This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dawn’s Prelude
(Bethany House – October 2009)
Tracie Peterson


Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 70 novels. She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research.

Ephesians 1:18 has become a cornerstone verse for a new non-fiction book she’s been working on — its also become a cornerstone in her life. The verse reads, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.”

Tracie and her family live in Belgrade, Montana.


Newly widowed Lydia Sellers discovers that through an unforeseen fluke, she is the sole recipient of her husband’s fortune. But instead of granting her security, it only causes strife as her adult stepchildren battle to regain the inheritance for themselves.

Lydia, longing to put the memories of her painful marriage behind her, determines to travel to Alaska to join her aunt. Lydia’s arrival in Sitka, however, brings two things she didn’t expect.

One is the acquaintance of Kjell Bjorklund, the handsome owner of the sawmill. Second is the discovery that she is pregnant with her dead husband’s child. What will this mean for her budding relationship with Kjell? And what lengths will her stepchildren go to reclaim their father’s fortune? Lydia soon finds her life–and that of her child’s–on the line.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dawn’s Prelude, go HERE

Learn more about Tracie and her books on her Website.


Dawn’s Prelude is another fine example of why Tracie Peterson quickly became one of my must-read authors. Her writing flows in such a way that I find her books difficult to put down. Her characters have a depth as well as a familiarity – they could be someone you know and/or love. The story contains many of the vital elements that I find essential to a good book. It has action, drama, danger, suspense, some humor, and a sweet romance. The good characters are not Pollyannas nor are the bad ones 100% evil but are well balanced enough to be realistic. In Dawn’s Prelude, Peterson has touched on some difficult issues  including domestic abuse, ethnic prejudice, and loss of faith. The spiritual dialogue is natural without being preachy.

All-in-all, Dawn’s Prelude is a wonderful read with plenty of excitement and romance in a historic Alaskan setting. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance with a touch of suspense. If you haven’t read any of Tracie’s other novels, Dawn’s Prelude would be a good place to start. You won’t be sorry.