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3.01.2015

Steadfast Heart ~ Review

Steadfast Heart
Brides of Seattle 1
By Tracie Peterson

Steadfast Heart was and is Lenore Fulcher and Kolbein Booth's story.  Lenore is the only child of her parents.  They've raised her in a life of ease and luxury.  She's also expected to marry a man of means.  But the man who seemingly captured her heart with a look is a young lawyer - Kolbein Booth.

But Kolbein isn't looking for love, rather he is looking for his sister whom he believes may be at The Madison Bridal School.  But to his dismay he not only doesn't find Greta, he finds that no one has even heard of her.

But Abrianna Cunningham offers to help Kolbein in the search for his sister.  Much to the dismay of her guardian Mrs. Madison, owner of the school, and her friends Abrianna is well acquainted with many of the poor and homeless who call the streets of Seattle home.  But her knowledge is just what Kolbein needs.

Meanwhile a business man has come to the attention of those at the bridal school - Priam Welby.  Mr. Welby has determined that the building housing the bridal school is just what he needs for his import business.  And he is determined that no won't be the final answer.

I think the heart of this story is Abrianna Cunningham.  Abrianna is the ward of Mrs. Madison the owner of The Madison Bridal School.  Abrianna is a brillant and caring young woman who has a habit of talking unceasingly.  Abrianna also has a heart for the homeless and poor of Seattle much to the concern of those who know and love her.  And her friendship with Wade is one of her dearest, he is like a brother to her and he exasperates her to no end when he thwarts some of her endeavors. 

I for one hope that when the second book in this series comes out that there will be more from Abrianna.  Abrianna is the friend most people wish they could have.  She is both serious and hilarious with a single conversation.  And her heart's capacity for caring is an inspiration.  Truly a lovely young woman I'd like to visit with again.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

Despite her spoiled upbringing, twenty-year-old Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious. She simply believes a marriage should be built on true love. Her father, however, thinks she's wasted enough time searching for the perfect husband. He wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--who is seventeen years her senior--an idea that is out of the question for Lenore.

Kolbein Booth, a young lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister, who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms into the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.

Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out...