Her heart is caught between the man she loves and the sister she’s desperate to protect.
Though their first encounter is hardly auspicious, Laura Marquardt soon discovers herself drawn to the dashing Captain Brandon Reid. As an officer over the colored troops, he eagerly supports her desire to educate blacks and seek harmony in a town where the defeat of the South is a bitter reality.
When Laura’s sister marries her Confederate beau, Laura finds herself in a difficult situation after overhearing a discussion with frightening consequences. In her heart she feels she should confide in Brandon, but Laura fears to do so may endanger her sister’s life. Yet as the stakes continue to rise and Brandon’s motives for pursuing her come into doubt, Laura questions where to turn… and wonders if her own dreams of love may be forsaken.
‘Perhaps something wonderful would come about from their misunderstanding in the alleyway. Wouldn’t that be a wondrous story to tell their children? “Your father and I met when he thought I was being hostile toward his troops.”’ These are Laura’s thoughts early on in the book but, if you’re familiar with the Christian romance genre, you’ll realize that this is how the story will go. Boy and girl meet, boy and girl have a misunderstanding, there’s some kind of action, and then there’s happily ever after.
Thankfully, there is a reason to continue reading Touching the Sky past this point. While the main story is about Laura and her sister’s marriage, I loved the secondary story of Laura wanting to educate former slaves. She starts with her maid, Esther, who believes that being able to read would, “Be like touchin’ the sky.” She extends her teaching efforts to Esther’s family and Reid supports her efforts. Naturally, there are others who strongly disagree with her actions.
Tracie Peterson’s writing is solid as always, with characters you can like and dislike. We get an idea of what it was like in reconstruction-era Texas, especially for former slaves and the colored troops. Readers of Chasing the Sun will appreciate the appearance of William Barnett. The final book of the Land of the Lone Star trilogy is called Taming the Wind and will be released in September.
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 01 June 2012
Page Count: 336
Thank you to Bethany House for my free copy of Touching the Sky, which I received in exchange for an honest review.