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Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska #1)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  2,744 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Newly widowed Lydia Gray discovers that through an unforeseen fluke, she is the sole recipient of her husband's fortune. But instead of granting her security, it only causes strife as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves. Lydia, longing to put the memories of her painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt. ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 20th 2009 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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TJ
The thing that stood out for me in this book was the author's beautiful writing style. The storyline caught the readers attention immediately, then held it rapt through all the twists and turns of the plot while keeping an almost lyrical feel to the words being written. The only downside was some of those twists and turns were a little beyond the fray of even suspended belief.(view spoiler) ...more
K
I had to really think about what rating this book should get. The first fifty pages and the last 75 to 100 pages were decently written, worth at least a three but the rest of the book was boring and one dimensional. The plot itself was sort of interesting, while not a mystery, since you knew whodunit, the bad guys were so malicious you just had to find out how bad they would really be but in the safety of a Christian novel where everything always turns out just fine. That to me is at least worth ...more
Jen
Ok, please excuse me if you love these, but ick! The main character is married off at 16 to a much older abusive man, who had murdered his first wife. She ends up inheriting all the family money, the grown kids hate her, she secretly moves to Alaska, finds out she's pregnant, has the kid, falls in love, gets married, gets shot, kid gets stolen by the evil stepson , she has amnesia, her sister-in-law brings the kid back. Through it all there are platitudes about how you have to put your faith in ...more
Lydia Presley
So, here's the deal. If you like Janette Oke-type books, you will probably enjoy this one. However, it is a bit darker and deals with some heavier issues.

This is my beef with these types of books. If you are going to do something like this, make it somewhat believable. Don't tell me things like the main character slept through all of her first labor, or that she, through a knock on her head, has no idea that she birthed a child mere weeks before. There are tell-tale signs of this and surely you
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Virginia
I really enjoyed reading this!! Oh my goodness! This was the best book that I've read in a long time! I had been reading other books and it was like, "okay I read it,NEXT"! You know what I mean? The storyline of Dawn's Prelude really entranced me from the beginning and I knew I had to finish reading this one. Also this is probably the first book that I've read that was solely by Tracie Peterson if I'm correct. I've read some books that were written by Tracie Peterson and other co-authors. I was ...more
Camille
Let me start out by saying 5 out of 5 stars!!!!

I absolutely loved this book, it truly exceeded my expectations!

But first, let me start with a summary.

The book is set in the late 1800s and begins shortly after the death of Lydia Gray's husband. She is young, only 28, and now a widow with several stepchildren who have never liked her. In fact, not only did her husband beat and abuse her, her stepchildren have made it their personal mission to make her suffer as much as possible.

Lydia now is forced
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Shari Larsen
When 28 year old Lydia Gray's husband passes away unexpectedly in the fall of 1870, instead of grieving, she is relieved to finally be free of her abusive husband of 12 years. Wanting to put the past firmly behind her, she leaves Missouri to make a new life for herself in Sitka, Alaska, with her aunt. As she gets to know Kjell Lindquist, she finds herself slowly opening up to the idea of love and a future with him, but she finds the peace she has longed for cruelly shattered when her past catche ...more
Suzanne
Lydia's husband died in an accident and even though she's relieved he can no longer bully her there are new problems caused by his death. It's the end of the nineteenth century and women don't have much to say yet. To everyone's surprise Lydia inherits a lot of money as she's the sole beneficiary of both her husband's and her father's fortune. Unfortunately her late husband's children don't want to accept this and they're trying to win back their father's money and assets via various lawsuits. L ...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
let me begin with a nice snobby opinion -- anyone who has written eighty adult-length books (and is not, say, 140 years old) is not generally going to write literature of much quality. so when i flipped this one open and saw the extensive title list of novels by this author, i set my sights a bit lower than usual.

LIKES: the historical settings, kansas city and the alaskan islands; the clean content; and that's about it...

DISLIKES:
the cardboard cut-out characters;
the exaggeratedly evil ex-step
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Barbara
Tracie Peterson has a way of drawing the reader into the story. Some may say that this book is predictable. I think it's predictable only if you read a lot of novels. If you read a lot, you begin to know how an author thinks. Predictable isn't all that bad, either. I guessed how the story "might" go, but I had no idea how it would get there. There is some sense of satisfaction in being right when you predict the ending of a novel. This book has been on my shelf for months. I'm glad I finally pic ...more
Shauna
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Melinda Brasher
I read these sorts of books for the historical/frontier adventure and for the clean romance, not for the Christian messages. I therefore usually find them rather preachy and just put up with it. This book required a lot of putting up with. Even if I were more religious, I think the messages would be a lot more powerful if they were more subtle. It suffered a bit from repetition and lack of subtlety in other areas too, and from a few overused or unrealistic plot devices.

Otherwise, it was a pleasa
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Nancy
I enjoyed listening to the first part of the book, more than the last half. In the last half, the mean step son, goes to Alaska to find his step-mother. He hires two brother's to kill her, and kidnap the baby. It's in the middle of a terrible storm. Why would they risk the life of the baby, when the one hired brother is shooting a gun at the mom. How do they protect a new born baby in the middle of a storm. It's in the 1800's, so what does the brother do to feed this baby. He doesn't like being ...more
Kim
It has been a whole lot of years since I read this back when it first came out, yet I still can remember the plot without having to reread it, so you can definetly say this novel was memorable. This one had me turning the pages as it was an non stop emotional rollercoaster of plot twists, action, and suspense with romance thrown in an historical setting. I say suspense in not that it is a mystery who the extremely evil bad guys were, but suspense in how every new plot twist would be resolved and ...more
Kathleen Friesen
When an accident claims the lives of Lydia Gray’s father and her brutal husband, she hopes for a simpler, happier life. But the terms of the men’s wills place her in jeopardy at the hands of her greedy, evil stepsons, so she flees to Sitka, Alaska, where her aunt Zerelda lives. The trip is more difficult than expected, and when Lydia finally gets to Sitka, she faints into the arms of Kjell Bjorklund.
Dawn’s Prelude deals with harsh topics of abuse and terrible greed, and the grievous subject ove
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Gail Starr
One of the things I liked about this book was the fact that it gave me hope for our country. In 2015 our country is in trouble. So many politicians are evil, looking out for #1, getting rich from schemes and just plain being crooked. Well in the story in the late 1800's the author writes of evil people, politicians getting bought off, murder etc. Evil has been here since Adam and Eve, but there are also good people and that gives me hope.
Lydia Gray is the main character, she was married off to
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Stephanie
I really enjoyed Dawn’s Prelude, much as I’ve enjoyed Tracie Peterson’s other books. Historical fiction is fun to read and I know that the author had to put time in doing the research, which makes it more fun to read. Lydia’s story made me sad, forced to marry a much older man at a young age because it was good for her father’s business. Then the husband was abusive and her step-children hated her, it’s no wonder that when she had the chance to escape she took it.
Other reviewers have commented o
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Christine Meunier
A great read that nicely tied together at the end.

Loved the main character Lydia and really felt for her situation, particularly at the beginning in a loveless and abusive marriage. I was eagerly reading to find out if she indeed managed an escape - and one that was able to be kept hidden from her manipulative grown step children.

The characters in the town of Sitka, Alaska were interesting to learn about and it was easy to be endeared to Kjell. I hope the next book is about Evie, as the end of t
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Tausha
This one was an okay read for me. I felt it was kind of depressing, but ends happy. Lots of drama for poor Lydia, but glad she found peace and Kjell.
Jessica
I loved, loved this book. I was hooked from the first paragraph. I fell in love with Lydia, the main character who became widowed and surprisingly rich too. She moved to Alaska, where her only living blood relative lives. The turns and twists in this book kept me totally captivated, so much that my house fell apart in the two evenings I took to read it! You know your reading a good book when nothing else matters except to see what happens on the next page! This is the first book I have read from ...more
Deidre
Feb 22, 2010 Deidre rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is a beautiful story that is heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time.
Farrah
I'm a fan of historical fiction, and I thought this was a good read, although it did feel a little preachy at times. I felt sad for the main character, but did feel that the character development was a bit lacking, especially in the step-family (maybe it's naive/idealistic of me to think that people can't be THAT one-dimensionally cruel and evil). The author has a beautiful writing style, and I was definitely drawn in in the beginning, but the ending seemed very rushed. I would've liked to see s ...more
Miranda
Peterson has a beautiful writing style, and I alway enjoy her books, this one was no exception. Despite giving only 3 stars, I did enjoy it. My reluctance to award a higher rating comes more from the storyline and its lack of fluidity and consistency of content. The beginning was captivating, the middle...eh, the climax was well done, and the conclusion seemed a bit too neat considering how dark the rest of the story was. However, I am interested enough to try another in this series to see if Pe ...more
Marietta (Mari) Taylor
Amazing story of faith and endurance

Let me start by saying I do not usually read and enjoy historical fiction. This story, however, gripped me from the start and held me to the end.

Ms. Peterson does an excellent job at showing how destructive greed can be. Equally as well is the story told of how faith, no matter how young and new, can bring you through the worst and best of situations.

I enjoyed the characters, even the "bad guys". The character development was excellent in my opinion.

I plan t
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Deborah Andreasen
Intriguing and captivating until about 3/4 of the way through. Then things sort of leaped and bounded ahead and I wasn't sure what was going on until the end was suddenly upon me. I was sort of satisfied with the ending. It was mostly happily ever after, but the bad guys never got their comeuppance and I was and still am concerned about if they're a threat to the heroes and heroines.

Still worth reading though.

Clean Christian romance with no swearing or sexual content. Though there is implied v
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Rachel Brand
I know that Tracie Peterson is super popular in the Christian historical market, but until now I'd only read one short story written by her in a Christmas collection. This book has been languishing on my shelves for a couple of years now, and it made for a surprisingly quick read on a lazy Saturday afternoon and evening.

I wouldn't consider this a straight historical romance, as the romance between Lydia and Kjell was pretty slow and gentle, and kind of took the back-burner to the drama of Lydia
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Loraine
SUMMARY: Newly widowed Lydia Sellers discovers that through an unforeseen fluke, she is the sole recipient of her husband's fortune. But instead of granting her security, it only causes strife as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves. Lydia, longing to put the memories of her painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt.

Lydia's arrival in Sitka, however, brings two things she didn't expect. One is the acquaintance of Kjell Bjorklun
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Lori
Kansas City Missouri 1870 Lydia recently lost her husband and father in a freak accident. Lydia--despite the fact that she thought her husband hated her-- finds that all her husbands' fortune is left to her. Her adult stepchildren do not like this and battle to regain the fortune they believe belongs to them. Lydia wanted a new life and to escape the bad memories of the last few years, so she travels to Alaska to live with her Aunt Zerelda. Once in Alaska she meets Kjell Lindquist the local sawm ...more
Janna
Just about the time I start thinking, "Why did I get another historical fiction book?" I open up Tracie Peterson's new book "Dawn's Prelude" and get absolutely swept away in an amazing story! I totally loved this book! There is something for everyone (romance, adventure and a little suspense) and fans of historical fiction will add this book to their most loved shelf.

Lydia is a new widow who, sad to say, is not sorry to see her husband gone. He was very abusive and many years her senior... it wa
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Cassandra
Oh, let's see... On a personal note, it amuses me greatly to see such varied opinions on the same book.

I don't remember why I picked this up. It might have been on my to-read list because someone recommended it. The cover is really pretty, though most Christian historical novels are starting to look the same.

I read through this book quite quickly. The story was interesting - a bit of romance, a hint of mystery, and some self-discovery. For the story alone (or at least the first 3/4 of it), thi
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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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Song of Alaska (3 books)
  • Morning's Refrain (Song of Alaska, #2)
  • Twilight's Serenade (Song of Alaska, #3)
A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty, #1) A Daughter's Inheritance (The Broadmoor Legacy, #1) Land of My Heart (Heirs of Montana, #1) Embers of Love (Striking a Match, #1) A Lady of Hidden Intent (Ladies of Liberty, #2)

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