Book description: " Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, the gentle rhythm of tending her family's flock of sheep is slowly healing her mind and soul, but her precarious new peace is shattered when Hope is asked to testify against the Cayuse responsible for the massacre. She's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days, but neither can she risk her attackers being released if she doesn't tell her story.
As Hope struggles to make her choice, an Army lieutenant named Lance Kenner becomes an unexpected ray of light in her life. Perhaps she is still capable of love after all. But will Lance still want her if he learns the whole truth of what happened to her at the mission? Or are the secrets that lie in his own past more troubling?"
My review: Tracie Peterson tackled some difficult issues in this book and did an outstanding job handling these issues. Hope's journey would have been challenging to write, but Mrs. Peterson was able to develop Hope's character as well as the story in a realistic way. I especially appreciated the historical references and how well actual events were able to be included in the story line. I think those references really helped the story come alive. Beloved Hope will invoke a myriad of feelings in the reader and cause some self introspection. This is a great read that I highly recommend! I received a copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher. All opinions are my own.