Forever by Your Side by Tracie Peterson has Connie Browning returning home to Oregon with her best friend, Thomas Lowell. They will be working on the Indian reservation recording the stories and heritage of the Indians for the Bureau of Ethnology. Connie and Thomas are also going to prove that her parents are not responsible for inciting the natives into war and providing them with illegal guns and whiskey. Connie is shocked that the government believes her missionary parents could do such a thing. Clint Singleton, the government agent, is taken with Connie beauty and spends time getting reacquainted with her. When Connie was fifteen, she had a terrible crush on Clint. She is no longer sure of her feelings especially as she spends time working with Tom. Tension on the reservation is mounting. One incident could be the spark to ignite a war. Connie and Tom need to work quickly if they are to find who is behind the uprising and clear her parents of suspicion.
Forever by Your Side by Tracie Peterson is the 3rd novel in Willamette Brides series. While this book can be read on its own, I recommend reading the series in order. There is a mystery that runs throughout the trilogy that gets resolved in Forever by Your Side. I thought Forever by Your Side was well-written with developed characters. The author provided word imagery that brings the scenery and people alive. I can tell that Tracie Peterson did her research for this series and I appreciated the Author’s Note at the end. Connie Browning is a smart, independent woman who has been living with her aunt and uncle in Washington, D.C. for the last seven years. Her parents have been missionaries to the Native Americans for many years and now they are being accused of inciting war and providing the natives with weapons and whiskey. Connie is using her new job with the Smithsonian Institute’s Bureau of Ethnology as a cover. Her work partner and friend, Tom Lowell is going to help her prove her parent’s innocence. The characters from the first two novels (Nancy, Faith, Seth, Andrew, the boarding house ladies) are present along with the evil Mr. Smith. We get to finally learn who is the mastermind behind the violence and plan. How the Indians were treated was terrible and the atrocities are highlighted in this book. Christian themes are present throughout. I like how the author incorporated them into the story. Romance is not at the forefront of Forever by Your Side which I appreciate. It plays out softly in the background with a lovely ending. I like how the title was incorporated at the end. I enjoyed the mystery and adventure in the story. Forever by Your Side was a great conclusion to the Willamette Brides trilogy.
The Avid Reader