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Hearts Aglow (Striking a Match #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  858 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Adventure and romance in 1880s Texas; when a young woman feels her dreams are thwarted at every turn, can she find her heart's desire?
ebook, 464 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 04, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I am going through a finicky phase or something because I am a big fan of Tracie Peterson’s books and of all the books of hers I have read, I have always loved them from beginning to end. For some reason I had a lot of trouble getting into Hearts Aglow. I think it may be the fact that I had not read the first book in the series, Embers of Love. I think it may also have something to do with me not liking the way the book started. It was such a violent and unpleasant way to start a book an ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 15, 2011 Crazyreadingma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not read a Tracie Peterson book I didn't like and I wanted to read this one because it
was the 2nd one in this series. Tracie is my favorite author and I get excited whenever I find
another one and I especially like the ones in series because I get involved with the characters
and can't wait to continue the story in another book. This particular one had some new surprises
and an unusual ending making me wonder if there will be a 3rd one. This book is for anyone who enjoys
historical fiction of
Apr 08, 2014 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tracie Peterson's 2nd novel in the series "Striking a Match" sure packed a lot into 348 pages. We are introduced to the White Hand of God, a masked white supremecy group who killed two of the Vandermark family's black workers, citing Scripture as their reason. Deborah is openly expressing her desire to become a doctor, and receiving criticism based on her status as a woman. Stuart from the first novel is being his evil self, and Mother Vandermark finds herself pursued by two different men seekin ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a continuation of a series, so picking up this book before reading the first one would probably not be very helpful.

This book was incredibly well written. I loved how I can see the characters struggles, rather then just turning the page and they're fixed. Because this book is Christian, it does mention God several times throughout the whole book. But thankfully, in a non-preachy way. Almost as though you would be walking through church or something and overheard a conversation between fr
Mar 29, 2011 IrenesBookReviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually enjoy Tracie Peterson’s books. Maybe I should have read the first book in this series (Striking A Match) because this book was like picking up a book and only reading the middle chapters!

This second book in the series starts out with a murder. It felt like the murder was just there to get the book started because once you got past those few pages the book just crawls along. There are a few moments of action like when a strong storm comes through the area. Even the storm though is talke
Margaret Chind
The first book in this Striking a Match Series Embers of Love was a good Tracie Peterson read. It was a different narrative voice than what I am used to with her but I take that with it being in Texas as opposed to Montana, Pennsylvania or Alaska. However this second book in the series Hearts Aglow is purely dreadful. I do not read Tracie Peterson's contemporary novels because every one that I have tried was pathetically depressing such as A Slender Thread. The last series that I read from her w ...more
Regina Spiker
For book lovers of historical and inspirational romance…

I recently reviewed the first book in this series, Embers of Love, set in the 1880s. The story of the main character, Deborah Vandermark continues with a brutal attack on Sissy - once a slave and now friend of the Vandermark family - and her husband and son. Tension still run deep in this small logging Texan town, not so many years after the War Between the States. With that, hurricanes, arsonists, family responsibilities, and old adversari
Peterson continues the story of Deborarh Vandermark who falls in love with Dr. Christopher Clayton, but not without stumbling blocks along the way. In the brief moment she tries to comfort Christopher, two gossips find them embracing- a society no-no. The doctor's assistant strongly dislikes Deborah and thinks it inappropriate for her to want to be a doctor. And then Christopher leaves, feeling obligated to bail his family out. Will he come back?
The story starts with a horrible hanging done b
Peterson is one of those Christian fiction authors who doesn't shy away from the fact that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and there is always the option of epic failure/mistake in life. It's part of what makes her books more realistic than some others. At the same time, I was not expecting the level of -- realism? exposure? raw human "mistake-hood"? -- that would meet me, early on and throughout Hearts Aglow. I was startled. Surprised.

I've found myself personally involved with the s
Eh...What I like about this book is that it corresponds well with its previous sequel. The characters don't change, the story is kept up with the last book, and the morals are all the same. I admit that this book is an easy read...there's no hard vocabulary and the sentence structures are very plain and simple. It's good in a way, but I dare say that it could be almost boring. However, I am fond of the morals of this story and the Christian theme that is prevalent in this series. I love how the ...more
Nancy Knox
wasn't one of my favorite.It seemed to jump around too much with the religious and racial. issues then back to the story. That interrupted the flow of a good story. I understand it was a part of the story but maybe just a bit too much at a time.
i must admit that the second book in this series was much better than the first one. the relationship between the main character and her beau was more developed although i think it could allow for more focus.I really didn't experience falling in this deep love that was written of the main character. I was thinking to myself when did this romance get so serious? did i miss the build up?
Lots of rushed romances in this book were more annoying instead of relevant. for instance Deborah's (main char
Mar 02, 2012 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition more book left in this series and I will finish it but I had a hard time getting through this one. It starts off in such a powerful way but then I felt let down as the story progressed and nothing was ever done about what happened. And then the love story between Christopher and Deborah is now just starting to feel that it is being drug out too long. I was really disappointed because I like the writing and growing up in East Texas myself so much of the setting is so familiar to me, I ...more
the series gets better. I really enjoying this series. characters are great. love how they try and find what lesson they are being taught. they go through all as a family. on to book hope rekindled
Aug 24, 2013 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great sequel to the first book, Embers of Love, and though the novel came to a conclusion, it still left me wanting more which will come about in the way of the third installment in the trilogy.

Deborah and Christopher's love is growing, but his secrets might turn one of them from the other, and Deborah's great admirer, Mr. Wythe is back in town! Then to add to the suspense racial hate is wreaking havoc on their small town. Horrifying deaths, beatings, and vandalism. And on top of tha
Stacey Head
Mar 08, 2016 Stacey Head rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching story

I can't seem to get enough of these books. This will be one of those series I can read over and over again without getting tired :-)
Some good sermonettes in here, but sometimes the plot needs to go on. There were times it seemed to stall out, but then it would pick up again.
Jun 25, 2015 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Didnt care for the book. Just couldn't get into it.
Very good. I didn't want to put it down.
May 21, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I absolutely love all of the books that I have read by Tracie Peterson and when I started reading this series I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. "Hearts Aglow" is the second book in the "Striking A Match" series. The first book "Embers Of Love" must be read first because these books are a continuing story . Tracie Peterson is one of the best Christian fiction authors ( if not the best) and she is my favorite author. I totally recommend "Embers Of Love" & "Hearts Aglow" and I would be very mu ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Tiffany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
See review for Embers of Love.
Dec 16, 2014 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good 2nd book in series. Can't wait for the third.
Nancy Carr
Good message. Taking on issues that give new persepectives. Good read.
Another great historical fiction book by Tracie Peterson. The novel Hearts Aglow continues the saga of Deborah Vandermark and her family. In this novel, Peterson delves further into the racial injustices the African-American people suffered in the late 1800's in Texas. Once again, she weaves Christian values and beliefs into the plot in a very meaningful way. I thought this novel was even better than the 1st novel in the Strike a Match series.
Sep 28, 2011 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
In Hearts Aglow, Deborah Vandermark and Dr. Christopher Clayton continue their working relationship—he is teaching her to be a doctor—as well as their courtship. But most people in the town of Perkinsville, Texas, in the 1880’s do not take kindly to the idea of a female physician, especially one who is courting her teacher.

Read my complete review here: http://shoopettesbookreviews.blogspot...
Stacy R
Dec 20, 2011 Stacy R rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I was very much looking forward to the second in this series. The characters are endearing and interesting. However I ended up stopping this book due to the graphic emphasis on the KKK and their torture (and two murders) of a secondary characters' family. I couldn't get past that storyline. I know it's historical and is a huge scar in American was just not something I care to read about in a leisure book. Sorry, Tracie!
The book had valid points and was well meaning but I had a hard time getting into the story. I have read other books by Tracie Peterson that were sequels but there was a different main character in each story (like a sibling). But to find out that isn't the case with this story I was a little disappointed.

The book was a clean read and there was nothing really wrong with it I just couldn't get into it.
Lucy Bilik
Oct 24, 2011 Lucy Bilik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read the 1st book in series of 3, however it was a great break for me from daily childcare. It is set in Late 1800s when women and blacks did not have many/any rights - so with it you learn a bit of history as well. Not a light read with a happy ending but the one that really makes you think and appreciate freedoms and comforts that we have in our times.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 25, 2015 08:38AM  
  • Hidden Affections (Hearts Along The River #3)
  • A Hope Beyond (Ribbons of Steel, #2)
  • A Heart for Home (Home to Blessing, #3)
  • The Courtship
  • The Carousel Painter
  • From Across the Ancient Waters (The Green Hills of Snowdonia, #1)
  • The Captive Heart (Daughters of Caleb Bender, #2)
  • How Do I Love Thee? (Ladies of History #4)
  • Serendipity (Only in Gooding, #5)
  • English Ivy (English Ivy #1)
  • A Most Unsuitable Match
Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
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Other Books in the Series

Striking a Match (3 books)
  • Embers of Love (Striking a Match, #1)
  • Hope Rekindled (Striking a Match, #3)

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