Touching the Sky by Tracie Peterson

“Her heTouching the Skyart is caught between the man she loves and the sister she’s desperate to protect… Thought their first encounter is hardly auspicious, Laura Marquardt soon discovers herself drawn to the dashing Captain Brandon Reid. As an officer over the colored troops, he eagerly supports her desire to educate blacks and seek harmony in a town where the defeat of the South is a bitter reality. When Laura’s sister marries her Confederate beau, Laura finds herself in a difficult situation after overhearing a discussion with frightening consequences. In her heart she feels she should confide in Brandon, but Laura fears to do so many endanger her sister’s life…”

The second novel in Tracie Peterson’s trilogy, Land of the Lone Star, will not disappoint its readers. Unlike the first novel, this one seems to possess more tension. Towards the end of the novel, at the big finale, one can only guess what the ending will bring. Some books tend to give away the ending before the end, or are very easy to guess at, but this one is the opposite. I feel as though the author could have gone either way with the ending, that’s how unpredictable it was. Even though this is a fiction novel I found myself despising Malcolm Lowe and his actions. I can honestly say he got what he deserved in the end. One important lesson I learned in this novel was that, no matter how close or distant your relationship is with God, He will always be there for you. All you have to do is call out to Him. It’s a great reminder for us. Sometimes we tend to absorb ourselves with our lives and the outside world that we forget about Him. Only until we need something to do we call out for His help. Then we are prone to feel guilty about having ignored Him until that moment. Even when we drift away a little, He is always there ready to welcome us back home. All we have to do is call out it Him.  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” ~ Romans 10:13.

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