According to the back of the book, Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson is the story of Lenore Fulcher. Lenore is a young woman whose father is so anxious for her to marry that he is pressuring her to court one of his business partners—a man who is seventeen years older than she is. Lenore prefers to wait for true love, but she decides love-at-first-sight might be just the thing she needs when she meets Kolbein Booth, a lawyer from Chicago searching for his sister, who ran away from home.
Though the book does tell Lenore’s story, I felt that her best friend, Abrianna Cunningham, was really the star of the book. Readers meet her in the second chapter, and she pretty much takes over from there. She reminded me of Anne of Green Gables, an determined orphan, full of mischief, opinions, and dreams—objectively critical of self, but absolutely in love with everyone else. I couldn’t help but feel a little confused and disappointed when Lenore’s story came to a happy conclusion, leaving Abrianna’s still hanging, even though the book clearly stated it was Lenore’s story. Thankfully, Steadfast Heart is Book One of a series. I’m looking forward to reading more about Abrianna in Book Two. (I’m hoping to read more about Militine, too!)Fans of historical fiction will appreciate this book’s setting in Seattle, Washington in the last 1800’s. Fans of Christian fiction will appreciate the Social Gospel message that Abrianna lives out for all her friends to see. Her theology tends to get a little garbled (delightfully so—part of her personality and upbringing), but her heart is always in the right place. I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.