Chasing The Sun by Tracie Peterson Bethany House ISBN 978-0-7642-0615-3

The year was 1863 and the place was Texas. Tracie Peterson’s historical novel opens with Hannah Dandridge being told by her father’s business partner, the lecherous Herbert Lockhart, that her father had been taken prisoner by the Union army. She does not understand the reason for this and as it turns out, there was no reason. Hannah’ s life had been full of sorrows. Her mother died when Hannah and her brother were young. Her father remarried and his second wife died while giving birth, leaving him with two young children. Grief stricken, he moved the family from Vicksburg, Mississippee to Texas. Her father made it clear to Hannah that she was to take care of her younger sister and brother. He even went so far as to end her engagement. The war took the lives of her brother, grandfather and her former fiancée. Now, five years after having left Vicksburg and with her father missing she became the sole caregiver of two young children. A year prior to his disappearance the family moved to the Barnett Ranch- a ranch that had been seized by the government because the Barnett men had joined the Union army. However, the one surviving Barnett was unaware of this and returned to the ranch to find Hannah and her family in residence. Added to all this, the Comanche were attacking the settlers.

The lives of Hannah, Lockhart, William Barnett and some members of the Comanche tribe intersect. Once Barnett returned to the ranch he went to the courts to try to get it back in his name. Hannah needed to find a way to take care of her sibling should they be forced to leave their home. Chasing The Sun is the story of their relationships . The author brings to life the cast of characters. Hannah was a strong woman with deep faith. William Barnett bore both physical and psychological scars of war. Lockhart had no redeeming characteristics and personified evil.

The author presents a vivid picture of how difficult life was during a difficult time in history. Through the words of the richly developed characters comes a story of survival, conviction, sacrifice, honor and love. I recommend reading this book.

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.

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