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Land of My Heart (Heirs of Montana #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,374 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Book 1 of Heirs of Montana from bestselling author Tracie Peterson. Adventurers, families, outlaws...all driven west in the 1860s by a longing for endless blue sky along with wild and wide-open spaces. Tracie Peterson, from her own Montana home, paints an unforgettable portrait of this rich, rugged landscape, populated by strong and spirited characters. When Dianne Chadwic ...more
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Published February 1st 2004 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Virginia Campbell
"Land of My Heart", by Tracie Peterson, begins in the Spring of 1864, in New Madrid, Missouri. Dianne Chadwick's family is much affected by the ongoing War Between the States. Her father, Ephraim, a store owner, does business with the entrenched Union Army, much to the outrage of the many loyal Confederate sympathizers in the town. There is much unease and lawlessness due to the continued conflicts and losses from the war. When Ephraim is killed in the crossfire of a shoot-out in front of his st ...more
Jul 19, 2008 Elaine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elaine by: A very good friend from Iowa
In many ways this book annoyed me, but there were certain bits which I did enjoy. I'm not a big fan of Christian fiction, but this was suggested by a friend so I decided to read it.

Things I did not like: 1). The narration tended to drag on and got sort of boring so that you wanted to skip ahead. The main character would be musing about something that she had already thought about at length. 2). It was also kind of preachy, like all Christian fiction I suppose. If I didn't think about it, it wa
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My apologies but I really struggled through this whole book. I kept wondering whether I should just stop reading but I kept on and finally finished this book. I think the biggest problem for me was that I really did not like any of the characters. This book took something like ten hours to listen to and that is a darn long time to listen to a story about people you cannot connect with. There were also things they did or said that I felt were stilted, illogical, or strange for a charac
This is a Christian Historical Fiction. This book is a 3 part series. I realy enjoyed this book mostly because ther is no fowl language and it has a wholesome story line. The book is about a journey across the west to Montana around the time of the civil war. A family trying to escape to a place where they can live after the death of the Father. It kept my attention and I enjoyed the excitement of picking the book up to begin reading again. If you like books about the west, cowboys, Indians you ...more
Joy Gerbode
This is a fairly good series that begins during the Civil War and continues through many years in America's early west. Set in Montana, it interested me because I grew up there, not far from where this story takes place. It also was relevant as I'm currently studying this period of American history, and it incorporated real events into this fictional story. I'm eager for the series to unfold ...
Donia Hunter
This is Christian Fiction, which is frequently written at an 8th grade level so I don't expect it to be too weighty but Tracie Peterson missed the mark with Land of My Heart. Wagon Train stories are usually pretty digestible if you like that genre which I do, but Ms. Peterson didn't make the effort to develop any of her characters well. In this novel the reader can't identify with any of the characters which makes it difficult to care about the story. There isn't a character who makes a normal d ...more
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Lisa C.
The good: The slow building romance between Cole and Dianne was nice and I really enjoyed the fact Dianne was a strong, willing-to-work female. Personally, I liked the religious aspect of it and how they turned to God but I could definitely see how some could call it preachy.

The not so good: so much misery and pain. I realize it was not a bed of roses journeying west but enough already. Too many descriptions made the story drag and I nearly stopped reading it several times. Too many things left
Sep 12, 2014 Grace rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes historical fiction
Shelves: tracie-peterson
I enjoyed this book and plan to read the others in this series. It is a story that tells of the tears and triumph experienced through love and loss.
Feb 24, 2012 Linda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: maybe
Dianne Chadwick is a capable and efficient 16 year old and she helps her father in their town store alot because her elder brother doesn't enjoy being inside. Her older brother, Trenton, doesn't enjoy book learning or reading so she runs errand for his father and prefers to be out and about. The 3 older boys carry no interest in their store and like many boys their age crave adventure and the wild outdoors. So one afternoon her brothers being no where around to run to the bank for Mr Chadwick he ...more
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Shellie Nicholson
This story was interesting and well written. I was able to connect with a characters only a little bit, and I'm afraid I had a hard time finishing the book. There were very interesting parts, and you wonder what will happen to the heroine. I just had to push through it, and I prefer my readings to keep me wanting more. I kind of just wanted to see what happened and it be over.
Enjoyed reading this book. I found the description of how this family lived through their trek across the country to be most interesting. I wanted to slap the Mother, but really, I do understand that her upbringing shaped her life and she made no effort to grow beyond that... true of a lot of people...she was also a schemer and I could believe that. I liked that the book was mostly about decent people who did not feel the need to use foul language and altho, there were many feelings of anger at ...more
Book 1 of Heirs of Montana from bestselling author Tracie Peterson. Adventurers, families, outlaws...all driven west in the 1860s by a longing for endless blue sky along with wild and wide-open spaces. Tracie Peterson, from her own Montana home, paints an unforgettable portrait of this rich, rugged landscape, populated by strong and spirited characters. When Dianne Chadwick urges her family to move west to her uncle's ranch in the Montana Territory, she has no idea that her new life in the rugge ...more
Best series by Peterson ever! Loved how in depth she made each character , and how easy it was to fall in love with them and anticipate each chapter.When writing is THIS GOOD your ALWAYS happy to see series books to follow!
Zoe Schoppa
There seems to be a Christian fiction romance template and this book follows it perfectly. It is an enjoyable book if you just need a little escapism, but the story is not different than any of her other books, or the large number of books by other authors in this same genre, just the names and locations, and period of time are varied. I read this type of book very rarely because honestly they are quite boring after awhile. Sooo...I guess I am taking my angst out on a specific genre on this one ...more
I have enjoyed several of Tracie Peterson's other books, so when I saw this one for free, I jumped at the chance.

romance. suspense. independent women. wagon train west in the 1860's. cowboys. Indians. faith. loss of family. racial tensions. wrong choices and consequences. All themes I love.

I loved the way Diane stood her ground when she felt something was wrong. She said her piece, then prayed.

I will get the sequel. I love the way TP always makes me care about the characters, like they are rea
Anxious to read Book 2

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and others written by this author. I look forward to reading the next book of this series.
Land of my heart at times was a hard book to get through. It's about a family in the late 1800's that take a wagon train from New Madrid Missouri to Montana Territory to live with there Uncle to get away from the civil war that is taking place. Life on the trail ends up being nothing like they expected it to be. There is a lot of really heard times for the family. Things happened that show you just how hard life was for people that traveled on wagon trains.

If you stick with reading the book it e
fell in love with the strength of this character in her passage across the country. I gobbled the entire series about the strength or a woman in a man's world
Leah Madsen
It was okay. The beginning was really good with all the trials of going West. I didn't like how Trenton's storyline is so "to be continued". The end needed a lot of work as everything was wound up too quickly. You have all this action and drama 80% of the way, along with it moving at a steady pace, only to have everything speed up at the end and be resolved. Unsettled in my feelings for it. I did like how she presented the main character, dealing with the issues of slavery and anglo-Indian relat ...more
I loved reading this book from this author. She made everything come to life - I felt like I was on that wagon train and experiencing the hardship and heartache of moving to a new place. The descriptions of Montana left me wanting to go there and see the wide open plains and blue sky. I can't believe how many things Dianne had to experience. I loved the way she stood her ground when she felt something was wrong. This book didn't have the fairy tale where everything works out fine. There are time ...more
Carrie Daws
A gentle story of life, love and loss--but not devoid of action. I felt for the main character, grieving with her as life threw one punch after another, and cheered for her as she found the strength to get up and continue on. The spiritual struggle was realistic, her doubts, fears and concerns genuine. Tracie Peterson not only does a great job with setting up a great story around the heroine and bringing the book to a satisfying close, she sets up the other characters very well, definitely entic ...more
Love the truth about human nature and or weaknesses but in spite of it all God loves us. The historical setting and beauty of nature are written so vividly that you go on an incredible life changing journey.
I did not particually like this book overall.

I did like reading through the struggles the family endured, but felt the book dragged on for too long. I think the author could have gotten her point across without putting the main character through so many deaths. I also did not feel the romantic attachment and do not see why the two even liked each other, other than they share love of the land. I think the uncle had a great idea of courting for a year so they could get to know each other.

I did lik
Wonderful storyline. Made continue and read the entire series.
Well done. An adventure worth reading, wishing there was a sequel!
Kirsten Scher
Loved this book and the characters could not put it down.
Leanne Aurelio
This was one of the longest novels that I’ve read. Along with Somewhere to Belong. Both was published by Bethany House but I can’t find it anywhere in Book Sale. :( I love their publishing. The text is small but it’s challenging to read and it just suits my eyes. Unfortunately, I can’t find the other books in the shop anymore. :(
There was a sale at National Book Store that time so I searched for books again. Land of my Heart is a very interesting story. It’s tragic and I didn’t expect that but i
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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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