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A Dream to Call My Own

A Dream to Call My Own

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An excerpt from A Dream to Call My Own by Tracie Peterson, book 3 in the Brides of Gallatin County series, published by Bethany House Publishers

When their father is accidently killed, the youngest of the Gallatin sisters, Lacy, becomes a woman with a mission: to find her father's killer. Haunted by the belief that she's failed him, Lacy is also battling a desire to have something more than just revenge, something she can't quite figure out.

Dave Shepard, the deputy sheriff, has also been fervently trying to find the man who killed George Gallatin, in part because it's his job but also because of the beautiful Lacy. When they are together, the tension crackles between them--both when they argue and when they kiss. Yet Dave fears he won't be able to live up to her expectations. And while Lacy finds him frustratingly irresistible, is it truly love? Will she only fail another person?
An excerpt from A Dream to Call My Own by Tracie Peterson, book 3 in the Brides of Gallatin County series, published by Bethany House Publishers

When their father is accidently killed, the youngest of the Gallatin sisters, Lacy, becomes a woman with a mission: to find her father's killer. Haunted by the belief that she's failed him, Lacy is also battling a desire to have something more than just revenge, something she can't quite figure out.

Dave Shepard, the deputy sheriff, has also been fervently trying to find the man who killed George Gallatin, in part because it's his job but also because of the beautiful Lacy. When they are together, the tension crackles between them--both when they argue and when they kiss. Yet Dave fears he won't be able to live up to her expectations. And while Lacy finds him frustratingly irresistible, is it truly love? Will she only fail another person?

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Published by: Bethany House Publishers on Jun 04, 2009
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Maybe it was cabin ever as well as the announcement rom Beth
that she was expecting. It might even have been the anxiety o
waiting or Gwen’s baby to nally arrive. Whatever the reason,
Lacy Gallatin awoke an hour earlier than usual with only onethought on her mind:
I have to get out of here for a time.
She got up and dressed quickly, layering warm fannel trou-
sers over thick wool stockings. Next she put on her heaviest
split wool skirt and warmest blouse and sweater. Lacy then tied
her hair back in a single braid and completed her outt withher heavy winter boots.
Taking up her saddlebag, Lacy packed several articles o
clothing. She penned a quick note to her sisters, doing her bestto explain that the gloomy weather had taken its toll on her.
 
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She read the last lines aloud, as much to strengthen herconviction as to assure hersel she’d said the right thing. “ ‘Iwill be all right. Please don’t send anyone ater me. I’m not
certain where I’m headed, but I assure you I can take care omysel.’ ”And she could. Lacy had a little money and a lot o know-how. She was a good horsewoman and a crack shot with the
rife. There had been no reports o highwaymen since the
weather had turned so bad the past month. There would always
 be the threat o wolves, but Lacy could contend with them ishe had to. That let only battling the elements.
Hurrying downstairs, Lacy grabbed a ew items o ood and
stued them into her bags along with her clothes. I a blizzardcame up beore she gured out where to go, she’d be able towait it out. She pulled on her heavy coat and scar and securedher fannel hat. Her last act was to grab matches, a small tinpot, and a canteen rom the back porch.
Blackness enguled Lacy as she slipped rom the house.
Within another hal hour or so her amily would wake up tostart their day. The long hours o darkness didn’t stop or even
slow lie when it came to caring or livestock and seeing that the
community had access to the store. Lacy was glad there wasn’t
a stage due in or out. The weather had reduced the numbero trips being made to Gallatin Crossing, and given Gwen’s
condition, that had been a very good thing. There would be no big breakast to prepare and serve. No abundance o laundryto wash.
Lacy sighed. She elt she ell short even when it came to
doing her part at Gallatin House, the roadhouse she and her
sisters operated. She had done minor repairs and some o theheavier work ater their ather was killed, but now that Gwen

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tbbycatt_1 reviewed this
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I hadn't read the other two books in the series before I read this one, but that really didn't matter. This book was absolutely delightful and I really enjoyed it. The characters and plot were fun and believable, which isn't always the case with Christian fiction. I think anyone could pick up this book and enjoy it. I'd heartily recommend this book and I'm planning on checking out the rest of the series as well as some other books by Tracie Peterson.While this is Christian fiction, and Christianity plays an important part in the story, I didn't feel like the author was hitting the reader over the head with it. This could make it an excellent choice for the reader who just wants a nice love story without it being x rated.Thanks to Bethany House for sending me a copy of this great book to review!
cherryblossommj_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This book is a great ending to the trilogy of The Brides of Gallatin County. Once again the characters from the previous books are brought to a deeper level. Tracie really knows how to make you despise a bad guy, and in this book she even eloquently finds a way for a reader to find sympathy for the antagonist. I would say that this book is deeper and a little bit heavier than the other two, but it is good and could be read alone. This is one of those books that can make you look back on yourself and question if you are where you need to be in your faith. Lacy, the youngest of the Gallatin sisters has tried so long to be a strong person that she just ignores her pain and tries to go it all alone. It is once she realizes she needs another's strength that she can really prosper.
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