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Friday, June 1, 2012

Book Review: Chasing The Sun

I recently finished reading Tracie Peterson's book "Chasing the Sun."  It is a historical fiction, set in the time of the Civil War.  I enjoyed reading the book, and had a hard time putting it down.  It is a story of a young woman (Hannah) who moves with her father and half siblings from Mississippi to Texas. Hannah doesn't want to move, but she is a good Christian girl who obeys her father's wishes and loves her younger siblings.
As the story progresses, we learn that Hannah and her family have been given land that belongs to a young man (William), who left to fight for the North.  William didn't want to fight either, but obeyed his father's wishes.
There are many twists and turns in the story and just enough of a love interest to keep me turning pages.  Lies are told, there is a murder that is revealed, true friends and allies turn up in very unexpected places.  Hannah is a very interesting character--she is strong willed, honest, and open-minded to see people for who they are (not for what others say they are).  William, too, is a very likeable character.  He is hard-working, honest, and respectful.
If you are looking for a light book that will keep the pages turning and leave you feeling good about humanity, then I recommend this book.  The romance in the book is subdued and very appropriate for the era.

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