The House on Windridge by Tracie Peterson – Book Review

The House on Windridge  By Tracie Peterson

Published By  Barbour Publishing, Inc.  July  01, 2016

Genres:  Christian, Romance

Pages:  320

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Rediscover this classic romance from bestselling author Tracie Peterson. Jessica is alone in the world except for her infant son. She returns to the ranch where her life began, but Jessica doesn’t know whom she can trust. Will Windridge become the home she has always longed for, or will it be the scene of her final betrayal? Also included is a bonus historical prairie romance from author Joyce Livingston.

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Story Notes

This re-release of Tracie Peterson’s poignant story of a young woman who will finally experience the love that has been missing from every relationship in her life is a must read for fans of Peterson’s books of faith, family, and true, lasting love.

Although I have read many of Tracie Peterson’s books over the years, I have somehow missed this lovely story. Jessica Albright nee Gussop has returned to the home of her birth, bringing her 9 month old son, Ryan, with high hopes of welcome and a place to truly call “Home”. Those she encounters on her arrival will both offer hope of love and challenge her assumptions and beliefs about her past. Ms. Peterson created a complicated and well-scarred young character in Jessica Albright. Her fear of trusting anyone fully and the lack of love she has experienced until now make for a story that makes your heart laugh and cry over her journey to real trust. I enjoyed seeing how Jessica began the story with solid beliefs of her father (Joseph Gussop) never loving or wanting her, that she was the only one who could care for her son if she wanted his love, and that she could never find true love for herself and yet came out with so many blessings of friends, family, and the love of a good man. Ms. Peterson also created a wonderful hero in Devon Carter, foreman of Windridge Ranch,  who worked many years for Joseph Gussop and became like the son Joseph never had. Knowing how much Joseph wanted the ranch to be a successful inheritance for Jessica, Devon has worked hard to keep the ranch going in spite of several big setbacks and problems.  Devon’s easy forgiveness of Jessica’s rudeness and  his willingness to help her find a way to return the ranch to its better days make him the man she needs to show her how to trust others and accept their love. Additionally, Ms. Peterson’s  way of having Jessica, Kate and others handle the vengeful gossip of a bitter neighbor with grace and gentle correction reminded me of how a Christian should react to an accusation of character. Buck and Kate Marcus provide good supporting characters for Jessica and Devon, gently questioning and rebuking where misconceptions run rampant and showing everyone true friendship. I loved the words Kate spoke to Jessica when she was afraid to entrust the care of Ryan to Kate when he had the measles – “Don’t let fear be the glue that binds your relationship with Ryan. Fear is a poor substitute for love”. That is a thought provoking idea for me – how do I let those I love the most be cared for and loved by someone other than myself when I am unable to see to their needs? I really found myself considering how I would react to the situations that Jessica faced and that always means I will appreciate the story that is being told. By resolving all issues raised and helping each of the characters face their trust issues and fear of rejection, Ms. Peterson ensured that I would not only love this story but look forward to adding it to my collection sometime in the near future.

There was a bonus story included with the e-book that I was sent called Lucy’s Quilt by Joyce Livingston. I was not asked to review this story but will say that it was a good story. It went well with the themes of forgiveness, trust and love that Tracie Peterson had in her book. I am always interested in seeing how an author will handle the idea of a marriage of convenience and Joyce Livingston created a story of depth that requires a reader to see that marriage of choice can become marriage of love if the persons involved are willing to work together towards that end.It was an unexpected read that I enjoyed immensely !

This e-book was provided to me at no cost by Barbour Publishing, Inc. through Net Galley for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company  for this review.

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