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Breathe (The Homeward Trilogy #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,583 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
In 1883, a desperately ill Odessa St. Clair arrives at a Colorado sanitarium, seeking a cure for her consumption. When she witnesses a murder, Odessa struggles toward health to solve a mystery, and to live.
ebook, 300 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by David C Cook (first published June 1st 2009)
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Breathe was a decent story. But it wasn't great. It seemed to last a bit too long for me. I finished it and that means it didn't bore me to tears. There were situations where the author did a great job when it came to tension and showing abusive situations, and there were times when I was worried the characters would get hurt. But I didn't connect with them as much as I would have liked to. I did appreciate the realism when it came to romantic scenes including those after marriage. Those scenes ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading through The Homeward Trilogy series this month. Breathe is the first book in the trilogy, as well as the first book that I have read by this author. It will definitely not be my last!

Breathe was such an interesting and enjoyable story to read. I am excited that each sibling will get their own book in this trilogy. Although Odessa is the main character in Breathe, I loved that Moira and Dominic, her sister and brother, also have a lot of page time.

I have read a couple of other books
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Lisa Tawn Bergren quickly won my reader's heart with her amazing The River of Time Chronicles. How could I not resist trying out another story of hers that's full of engaging adventure and magnetic characters that draw you in from within the first page? Especially if it involves pioneer life in the 1880's. Cowboys and some Indians, (or Ute's as they call'em), horses and buggies, dirt roads, revolvers and gold mines. Lisa Bergren did not disappoint in creating a lively atmosphere, that's for sure ...more
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 15+
Shelves: favorites
"I am not usually fond of writing reviews for books, neither do I find myself being able to find the right words and emotions to express what I truly find on my journey's with the characters of each book. But with Waterfall I couldn't help but reveal my two cents." - AnnieRL

Not being a bookworm, nothing fit my categories. When I picked up Breathe, I couldn't put it down! Every word played through my mind with passion, fear and excitement.

Please take note that I will be including spoilers withi
SUMMARY: Embark on this western epic in Book 1 of the Homeward Trilogy

It's Colorado, 1883. A publishing heiress is on the brink of life.and death. Her beautiful, younger sister is called to the forbidden stage. Her brother and troubled guardian is raging inside. A veiled treasure map leads to a hidden silver mine while a threatening villain hovers in the shadows. And a hero is bent on saving his bride.


REVIEW: The title of this book has a double meaning. Odessa, suffering from consum
I liked other books by this author and the title of this series caught my attention. This is the first book and like her other series I had issues with the writing style, but the book was good and I tried not to let that bother me. The movement from one point in time to the next is not done well and the movement from one character to the next is not done well. There should be a chapter about one sister then and chapter about the other and the brother put in where he fit. There is just no rhyme o ...more
I got Breathe for free on my Kindle, and I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise. For a long time, I loved Christian historical fiction. In fact, it was my go-to genre when I was just looking for something to read. Then, something strange happened. I started to get frustrated with how often I could predict exactly what was going to happen in the novel - including what lessons God was going to teach them. Don't get me wrong, I love a good Christian novel, but I hate when the "Christianity ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learned something about Tuberculosis along the way!
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book - found for me by a Goodreads member.... Historical fiction, Christian romance and a mystery - all rolled into 1. Takes place in CO Springs which makes it even better. Cant' wait to read the next 2 books in the series.
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe this one was a free Kindle download. That said, it's a very nice find. Very nice.

First of all, the book is aptly titled. The heroine is a consumptive whose main goal in life is to be able to breathe easy again, and there is just something imperative in that single word — it's like a command to grab life by the neck and lungs, go forth, and take it all in. BREATHE. It's the 1880s, and for a consumptive to be able to do just that, she must go to a sanitarium in Colorado for treatment. Th
The Colorado frontier comes to life in this first book of Lisa T. Bergren's "Homeward Trilogy". Siblings Odessa, Dominic, and Moira come to Colorado Springs for the fresh mountain air, as Odessa suffers from the often-deadly consumption (now known as tuberculosis). Indeed, consumption has ravaged their family and they hope Colorado will provide a new start in more ways than one.

While all three of the St. Clair siblings share this story, "Breathe" focuses primarily on Odessa. Breathing is somethi
Brooke Barenfanger
Breathe is about Odessa St. Claire and her struggle to survive against the horrible disease that almost always means death—consumption. She travels from her home to the high mountains of Colorado, seeking a cure for what most think incurable. Strange things happen at the sanitarium, where she is one amidst many patients also sick with consumption. Will Dessa be able to figure it out in time to save her life and the life of the man she is falling in love with?

I have wanted to read a book by Lisa
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books, kindle
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Review on my blog (to be posted 8/7):

I've been a fan of Lisa Bergren's books ever since I read Waterfall (book one in the River of Time series) and Breathe, one of her older novels, was SO good!

I loved the characters! The book starts out great and I couldn't help but feel for Odessa and the St. Clairs right away! They were definitely all favorites of mine, along with Bryce.

The mystery in Breathe re
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: westerns, ebook-r
What I liked about this book was that it included a key element of what populated the West (1800's), people in pursuit of better health. Escaping Eastern cities filled with polution (the 20th century did not invent environmental abuse) and it's plagues of Consumption was very real. Often people traveled for days to reach better climates to heal and the fact that people often did get better is a testiment to how much clean air should be valued.

The book gave nearly equal time to the three sibling
Margaret Chind
Breathe is more than just a prairie romance, it is an edge of your seat page turning mystery. This book is deeper than most historical fiction books that you will find and it really makes you think. There is a darker side of things, but not too dark to survive without God on your side.

In this novel, instead of following one character with various side characters in the background, the reader really follows the three different St. Clair siblings on their individual adventures. Having one story c
Kristina Seleshanko
This is a pleasantly different Christian historical, full of characters with flaws and often unsteady faith. There is no sickening sweetness here; we have real characters - including a few truly evil ones - but the novel never steps into the arena of including evil or worldliness just for it's own sake. The main plot is that of a consumptive woman in the 1880s. ("Consumption" being the old word for TB.) As she recovers in an sanatorium in the clear Colorado air, she thinks she may have witnessed ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was not a "stay up all night" book for me but I was very drawn in to the lives of the characters. The romance of Bryce and Odessa was very solid and sweet. The villian was very evil and easily picked out from the beginning yet there was still a twist at the end. There were a few slow parts, but still a fun read. I am excited to see what happens to the spunky Moira or stubborn Dominique in the other books of this trilogy.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa is an amazing author. So glad I found her books. This first book set in Colorado was very good and draws you into the characters quickly. You need to read this book of the three first to gain insights needed in the other two. This book is satisfactory in itself but you want to find out what happens to Moira and dominic and finish their stories as well. There are many surprises and twists that make it hard to put the book down. Loved it.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free for nook. This is a Christian historical romance/ mystery. I enjoyed it enough that I decided to check out the sequels from the library. High praise indeed, just one step below actually buying the sequels. :)
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from Lisa Tawn Bergren. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Now to get the other 2 books in the series...
3 1/2 stars. The writing was probably worth 4 but it had a setting I don't tend to enjoy.
Breathe is the story of three siblings who have felt their share of tragedy and move out to Colorado to start their new lives. The book mainly focuses on Odessa the older sister, but it spends time establishing solid stories for Moira and Nic as well. This is a great historical novel with all of the interest of an 1800s frontier town. There is development, cowboys, stunning landscapes, horses, miners, trains, and everything else a good Western needs. My favorite part about Lisa Tawn Bergren is t ...more
Beverly McCall
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this first book in Lisa Tawn Bergren's trilogy, The Homeward Trilogy. I particularly enjoyed the way Ms. Bergren opens her story. It immediately grabs you attention. Ms. Bergren does a great job interjecting descriptive language--such as "that brain of yours is always churning away, like a waterwheel in a constant, spring-fed creek." I also appreciate the multi-layered characters in the St. Clair siblings and the supporting characters each of which contribute to the plot line. ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was ok. The references to prayer seemed irrelevant. If it was to be a book about characters with a strong or even growing Christian faith, I felt it needed to be more prominent and more realistic. It just seemed like every time they were in a life-threatening situation, they prayed.This was without any kind of prior reference to their relationship to God.
Steven Clark
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lived in Colorado Springs some years but

Never realized how it got its growing start with sanatoriums! Great job Lisa bringing out the history! Loved it so.
I love ALL of Lisa's books. This one did not disappoint!
Carolyn Tye
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian fiction, westerns, suspense
Recommended to Carolyn by: I like the author
Was an engaging book. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
I fell in love with the River of Time series by Lisa Bergren, from there I moved on to The Grand Tour series. Both were fantastic and contained a lot of historical detail with fantastic characters. I knew from those two series I wanted to read more by Lisa Bergren.

I looked around and found Breathe. When I saw that it was set in Colorado and in one of the few places that I have visited, Colorado Springs, I had to read it. I was not disappointed in my selection. As I made my way through Breathe, t
Jenna Brooks
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. She recently finished a teen series called Remnants (SEASON OF WONDER, SEASON OF FIRE, and SEASON OF GLORY). She's also written the River of Time Series (WATERFALL, CASCADE, TORRENT, BOURNE & TRIBUTARY, DELUGE) and The Grand Tour Series (GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS, GRAVE CONSEQUE
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