Steadfast Heart , by Tracie Peterson, is the first book in the Brides of Seattle series. Set on the West Coast in the late 1800s, the story revolves around a number of main characters who are sorting out matters of the heart while figuring out how to maneuver through the world of being an adult.
The book was a quick read, and fits firmly into the historical romance category. The two main characters, Lenore and Kolbein, meet and fall in love at first site, and the book follows several twists and turns in their journey through courtship together. There are a handful of other important characters who narrate the story, and clearly some will be leading characters in future books in the series.
Overall, I found the book to be enjoyable, but lacking depth. The characters where decently developed, but since the story was told from a number of viewpoints, identifying with a single main character was difficult. Furthermore, some major plot lines were skated over, leaving parts of the book feeling anti-climactic. There also seemed to be one or two pointless story lines, but since this is a series, they might be developed in future books.
However, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance. It was an engaging story, and I didn’t want to put the book down. I have read a number of Tracie Peterson’s books before, so I was familiar with her style and voice. That being said, if someone is looking for a deep novel, this book is not for you. It’s a light read that will put a smile on your face and warm your heart with a fairytale ending. And it will leaving you looking forward to future books in the series, since many questions are left unanswered in the first book of the Brides of Seattle series.
I received a free copy of Steadfast Heart from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.