Title: The Way of Love (Willamette Brides #2)
Author: Tracie Peterson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: June 2, 2020
Publisher: Bethany House
Length: 320 Pages
About the Book:
Newly arrived in Portland to finish her studies as a doctor at Willamette University’s medical college, thirty-year-old Faith Kenner is glad to be near family again at her cousin Nancy’s boardinghouse. But the proximity is bittersweet, stirring up the desire for a family of her own–a longing that the secrets she harbors will never permit.
When she stumbles onto handsome riverboat captain Andrew Gratton, who has been injured defending a Native working on his ship, she surprises him by expertly tending his wound and praising his conviction. A fast friendship forms, but Faith is careful to quell her hopes for something more.
Instead, she joins her fellow students in putting together lectures to speak out against Oregon’s racist laws and policies–actions that garner the dangerous attention of powerful men who have other plans for their state. Soon Faith is caught in the middle of a plot to push the local Indian tribes to rebel, and her family is threatened. Will the harm these men intend be her undoing, or is it simply the mysterious path God has her on to bring the truth–and her heart’s desires–to light?
I appreciate that I can know that every time I open a Tracie Peterson book I can expect to be taken back into history and learn something new. She does a wonderful job of weaving real history into fictional families. I was really excited to jump into this one because I wanted to know how Faith’s life had turned out. She was just a little girl when the Heart of the Frontier series ended and she was a character that my heart had truly gone out to. I was glad to see that she had made something of herself and that she was using her life to help people. There were a lot of likes a far as content went, but I have to also admit that the storyline itself needed more for me. I needed more suspense to help keep the pages turning. There were certainly events that had action, but they would have been stronger elements if they were built up to more. I struggled to get pulled-in and feel like I was living in the story. I also admit that because of COVID-19 and quarantine it’s been more difficult for me to get sucked into books and that may be reflected in some of this as well. I’m still glad I was able to jump back into history again to see how things worked out for Faith. I’m still planning on reading the next book in the series and I’m curious to see how it will all conclude.
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.