Steadfast Heart, a novel by Tracie Peterson, opens in Seattle in 1888. Lenore, a young woman of privilege, will soon learn that an older man whom she does not love wishes to court her. She believes that she should marry for love. Abrianna Cunningham and Lenore are best friends. Abrianna is concerned with other aspects of life. Her focus is on helping the needy in the most dangerous parts of the city much to the chagrin of those who love her. Rightfully so, they are concerned for her safety. On the surface, it appears Lenore and Abrianna may not have much in common, but theirs is a strong friendship. Looking for his runaway sister, attractive Kolbein Booth arrives in Seattle. He hopes to find her at the Madison Bridal School which is where Abrianna resides with her guardians. While he doesn’t find his sister there, he does meet Lenore and finds an ally in Abrianna who tries to help him in his quest.
The author brings to the reader an inviting story with believable characters. There is much to admire and love about Abrianna , but she is a handful. Lenore is a charming young woman with many admirable qualities who does find love with Kolbein. All she has to do is find a way to have him fall in love with her. Both women, together and separately, try to accomplish what they think is best. The secondary characters and the subplots add depth to the novel. Their fictional world becomes very real to the reader. This well told story mixes romance and mystery and leaves the reader wanting to read the next book in the series.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany Publishing and I give this review of my own free will.