Friday, February 20, 2015

"Steadfast Heart" by Tracy Peterson

About this book:

  “Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious despite her spoiled upbringing. Her deepest desire at the age of twenty is to find true love. However, her father believes she's wasted enough time searching for a suitable husband, and he wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--thirty-seven-year-old James Rybus. But the idea of marriage to a man so much older is out of the question for Lenore.
  Kolbein Booth, a lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.
  Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...”

Series: Book #1 in the “Brides of Seattle” series. {Book #2 & #3 will both be released by end of this year.}

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Many talks about God, praying and sins; ‘H’s are capital when talking about God; Mentions of Scriptures and a couple Scriptures are quoted; Mentions of bread & those in the Bible; Many times “God rest his soul” is said and then followed by an “Amen” when talking about those who have pasted; There is a bit of judging.
*Note: a “devilish”; mentions of “that Darwin man”.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘biddy’, a ‘shoddy’, a form of ‘shut up’ and a ‘stupid’; Mentions of drinking, drunks & smoking; Opium & Morphine is sold & mentioned; Mentions of Democrats & Republicans.

Sexual Content- two ‘hoyden’s; a not-detailed kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, four semi-detailed kisses; Staring & Noticing; Kolbein thought at first that the Bridal School is a brothel; Mentions of soiled doves (prostitutes); Priam is an evil man and plans to sell Oriental virgins to men (who would pay an outrageous sum) then sell them to a brothel (many talks and hints); Mentions of men who would take liberties; Love, love at first sight, & the emotions. 

-Lenore Fulcher
-Abrianna Cunningham
-Kolbein Booth
                                         P.O.V. switches between them, Wade, Priam & Aunt Miriam (once)
                                              Set in 1888
                                                        329 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-
(and a half)

My personal Rating-

{Really depends on the girl}

I have to be honest, while I really liked Abrianna, I felt a little jipped that there wasn’t many chapters in the back cover’s main characters (Lenore & Kolbein) P.O.V. I really liked Abrianna though, it was just a bit challenging to keep tract of the P.O.V.s. I obviously haven’t fallen in love, so I’m not quite sure what to think about Love at first glance. I can’t really comment on that. But here’s something I can comment on: Y’all know my heart is in China and I know that I’m probably overly sensitive to historical matters featuring Oriental people and opium (which is always, somehow, connected to China). I was very sad to read about Priam’s plan to sell virgins from China to the highest bidder—and that nothing was done to put a stop about it—none of the main characters even knew anything about it! Therefore, unless it affects the books later in this series, it could have been left out; which would have made my rating a lot higher.

See y’all on Monday with a new review! 

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House Publishers) for this review.


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    1. Hi Abby!
      I know you removed your comment, but I saw it so I though I would answer anyway! :) I put about the "Mentions of Democrats & Republicans" because I know parents who do not want their children to read about any politics besides what they as a family have talked about. Just a fair warning in my review. :)
      Have a wonderfully Blessed week!
      ~Lindsey Z.
      Owner of BFCG

  2. I've enjoyed some Tracie Peterson's past releases, but I've just been shying away from this one. Not sure I'd like the POV switches. Thanks for the review!

  3. The POV switches were not too hard, but the depth of the story was not quite there. The opium market and slavery was a huge part of that time period, and sadly, there was not much to be done about it. I believe that was why it was included. Some of the Asian countries are still some of the highest markets for these same things today. If you, even as a young woman, can be aware of them, saddened about them, you will be able to help others later.