Item description for A Shelter of Hope (Westward Chronicles, Book 1) by Tracie Peterson...
Overview Jeffery O'Donnell is captivated by the mysterious Simone, who arrives at his office hoping to acquire a position as a Harvey Girl at the popular way-stops along the frontier rail line. Jeffery is torn however, when he suspects that Simone may harbor a disturbing secret.
Publishers Description Jeffery O'Donnell is captivated by the mysterious Simone, who arrives at his office hoping to acquire a position as a Harvey Girl at the popular way-stops along the frontier rail line. Jeffery is torn, however, when he suspects that Simone may harbor a disturbing secret. Westward Chronicles Book 1.
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.68" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
Series Westward Chronicles
Series Number 1
ISBN 0764200488 ISBN13 9780764200489
Availability 0 units.
More About Tracie Peterson
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 70 novels. She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. Tracie and her family live in Belgrade, Montana Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.
Tracie Peterson currently resides in the state of Missouri.
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Reviews - What do customers think about A Shelter of Hope (Westward Chronicles, Book 1)?
An Emotional Read!! Oct 16, 2005
Ms. Peterson has penned another truly inspirational read with her story "Shelter of Hope." This is really a story about never giving up no matter how severe the situation and always keeping faith, no matter how small it might be.
Simone Dumas knows nothing but heartache in her early years. Her mother and baby brother are killed by her father when they attempt to reach help from the abusive Louis Dumas. Simone, feeling as is her mother has turned her back on her and doesn't love her anymore turns her back first knowing in her heart that she will never see her alive again. She is right. Fast ward two years Simone is just entering womanhood, having learned how to deal with her father's rages. She is shocked when her father comes back to their cabin informing her that she has been sold along with the property to a man she doesn't know. Simone knows that she can't take anymore and wants a better life for herself. With daring she escapes and begins to forge a new path but not without the fear that her father will learn of her deceit.
Jeffery O'Donnell has no idea that the beautiful young girl that has made her way into his office is going to be his future. He is drawn to the sweet Simone, but can tell that she has secrets. She needs a job and has applied to become "A Harvey Girl." Jeffery takes a chance and hires Simone, as he needs respectable girls for many positions. Slowly Simone opens up and with the help of her friends Una and Rachel she begins to heal, add to that the growing attraction that she has for Jeffery, and his gentle patience Simone starts to believe in a happy ending. But, will her past creep up and ruin what she's managed to accomplish?
I knew the instant I read the "bet" (you just need to read the book) between Jeffery and Simone that their relationship was going to be special and romantic. The historical information regarding the "Harvey Girls" was interesting and a fun vehicle for this story. Ms. Peterson always manages to gift the reader with a truly emotional read. As a result I suggest that you find a quite corner to cozy up, have Kleenex ready, and be swept back to a place and time that no longer exists.
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romancejunkie Jun 19, 2003
I loved this book! I found myself on edge, wondering if she was going to be found. I love the romance and intrigue combination.
An Interesting Book Nov 5, 2001
This book was interesting. I have been fascinated with the Harvey Girls for a while, but haven't had the opportunity to read much about them (other than watching the Judy Garland movie). I liked the way that Ms. Peterson wove historical elements into her fictional landscape. The country was a different place in the late 1800s and I believe that this story illustrates that. Simone's father held dominion over her in everyway until he sold her--and even then, still controlled her life through fear of discovery. Only with the redeeming power of her confession to God, love of Jeffery can she take back her life--but first she has to learn not only to trust again, but to allow people to become close to her.
A good book and I am going to pick up book 2.
Unbelievable May 4, 2001
This story was ridiculous! Simone, the main character, could never exist in real life. She was way too perfect and innocent to have been abused her whole life. And she was far too logical about the reasons for her abuse as well. I was horribly disappointed in this book. Anyone who has experienced abuse as a child would know that Simone's scars would not be so readily healed, nor would she have reacted the way she did to the other characters in the story.
A Captivating Story Line Sep 8, 2000
I found this story very well written. I commend Tracie Peterson on her wonderful work! I can hardly wait to start reading the second book to this series. It was historical, romantic, mysterios, and heart-wrenching. The begining may bring you to tears but, the rest will put you on the edge of your seat. Simone escapes from her father whom is less than civil with her, and runs from the law. It's a murder mystery, and a well written Christian novel that taught me many things about my own Christianity. Go with Simone as she goes from Whyoming to Chicago to Topeka. Then becomes a Harvey Girl, while finding her true love and God. Happy Reading!