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3.5Peterson s Lone Star series is not her best work Although I overall enjoyed the story and the ending, there were definitely some ethical issues I had with Peterson s writing So, the good first the story is interesting and somewhat suspenseful, there is certainly some character growth in both faith and personality , and the geographic setting was quite pleasant to read about.However I was disappointed that not only were the main character s parents willfully na ve I mean, how shocked 3.5Peterson s Lone Star series is not her best work Although I overall enjoyed the story and the ending, there were definitely some ethical issues I had with Peterson s writing So, the good first the story is interesting and somewhat suspenseful, there is certainly some character growth in both faith and personality , and the geographic setting was quite pleasant to read about.However I was disappointed that not only were the main character s parents willfully na ve I mean, how shocked could they be to find out what was happening to their youngest daughter , but that Peterson skillfully developed a white savior attitude in many of her characters The African American characters were given flat personalities, with tones that seemed only to change to surprise and gratitude when they were told how to help themselves by you got it our little miss I know everything even though I have remained sheltered and spoiled my whole life heroine It grated on my nerves that Laura thinks that she has the skills to save the negroes of her community from a life of destitution I ve read Christian historical fiction plots that have handled the situation of teaching literacy to former slaves in the Civil War and post Civil War era South before And there was no condescension of the main characters, no sniveling on the part of the poor, ignorant former slaves as if they areignorant of life than Laura, a sheltered and wealthy young white woman My other issue was the slight hint of masculine superiority that was conveyed at the end of the novel I am no raging feminist in fact, I have pretty traditional values , but I don t believe that a woman should without question obey the every order of the men in her life, nor that her primary purpose as a wife is to give a man children only God gives life, and he gives children to the couple, not the man.Overall, the plot did little to win my admiration for a book that had the capability to be so much better than it was I was disappointed in Peterson s lack of ethicalfiber and the complacency with which she continues damaging stereotypes of minority groups women and African Americans, specifically I was also disappointed that there wasn tgrowth in faith in the novel It seemed almost unnecessary to the plotline, which shouldn t be the case in a purposefully Christian novel I ll read the third one of the series maybe but really I am just looking forward to reading another one of Peterson s better novels Touching the Sky was an excellent read I loved the theme of touching the sky woven into the story It brought everything together beautifully by being both dreamy and adventurous Laura was a great main character with Brandon being a great example of a worthy man There were so many layers of drama with the end of the Civil War This made for an explosive setting in the story The trials in this story are hard and real, but it is beautifully balanced by the heartwarming romance and loving fam Touching the Sky was an excellent read I loved the theme of touching the sky woven into the story It brought everything together beautifully by being both dreamy and adventurous Laura was a great main character with Brandon being a great example of a worthy man There were so many layers of drama with the end of the Civil War This made for an explosive setting in the story The trials in this story are hard and real, but it is beautifully balanced by the heartwarming romance and loving family relationships There is action and danger The ending is a pulse pounding ride I did not like the way they escaped together at the end Considering what had just happened, the scene didn t fit the flow of the book I can t wait to read the next book and see what else happens in this story This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Another fine book by Traci Peterson the way she depicts the results of the war between the North and South and the effect it had on Texas makes one really stop and thing what hard times those must have been Texas didn t want to be in the war but it saw there things rationed Now that the war is over, many bitter feelings still exist between people Laura and Brandon s romance is a fairy tale ending But Carissa s part of the story was very engaging Abuse at the hand of your husband was not t Another fine book by Traci Peterson the way she depicts the results of the war between the North and South and the effect it had on Texas makes one really stop and thing what hard times those must have been Texas didn t want to be in the war but it saw there things rationed Now that the war is over, many bitter feelings still exist between people Laura and Brandon s romance is a fairy tale ending But Carissa s part of the story was very engaging Abuse at the hand of your husband was not talked about in those days and is hidden even nowadays but Laura puts two and two together and figures out that Malcolm is beating Carissa When they go to get Carissa s belongings so she can move back home and Malcolm shows up before they can leave, things become intense He is doing illegal things and takes Laura and Carissa as his hostages Brandon and Tyler are hot on the trail but when Malcolm leaves in the boats you wonder how they will catch him The women are tossed overboard and both Brandon and Tyler do an amazing job of rescuing both women before they drown Malcolm is killed when he tries to escape All is well with Carissa and she doesn t lose the baby for now Lots of good Christian advice on dealing with fear and letting God handle things, turning things over to him Life is a risk but God is always with us and will never forsake us The main character reminds me of Abe Lincoln s wife in a certain way Mary Todd didn t have any friends because she was a southerner living in the north during the war Laura didn t have any friends because she is a girl who hates slavery while living in the south This is a tough stand to take in a lot of ways I admire what she is looking for in a husband compared to her sister She is looking for a Christian man This is hard to find but she is trusting God to do that Clarissa who is her sis The main character reminds me of Abe Lincoln s wife in a certain way Mary Todd didn t have any friends because she was a southerner living in the north during the war Laura didn t have any friends because she is a girl who hates slavery while living in the south This is a tough stand to take in a lot of ways I admire what she is looking for in a husband compared to her sister She is looking for a Christian man This is hard to find but she is trusting God to do that Clarissa who is her sister hardly even knows the man she is getting engaged to This is going to back fire on her eventually I didn t like how the author made it seem that it doesn t matter how fast you marry someone just as long as they share your values I think it is better to go slow than to be sorry about it later I think Laura wouldn t have regretted it if she had gotten to knowabout him Another thing that puzzles me is how Laura is going to obey and honor her husband when she is so bossy.I loved that Laura was teaching former slaves to read but I hated that she did it without her parents knowledge Though she showed great courage to say sorry to them for being so under handed [ READ EBOOK ] ♑ Touching the Sky ♂ When Laura Marquardt first meets Brandon Reid, their encounter is anything but pleasant But when the two are seated together at a dinner party, they soon find that they share similar interests Laura desires to educate blacks, and Brandon, as a white officer over colored troops, eagerly supports her cause When Laura s sister, Carissa, marries her Confederate beau, Laura finds herself in a difficult situation when she overhears plots to kill Union soldiers Though in her heart she feels she should share this information with Brandon, Laura fears she will betray her sister s trust and possibly endanger her sister s life And when Brandon s motives for pursuing her come into question, her heart is even conflicted Where is God leading her This is a pleasing and interesting novel which presented another aspect of the Civil War, about the ones truly supporting neither the North or the South, but were almost shunned by local Southerners Laura is learning what it is like to be a Christian in those times Her dream is to teach former slaves to read One former slave told Laura that being able to read was like touching the sky, an impossible dream Laura s sister is so focused on getting married that she does not really take the time This is a pleasing and interesting novel which presented another aspect of the Civil War, about the ones truly supporting neither the North or the South, but were almost shunned by local Southerners Laura is learning what it is like to be a Christian in those times Her dream is to teach former slaves to read One former slave told Laura that being able to read was like touching the sky, an impossible dream Laura s sister is so focused on getting married that she does not really take the time to realize she is marrying a murderer This was a satisfying book Brilliantly frightening and delightful, this romantic suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat I took every opportunity I could to listen to this audiobook The narration was perfect with a Southern draw for the post civil war women of Texas, as well as both Yankee and Rebel accents for the soldiers and sympathizers Not to mention the wonderful voices of the ex slaves and the Mexican employees Now on to book 3 in this captivating series Another fabulous tale that will draw you in from the start The characters are realistic and I came to really care about them Laura is a strong youg woman that loves her sister and will do whatever she can to help her The story goes into how much Laura cares about others, especially Carissa, even though they don t always see eye to eye.I loved the writing style, the characters and the setting of this wonderful book I look forward to reading the final book in this trilogy. Really interesting insight into some of the things that happened after the Civil War that we don t hear about Some of the issues were pretty easy to figure out how they would be resolved but over all an easy, good read. Great read