A Love Discovered by Tracie Peterson Book Review

a love discovered by tracie peterson book review

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A Love Discovered by Tracie Peterson is a faith-filled story of learning to trust God and overcoming harsh circumstances in the 1860s wild west.


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A Love Discovered

Author: Tracie Peterson

Pub. Date: Mar. 5, 2024

Series: The Heart of Cheyenne book 1

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Pages: 304

Rating: 3.5 stars

Spice: none

Content Warnings: death, blood, murder, & birthing scene 


Invited by a friend to trek west and help establish the newly formed town of Cheyenne, Edward Vogel is prepared to leave the painful memories of his wife and son’s deaths behind him. The only problem is the corrupt new railroad town wants family men who can establish law and order, so Edward approaches his friend Marybeth with a proposition of marriage.
After her father’s death leaves her with no means of support, Marybeth Kruger is in danger of having her two-year-old half sister taken from her. So when Edward Vogel, the widower husband of her late best friend, offers her a marriage of convenience, she has no choice but to accept.
Life in Cheyenne is fraught with danger, but will this arrangement be enough to save Edward and Marybeth from the pasts they attempted to escape? Or will life with each other put them–and their hearts–in more danger than ever?


Book Review

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for this ARC and gifted book of A Love Discovered by Tracie Peterson. All opinions are my own.

This was my first Tracie Peterson book, and I wasn’t sure what to expect since I know she’s a popular Christian historical fiction author.



I loved how she weaved Christian faith elements throughout the story naturally. It didn’t feel preachy, and I loved seeing the characters grow in their faith.

Another aspect I loved was the friendships formed throughout the story. These characters experienced so many difficult circumstances, so it was nice to see them come together to encourage and be there for one another.

The relationship between the two main characters was beautiful, and I love how they learned to communicate with each other and build each other up. It was nice to get both of their perspectives in the story as well as a third point of view from some side characters.

I do feel like the pacing was a bit slow at times, but then it was a lot faster near the end. One of the most unsatisfying things about the story was the ending. I can see how some readers will really like it, but that ending hurt me and felt unnecessary.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I would recommend this story to those who love slow burn historical fiction stories with strong faith elements.


Where to Read & Purchase

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