Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier, #1)” as Want to Read:
Treasured Grace (Heart of the Frontier, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Treasured Grace

(Heart of the Frontier #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,484 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Tracie Peterson Begins Compelling New Series Set on the 1840s Frontier

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has l
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers (first published February 2017)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Treasured Grace, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.14  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,484 ratings  ·  176 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Shirley Revill
I recently listened to Cherished Mercy not realising the book was part three of a trilogy but the audiobook worked absolutely fine as a standalone. The story really impressed me so I decided to read the other books in the series. I wasn't disappointed at all with the audiobook Treasured Grace it was just as as good as the first book that I listened to. It's really nice to have found another author whose stories I have really enjoyed. The narration was really good and added to the enjoyment of th ...more
Gretchen Scott
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tracie Peterson has written some of my favorite books and this one certainly did not disappoint.

This book was set in the 1800's about three sisters who head west to Oregon territory. Along the way there they end up stopping for the winter at a mission that is close to two different tribes of Native Americans, Cayuse and the Nez Perce, as tensions rise between "the Boston men" and the Natives the struggle for the sisters increases.

I thought the character development was really thought through a
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't let this ethereal cover art fool you. As gorgeous as it is, it doesn't begin to reflect the emotional turmoil found within the pages of this compelling book. Peterson has built a fascinating tale around an alarming piece of American history. It's a story rife with angst during a tumultuous time when settlers made their way West in hopes of a better life.

Grace only wants two things. To keep what's left of her family together and use her healing gifts to serve others. Going west seems to be
Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.
Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
Grace Flannagen Martindale is headed west with her siblings the story starts with her burying her husband. It was a loveless match only put together so all parties could travel to Oregon. Grace decides to stay the winter at the Whitman Mission well she awaits word from her uncle. This is a decision that will end up haunting all.

Alex Armistead is a fur trapper who lives among the Native american’s he has ran from his home in New Orleans ten years before and his past still haunts him. He m
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Series "Heart of the frontier" book #1, Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

I like reading this author and the story of Grace is one you don't want to miss.

Three young women Grace-Hope and Mercy head west on the Oregon trail, Grace marries The Rev Martindale to be a marriage in name only as he needs a wife only to go to the mission field.
He was a man that seemed to be full of himself and was always "Right", the sisters did not seem to miss him much when he died early on and was buried along the wa
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong pro life message! Thank you Tracie Peterson!
Lizzy Bueckert
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the characters very much and also the subject matter of the story. I felt for those that suffered and for all those who were not directly affected but had loved ones who were. I look forward to the next book!
Dianne Sidebottom
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sad time in history was the era when this took place. Interesting perspective through eyes of witnesses. How in hindsight looking back how the matter was dealt with. Plus their are victims today. Tough subject to write about. Interested in the setting of how Tracie will write the next books.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great start to a new series. Grace was the embodiment of her name. She was a very Christian and hospitable woman. Her attitudes towards the Native Americans started out severely prejudiced but overtime she modified her thinking. Despite all the tragedy struck the family, they kept their faith in God for the most part although they did ask questions. Anyone who had been through what they had to go through word. I think Alex was just a little too stubborn not to have come to his senses ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2017
1/5 stars.

I have to admit, I didn't enjoy this book.

The back cover of Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson sounded interesting, which was why I picked it up. I had read a book by Peterson in the past, and though I didn't remember loving that one, I thought I'd give her another shot. I probably would have thought better of it if I had realized this book was about a massacre.

I don't have a problem with books that deal with tragedy, but I have little patience for historical fiction books that portray
Before I start this review there is a disclaimer I need to share with you. This is a book of historical fiction, I mean how many of us played Oregon Trail with the old school floppy disks (literally floppy) on a green screen computer. That is this book, sorta, the settling of Oregon Territory and the path to get there. This book is not an old school video game with green ducks and greener tomb stones. This book is about the real life tensions between the ‘Boston Men’ (or whites) settling near th ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson was an interesting historical novel set during the 1800's. The author has done her research well and really showed the hearts of the native Americans who were feeling anger and frustration of being forced off of their land by white people who gave no thought to ask first about how they could live together and instead just swooped in and took. This all comes to a head of course in a most horrifying account of an attack on the mission in which our main character ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: "So what do you plan to do now that he's dead?"

Premise/plot: Treasured Grace is the first in a new series, Heart of the Frontier, by Tracie Peterson. It is a three book series starring three sisters: Grace, Hope, and Mercy. The first book features Grace as its heroine. Grace and her sisters have reached the end of the Oregon Trail, but, things have ended unexpectantly. Her husband has died; she's now in charge of her two sisters and a flock of sheep. It's near winter. She does no
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
2.5 Stars
I was looking forward to reading this book, but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, actually. On the review-email it gave the description that the main characters were a midwife and a trapper – and to me, that sounds very good, so I requested it. And while Alex was indeed a trapper, Grace wasn’t a midwife – she was a healer, which maybe they would’ve been called midwives back then, but there was nothing that even mentioned her being called a midwife or any midwifery duties…
But anywa
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The trials of the settlers of the Western Frontier were not easy. This book takes a look at a time in history when the "whites" and the "Indians" were in conflict. It follows a young woman, Grace Martidale, and her sisters as they follow the Oregon Trail.

I appreciated that this book did not gloss over details of life for the people. Part of this book focuses on the Whitman Mansion Massacre. The book looks at the tensions that led up to it, the plight of the victims, and the aftermath. It isn't
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Grace Martindale is left by alone with her sisters on the journey west when her husband dies. She isn't devastated, as it was a marriage for convenience only, but it is hard to be a single women on the wild frontier. Luckily she is smart and she has skills as a healer. When she gets to the Whitman mission she hopes to use those skills, especially as there is a devastating bout of cholera going around. She is shocked to find that the doctor there won't accept her help. On top of that, the relatio ...more
Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
It was a good read. I enjoyed the Oregon Trail aspect especially once they arrived at Fort Vancouver as that is where I get up. I studied all about McCloughlin and such and how important he was. I could not stand Dr. Whitman in this book. I am hoping his behavior and attitude was a stretch and not historically accurate. The Indian situation of the time was so hard. Especially for those who sympathized with them and yet still understood that the white man was going to keep coming and coming and t ...more
Rebekah Brown
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, after reading several of Tracie Peterson's books, I've come to the conclusion that I do not care for her writing style. She seems to be a fairly popular Christian fiction author, but the few books I have read from her have been lackluster and just "ok".

Treasured grace centers around a horrifying event, so it has a dark and depressing feel for a good section of the story. That does not help the already mediocre characters and lack of direction. However, for me Hope's story saves the day as
Okay so somehow my first review disappeared even after saving so now I got to re-do it yeah! Okay so can I just that Tracie Peterson and Melanie Dickerson are the two best authors in the world! I absolutely loved this book! It had so much plot and the characters were AMAZING!!!!! Okay so there were a few plot twists and there was a very major one that had me in tears. (But I wont say anymore.) There was a few things that I would advise that if you are under 14 not to read this book. It is histor ...more
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tracie Peterson done a wonderful job with this book! It is well written and has memorable characters.The plot and speed of the story were great. And it was hard to put the book down! Although some of the events that took place were hard to hear about. But Tracie Peterson handled a hard time in history nicely, and the book never got into to many details. It was a great book and I highly recommend it!

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions are m
Katerina Provost
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light read and a beautiful story of redemption.
Debbie Dadey
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
As part Cherokee, I'm not a big fan of Andrew Jackson who is a character in this book. I do like history though. I enjoyed the story; my main problem was that the female character wanted to learn more, but never made any effort to do so.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was ok. I've read better from this author.
It is still a spell binding book.
I do like it because of the historical parts of the story.
There were some characters that I liked better than others but to me the story just didn't pick up like it should have
I was overall disappointed.
In the shadow of Denahli was my favorite read.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading American historical fiction. I also enjoy reading Tracie Peterson's books. This book is the first in a new series which is called Heart of the Frontier. The story is quite tragic and deals with the relationships between Native Americans and White settlers. The reader's perspective could vary dependent on the opinion of the White settlers moving West across America in the 1800's. Today I started reading, BELOVED HOPE, which is book 2 in the series.
Terry Houchin
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Tracie Peterson's books. Thank you Bethany House for sending me a copy to review.

Treasured Grace is the first book in the Heart of the Frontier Series. It tells the tale of three sisters who are traveling to Oregon City to stay with their uncle. The trip west in 1848 is not for the faint of heart.

The timing for this book is right before the gold rush in California. Wagon trains are heading west to settle the Oregon Territory. There is choloera to deal with because of the unsanitary practi
Nathan Albright
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenge2017
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Bethany Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

The author of this book, working in a genre I do not read as often as others but still often enough to familiar with [1], managed to make about the most Nathanish historical romance possible, and I mean that in the most unpleasant possible way. I feel it necessary to give a fair warning about this review, because I am going to discuss some spoilers and some matter that is likely to be potentially
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson is a marvellous Christian historical romance. It is the start of the Heart Of The Frontier series and what a cracking read that promises to be.
Set in 1847, Tracie Peterson has incorporated the Whitman Mission massacre into her work of fiction. This does not make for easy reading but history is not always kind. We need to learn from history in the hope of not repeating it.
The novel highlights the tensions between the Native Americans and the white settlers. Fear
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Historical novels are always so exciting to me as I get to step into the past with characters and their lives the author has created. I live beside them and experience living and facing challenges during that era. The early American frontier was such a time of change and adventure. That’s why so many of us love westerns right? Reading about those times and entertaining ourselves with movies is far different than living during that era. This is something the author really brought to light for me. ...more
Prairie Sky Book Reviews
After recently discovering what an enjoyable author Tracie Peterson is, I was excited to read her newest series set on the Oregon frontier. “Treasured Grace” was published in 2017 by Bethany House as the first in a new series entitled “Heart of the Frontier”. Each book focuses on one of three sisters, and “Treasured Grace” reveals the story of Grace Martindale, the eldest sibling. Unlike many works of Christian Historical fiction, this novel is based on the true events of the Whitman Mission mas ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jul 01, 2016 12:37PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Potter's Lady (Refined by Love, #2)
  • A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society, #2)
  • To the Farthest Shores
  • Too Far Down (The Cimarron Legacy, #3)
  • Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station, #2)
  • A Breath of Hope (Under Northern Skies, #2)
  • For the Record (Ozark Mountain Romance #3)
  • An Uncommon Protector (Lone Star Hero, #2)
  • Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)
  • Grace and the Preacher
  • Together Forever (Orphan Train, #2)
  • A Home for My Heart
  • My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream
  • The Bracelet
  • The Anniversary Waltz
  • Miss Serena's Secret (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope, #2)
  • The Healer's Touch
  • The Key on the Quilt (The Quilt Chronicles #1)
See similar books…
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

Other books in the series

Heart of the Frontier (3 books)
  • Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier, #2)
  • Cherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier, #3)
“had thought she and her sisters would celebrate it together at the Whitmans’. Perhaps they might have even heard from their uncle by then. There wouldn’t have been gifts to exchange, but they would have” 0 likes
More quotes…