When I finished reading Tracie Peterson’s novel, A Sensible Arrangement, I had hoped there would be a sequel so that I could learn what happened to two of the protagonists. A Moment In Time is that book and is also a stand alone book. Alice and Marty met while they were living in Denver. Marty had traveled there from Texas as a mail order bride in 1892. She hired Alice as her maid, but over time they became close friends. Alice was the victim of a troubled past and did not have much hope for her future. Financial ruin forces Marty and her husband to return to Texas, much against Marty’s wishes. Alice moves there with them and hopes to find peace and safety.
Marty’s nephew, Robert, becomes enthralled with Alice and she with him. There are obstacles and complications. Through a series of events, Alice learns her father was not the man she thought he was. Even though she was provided proof of his lies, she still struggled with how to reconcile herself with the truth. To further complicate things, Alice learned everyone thinks Robert is to marry another woman. What was she do with all this information and how would it impact her future? Marty had her own fears and struggles to face. She had previously known tragedy and loss in Texas and she doesn’t know if she can move on.
The author has crafted a highly readable novel that moves quickly. There is a large cast of characters and Ms. Peterson has captured their essence. They are people who have faith, a strong sense of right and wrong and community. It is easy for the reader to hope for a good life for them. I recommend reading this book and I hope there is a sequel.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.