Book One- Pictures of the Heart
Adeline (Addie) Bryant has had a difficult life. Her family, including her father and brothers, move to the Yukon to find gold. After her father dies, her brothers sell her to a brothel owner who eventually marries her. The marriage does not last long because her husband ends up being killed in a fight. Addie flees to Seattle where she finds work training Camera Girls to operate a new portable Kodak camera to market to the masses. During this time, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific-Exposition is formed where these cameras are marketed to visitors of the Expo.
Back in Yukon, as a young girl, before Addie was forced to marry, she met a young boy named Isaac Hanson who she fell in love with. Isaac was forced to leave to start his college studies. He promises to find her once he graduates, but they do not meet up again until Addie is in Seattle working with the Camera Girls. Isaac attends the Expo with his young students. He is eager to resume their relationship and eventually marry Addie. But Addie is scared. She does not want to tell Isaac about her past; she feels she is a tainted woman and not fit to be his wife. To make matters worse, her past catches up to her and puts her life in danger. Should Addie flee or try to find a way to stay and trust in the people who have come to love her?
This is my first Tracie Peterson novel and I enjoyed it. Isaac was a little pushy at first, but Addie’s push back causes him to give her a little space to reflect on what she wants for her future. Throughout the novel, she struggles with trusting God. She must learn how to trust in Him before she can move forward. It was a great story about how to learn to trust God and the importance of patience in allowing love to develop.
Next Novel in Series: Finding Us (Pictures of the Heart, Book #2)
Next Novel to Review: Finding Us (Pictures of the Heart, Book #2)