celia Rees publishes on July 7.  The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis releases on August 4.  I have these books to my TBR pile (which is now the size of a very large room).
A panorama view of “central” Portland, circa 1886. The central streets are SW Hall Street and SW College Street and Harrison School is on the left.     View this image in efiles by clicki…
Panorama view of central Portland 1880s
The Way of Love by TraciePeterson has Faith Kenner finishing up her medical degree at the medical college at Willamette University which has just transferred to Portland, Oregon.  She will be living at her cousin, Nancy’s boardinghouse.  Faith meets Captain Andrew Gratton while traveling on his boat on her way to Oregon City for Christmas.  Andrew becomes injured and Faith treats his him.  Faith never thought she would be able to marry because of her heritage.  As time passes, they become friends and love blossoms between them.  But her secret can keep them apart.  Faith has been working with her fellow students to raise awareness of the plight of the Native Americans on the reservation.  Samuel Lakewood is not happy when he hears about it.  He has plans for Faith that could derail her dreams.  
Elizabeth Blackwell  graduated on January 23, 1849 to become the first female doctor in history. After being rejected by nineteen medical schools but was finally accepted by Geneva Medical College.
Elizabeth Blackwell--first female physician
The Way of Love is the 2nd novel in Willamette Brides series by Tracie Peterson.  I do recommend reading Secrets of My Heart before embarking on The Way of Love.  The story begins in December of 1879 in Portland, Oregon with Faith moving into Nancy Carpenter’s boardinghouse (from Secrets of My Heart).  I like that the story features a strong, intelligent, and Christian main character.  Faith Kenner is determined to become a doctor to help Native Americans on the reservation.  She grew up among them and knows the conditions.  Faith is a woman of strong convictions.  She does not understand why there is prejudice in the world.  As Faith states, “a person can hardly be blamed for their heritage.”  The Way of Love is rich in historical details.  It includes the racial tensions and laws that existed in Oregon at that time along with the “Storm King”, Willamette College, and much more.  Christian values and beliefs are prevalent as well.  I thought The Way of Love was well-written with vivid descriptions.  The pacing is gentle which suits the story.  It was nice catching up with Nancy, Seth, Mrs. Weaver, and the other residents of the boardinghouse along with our main characters families.  We get to find out Mrs. Weaver’s secret and it was something I never expected.  Samuel Lakewood and his cohort, Gerome Berkshire are back with their evil plans.  I am eager to learn the identity of the man who calls the shots.  I appreciated the author’s note at the end.  My favorite line from The Way of Love is “The sooner people put aside prejudices, the sooner we’ll have peace in our country.”  I thought The Way of Love was a timely novel considering what is currently happening in the United States.  The Way of Love is a compelling historical novel with a surprising storm, fine friends, a satisfying surprise, racial pressure, Christian codes, and a romantic riverboat captain.
The stern-wheeler "Wide West", probably on the Columbia River in 1880 built in Portland, Oregon in 1877 :: Ben Maxwell Collection
Stern-wheeler "Wide West" built in Portland, OR 1877
The Way of Love is available from Amazon* along with other major booksellers (can find options here).  The first novel in the Willamette Brides series is Secrets of My Heart.  The third novel in the series will be out on October 6 (available for pre-order) and it is titled Forever By Your Side.  You can find Tracie Peterson's other novels here. Thank you for reading my review today.  Tomorrow I will return with Running Out of Time by Cindi Myers.  It is the 4th novel in the Tactical Crime Division series.  May you have a blessed day.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!

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