cover image A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

Tracie Peterson. Bethany House, $19.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-7642-1059-4

Peterson is a long-time fixture on Christian market bestseller lists with her more than 100 novels, and this second in the Lone Star Brides series will add to her shelf of successes. The tale, set in Colorado and Texas, features Marty Wythe—alone in Denver after husband Jake heads to Texas for work—and Alice Chesterfield, the young woman they took in after a terrible attack that left her scarred. Marty fears Texas because of the emotional hurts she experienced there, but Alice is eager to go to escape a stalker. Together they head south, finding renewed spirits as Marty’s sister welcomes them. Marty gradually relinquishes her fear, and Alice comes to enjoy the company of Robert Barnett, although he seems promised to another. Peterson may be overfond of Texas colloquialisms (“down Houston way”) and facile with spirituality (“You wear His brand”), but her perfectly serviceable tale will keep fans wanting more. [em](June) [/em]