WHEN YOU ARE NEAR, by Tracie Peterson, Bethany House


After her father’s death, Lizzy Brookstone, the star trick rider of the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, takes over management of the traveling show. In her new role, she has to work with both Wesley DeShazer, the man who once broke her heart, and Jason Adler, her financial partner. Soon, she finds herself torn between the two men.

Ella Fleming is fleeing a forced betrothal when she stows away on the Brookstone train. Lizzy finds her and gives her a job in the costume department, but Ella has a secret that could affect all of their lives, as well as the future of the Brookstone Extravaganza.

When Mary Reichert, a former sharpshooter for the show, learns that her brother, August, has been killed, she refuses to believe it was an accident. She returns to the show to find the truth, but is she seeking justice or vengeance?

As the three women work together to discover how August died, Lizzy strives to hold the show together. Can she keep the Brookstone Extravaganza alive without losing the desire of her heart?

320 Pages

Out March 5, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is a historical fiction set in the wild west and includes a theme of friendship and life as a trick rider. There’s mystery and intrigue, romance, heart-break, difficult choices and horses.

This story is set in the wild west. There’s a bit of a preachy feel to it at times, but this doesn’t really take away from the story. I love how Tracie Peterson researches her historical fictions and her writing style is engaging. The story flows smoothly with a few twists and turns to keep the reader interested.

This book is Book I of the Brookstone Bridges series. I loved the All-Female concept for a Wild West Show. Tracie builds fully fleshed out characters and makes use of strong female protagonists. The book starts off slow, but you’re hooked in no time.

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