The Brides of Gallatin County series by Tracie Peterson




Summaries: After years spent following their father and his wanderlust, the three Gallatin sisters begin to fashion a life for themselves in the Montana wilds, operating a roadhouse at the crossroads of two stage lines. When their father is accidentally killed, however, the oldest sister, Gwen, reasons that she's cursed. Death seems to haunt her every step.

As the sisters work to maintain the roadhouse, an unexpected visitor arrives, sending Gwen into turmoil. Is he whom he claims to be? And can she dare to hope that love might again be hers?

All Beth Gallatin has really wanted out of life is to settle down in one town, with one man, and raise a family. But with her father's roaming ways, she's always been denied that dream; instead, she found solace in reading romantic books. With her father's passing, she can, for the first time, dare to claim the rugged Montana frontier as her home.

Lacy Gallatin, the youngest of the Gallatin sisters, is a woman with a mission: to find her father's killer. Haunted by the belief that she's failed him, Lacy is also battling a desire to have something more than just revenge, something she can't quite figure out.

My review: I really liked this series, but the third installment, A Dream to Call My Own blew the previous two books out of the water. So much happened, and so many difficult topics were handled with grace and wisdom that I finished the book feeling completely challenged and refreshed. The ending was satisfying, although not every story line was left in a perfect little bow. There are still some unresolved conflicts, which makes me wonder if Ms. Peterson is going to further the series. ;-D But even if she doesn't, that's great -- she did a wonderful job with Lacy's story! I am a Tracie Peterson fan. Don't ever let anyone tell ya different.

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