I have long been a fan of Tracie Peterson’s novels and was quite happy to have the opportunity to review “Cherished Mercy”. As it is the final book in a three book series, I decided to purchase the first two books and actually had a chance to read the series in order. Time constraints have prevented me from writing reviews for the first two thus far but I was blessed to have the background provided by “Treasured Grace” and “Beloved Hope”. It was also fun to learn more of the history of the area of Oregon where my daughter and her husband have lived for the past two or three years.

The youngest of three sisters, Mercy had experienced hardship and tragedy as they traveled to and settled in Oregon Territory. Held hostage by Indians during the earlier attack on the Whitman mission, Mercy witnessed tragic death and brutality at the hands of the natives but her faith has helped her to forgive during the years since the attack. Tensions are still high between the white men and the Indians in the Rogue River Valley but Mercy feels led to accept the plea for help from an ailing family friend despite possible danger.

This final chapter in the Heart of the Frontier series featuring the Flanagan sisters was one I didn’t want to put down. From the historical facts to the gripping situations to the growing love story between Mercy and Adam, I wanted to know it all. I liked Mercy’s strong character and her compassion for the Indians although she found herself in great danger. Adam was a low key yet admirable hero who made sure to protect Mercy and Faith even though he tried to convince himself they had no future together. The trials and tribulations they experienced kept the plot moving right along until its satisfactory ending.

As always I had a great time learning a bit more history through the wonderful writing of Tracie Peterson. I can’t wait for her next series.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


As Oregon Territory teeters on the brink of armed conflict, one woman strives for peace.

Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart’s cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers want the tribes removed from the land completely, one way or another.

At the request of family friend Eletta Browning, who is experiencing a difficult pregnancy, Mercy travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help. At the Browning Mission, she meets Eletta’s brother-in-law, Adam. Despite her attempts to befriend him, Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps her at arm’s length. Why is he so intent on pushing her away?

When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the combustion point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam will have to rely on their faith in God and on each other in order to make it out alive.


Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at