Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Choice Considered by Tracie Peterson

Posted July 2, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance, Tracie Peterson / 29 Comments


A Choice Considered book review

A Choice Considered by Tracie PetersonA CHOICE CONSIDERED by Tracie Peterson
SERIES:
The Heart of Cheyenne #2

GENRE: Historical Western Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2024
PAGES: 304

Love has a way of derailing even the most carefully laid plans.

Melody Doyle has spent years following her father across the country as the transcontinental railroad is built. When she announces her desire to settle down in Cheyenne, her father presents her with an unconventional challenge: he will allow her to stay if she finds a husband before his departure. As word spreads and the men in town vie for her hand, she wonders if she could ever be happy with a husband chosen in such a way.

Charles Decker, heir to a banking dynasty, has been sent west by his father to manage their family’s new bank. His heart yearns for a simple life of teaching, but banking is the family business, and Charlie feels obligated to fall in line. When his friendship with Melody blossoms, he’s drawn to this remarkable woman who defies conventions. Will he be able to come to terms with his growing feelings for her and confront the true desires of his own heart before it’s too late?

 

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I’ve been curious to see how Melody’s story would play out in A Choice Considered since I read book one in this series. I really liked Melody’s character from the beginning and the friend she was to Marybeth when the latter needed one most. And honestly, that’s Melody in a nutshell – a friend. She was made for close relationships, despite having led a mostly impermanent lifestyle with her railroad-employee father (whom I adore), and I loved the community she has gathered around her in Cheyenne. From her prayer partners – Marybeth and Granny – to her new employer Mrs. Cooper and others, I can see why she doesn’t want to leave this time when the railroad workers move further west again.

Melody’s relationship with her father is so sweet, and their mutual affection for one another reminded me of my relationship with my own dad. It had me shedding a few tears, too, for the same reason. Her protective Da’s unconventional means of making sure her future is secure before he leaves Cheyenne both mortified me on Melody’s behalf (the church scene – oh sweet mercy! LOL) and delighted me as a reader. (Plus, I loved her dad’s wisdom and discernment and how much he valued his ‘darling daughter’.) And then there’s Charlie who – like Edward in A Love Discovered – is just such a genuinely good guy. He may be a banker out of obligation, longing to be a teacher instead, but he has good instincts nonetheless. Not only did I enjoy watching him tackle his new assignment at the small savings & loan in Cheyenne, I also (and even more so) enjoyed watching his friendship with Melody develop and then evolve into something deeper. His respect for Melody’s dad, his love for God, and his servant’s heart toward Melody cemented my love for Charlie early on in the story.

Bottom Line: A Choice Considered by Tracie Peterson is a sweet historical western romance with likable characters you’ll be rooting for from the beginning. The road to happily ever after for Melody and Charlie starts with an almost-instant friendship and mutual respect, and their story will take you through a range of emotions and some layered plot turns. I appreciated the emphasis on a personal relationship with God that affects their daily lives and their decisions, and I appreciated even more that it wasn’t presented in a preachy manner or one that felt forced. If you enjoy western/frontier romance by Lauraine Snelling, Kimberley Woodhouse, and Janette Oke, then you really need to be reading Tracie Peterson too! While characters from the first book do recur in this one, A Choice Considered can easily be read as a standalone, so there’s no reason to delay!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling author of more than one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary, with more than six million copies sold. She has won the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her avid research resonates in her many bestselling series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Learn more at TraciePeterson.com.

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A Choice Considered giveaway

Bethany House is offering a print copy of A Choice Considered by Tracie Peterson to TWO of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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29 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Choice Considered by Tracie Peterson

  1. Marti

    I’ve always meant to read Tracie Peterson’s books, but I’m not sure which book/ series is the best to start with. Yes, I do have a tendency to overthink…lol

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on A CHOICE CONSIDERED by Tracie Peterson. Sounds like a fabulous story. I can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it. Lovely cover too!

  3. Jocelyn

    Thank you for the opportunity. I have not read any of Tracie’s books and I would love to read this one.

  4. Roxanne C.

    I never turn down an opportunity to read a book by Tracie Peterson. She has been a preferred author for three decades.

  5. Sarah Evankovich

    I’ve always heard such good things about Tracie Peterson, but haven’t had a chance to read one of her books. This one looks great & I’d like to try it.

  6. Kasi Walas

    I want to read “A Choice Considered” by Tracie Peterson because it promises a compelling story set against the backdrop of rich historical detail. Peterson’s ability to weave faith, love, and personal growth into her narratives makes her books deeply touching and relatable. This novel, with its themes of redemption and making life-altering decisions, resonates with me and offers an inspiring and engaging reading experience.

  7. Jcp

    I have the previous book in the series on my TBR and I know I want to continue the series based on the quality of her writing

  8. Jean Volk

    I’d like to read this because it is from Tracie Peterson. Any book from Tracie is wonderful!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  9. Cathy

    I always appreciate her well researched historical fiction with a touch of dry humor added in to the stories. The interesting settings are a plus, too.

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