SECRETS OF MY HEART: WILLAMETTE BRIDES, BOOK ONE, by Tracie Peterson, Bethany House/Baker

Portland, Oregon, 1879. Nancy Pritchard finds herself a widow with a world of problems when her deceased husband’s schemes start to come to light. As she searches through the pieces of her loveless marriage, Nancy realizes there is a lot that she didn’t know about this man.

Seth Carpenter is a childhood friend of Nancy’s who has recently returned to Portland. He’s delighted to see her again, and as a lawyer, he is able to help her sort through the legal aspects of her husband’s death. But there’s more to him than meets the eye, and his job will take him into a darker side of Nancy’s life–a side she didn’t even know existed. As they search for the truth behind her husband’s death, their attraction to each other creates complications, and the threat to Nancy increases. Can Seth be honest with her about who he really is and why he’s come to Portland? And can Nancy bear another betrayal? 

Out March 2020

317 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I love this author. Her voice and skill as a writer are wonderful and her books fulfilling. I know I’ll get a great story from her and she’s never let me down.

A wonderful first book, full of mystery and suspense and romance. Lots to take in for a first book of a new series. She captures the life situations for women of 1879 perfectly, placing the story in Portland, Oregon. I love the concept of the Protagonist trapped in a loveless marriage and the sudden death of said husband sending the story plummeting into a race for facts and answers.

Easy read that keeps the reader engaged.

I gave this book:

Five star rating – shiny golden stars

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