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Touching the Sky By: Tracie Peterson

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Romantic Adventure from Tracie Peterson
When Laura Marquardt first meets Brandon Reid, their encounter is anything but pleasant. But when the two are seated together at a dinner party, they soon find that they share similar interests--Laura desires to educate blacks, and Brandon, as a white officer over colored troops, eagerly supports her cause.
When Laura's sister, Carissa, marries her Confederate beau, Laura finds herself in a difficult situation when she overhears plots to kill Union soldiers. Though in her heart she feels she should share this information with Brandon, Laura fears she will betray her sister's trust and possibly endanger her sister's life. And when Brandon's motives for pursuing her come into question, her heart is even more conflicted. Where is God leading her?

Goodreads Summary

Peterson’s writing conveyed the protective but frustrating relationship between sisters, Laura and Carissa Marquardt.  Constant jabbing reminders of Laura’s unengaged, single state made me want to bop flirty Carissa.  Laura’s independence, maturity, and pride in family and country made her an interesting, likeable character for me.  Contrasting Carissa’s rush into marriage with a man she hardly knew…with the slow friendship/courtship of Laura and Brandon Reid was a great way to show how a true relationship can be built on trust, attraction, and honesty.  Even Brandon’s worry that Laura will think he used her to spy on Carissa’s husband, Confederate Malcolm, for the Union army… seemed pretty low key.  Brandon’s family’s participation in the Underground Railroad added to Laura’s attraction to him.  She has a similar interest in helping the freed slaves– when she starts to teach reading to Esther and her sons.  Touching the sky!
This glimpse of post-Civil War Texas and the conflicting allegiances of its citizens create an interesting setting with some opinionated characters.  The attraction between Laura and Brandon builds slowly while action and excitement surround the devious activities of the returning Confederate soldiers.  Some of Malcolm’s anger at the North could be understandable, so Peterson does a great job of making the villain even more hateful - because of his abusive treatment of Carissa and his prejudice/intended cruelty toward Brandon’s “colored” troops.

Four Stars      

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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