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Jeffery O'Donnell is captivated by the mysterious Simone, who arrives at his office hoping to acquire a position as a Harvey Girl at the popular way-stops along the frontier rail line. Jeffery is torn, however, when he suspects that Simone may harbor a disturbing secret. Westward Chronicles Book 1. Jeffery O'Donnell is captivated by the mysterious Simone, who arrives at his office hoping to acquire a position as a Harvey Girl at the popular way-stops along the frontier rail line. Jeffery is torn, however, when he suspects that Simone may harbor a disturbing secret. Westward Chronicles Book 1.


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Jeffery O'Donnell is captivated by the mysterious Simone, who arrives at his office hoping to acquire a position as a Harvey Girl at the popular way-stops along the frontier rail line. Jeffery is torn, however, when he suspects that Simone may harbor a disturbing secret. Westward Chronicles Book 1. Jeffery O'Donnell is captivated by the mysterious Simone, who arrives at his office hoping to acquire a position as a Harvey Girl at the popular way-stops along the frontier rail line. Jeffery is torn, however, when he suspects that Simone may harbor a disturbing secret. Westward Chronicles Book 1.

30 review for A Shelter of Hope

  1. 4 out of 5

    Crazychriss889

    Argh... Hate the whole religion theme in there. I mean, don't get me wrong, but a freaking bible quote in each chapter? The heroine talking about it non-stop? I mean, sure, in the beginning, she doesn't even believe in it but still, she keeps thinking about it and mulling over it? Nope. I'm out. Other than that, I'm sure it would have been an awesome novel! Argh... Hate the whole religion theme in there. I mean, don't get me wrong, but a freaking bible quote in each chapter? The heroine talking about it non-stop? I mean, sure, in the beginning, she doesn't even believe in it but still, she keeps thinking about it and mulling over it? Nope. I'm out. Other than that, I'm sure it would have been an awesome novel!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Oh my I love Tracie Peterson's books and this one did not disappoint. It was great from beginning to end. Oh my I love Tracie Peterson's books and this one did not disappoint. It was great from beginning to end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Story would be better if not so frequently interrupted by religious lectures. 2.5 star

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna Porter

    In Tracie Peterson’s A Shelter of Hope, Simone Dumas’s childhood has been fraught with terror, murder, and emotional and physical abuse. In an ultimate act of betrayal, her father sells her, along with his property, to another man. In order to avoid the physical abuse which the man surely intends for Simone, for he intends her to be his “wife,” she hits him over the head with a pitcher and flees. Convinced she has murdered the man, she steals his horse and gun and flees, leaving the remote mounta In Tracie Peterson’s A Shelter of Hope, Simone Dumas’s childhood has been fraught with terror, murder, and emotional and physical abuse. In an ultimate act of betrayal, her father sells her, along with his property, to another man. In order to avoid the physical abuse which the man surely intends for Simone, for he intends her to be his “wife,” she hits him over the head with a pitcher and flees. Convinced she has murdered the man, she steals his horse and gun and flees, leaving the remote mountain settlement she has called home for seventeen years. She takes a job as a Harvey girl working in one of the few respectable establishments in the late 1800s, the Harvey Restaurant chain that sprang up along the railroad. She finds friends and allies in both her boss, Rachel Taylor, and the man who hires the Harvey girls, Jeffrey O’Donnell. Eventually Simone, through her new faith in Christ and the love of her friends, learns to accept her past and to move toward trust, redemption, and ultimately love. Simone is a heart-wrenching character. Peterson does a fabulous job with her character arc, from an abused child to an emotionally tormented young woman to a new Christian who has to lean on God to learn love and trust. The suspense escalates from the second half of the book towards the end as lawman Zack Matthews, as well as her father, close in on her. Of course, Peterson’s writing style, as always, is easy to read, and the words flow off the page. There are some rather long dialogues about prayer and trusting God, more so than I remember from the other books I have read from her. As oftentimes happens in some of Peterson’s work, though, she does little with her hero character arcs. Perhaps more is planned for Jeffrey O’Donnell in the second or third book of the series. In this book, his sole purpose for existing seemed to be to help the character reach her story goals. We are told he comes from wealthy stock, that his mother is overbearing and determined he marry well, and that his relationship with Simone would not be accepted by his family. Otherwise, he had no goal of his own. Granted, this story was Simone’s, but I would have liked to have seen more angst from Jeffrey and a life apart from Simone’s, perhaps even goals that clearly conflict with his desire to keep her safe. We do sense that he is breaking protocol and rules in his effort to help her, but there isn’t enough to make the reader fear he could lose everything he has in his choices to help and love her. He too easily chooses to love her, and romance is never easy. I also liked him at first and found him intriguing, but by the end of the novel, for some reason, I found him annoying and whiny. While I was rooting for Simone’s peace and her happy future, I couldn’t find myself wishing Jeffrey the same. He almost seems too desperate in his effort to love her near the end, and a desperate man is never attractive. At one point, I was even hoping she would convince him she couldn’t be with him ever, and she would move on to someone else, perhaps even the lawman Zach Matthews. I definitely wanted to hear more of his story. And, alas, the romance just wasn’t there for me. But, I know when I read Peterson, I’m not going to get an “angst driven” romantic ride. That’s not the kind of books she writes, and it doesn’t detract from her as a writer and storyteller. She just doesn’t write gripping romance that shakes you to your gutt. That’s not her style. And that’s alright. Fans of Peterson will not be disappointed in A Shelter of Hope, neither will readers who enjoy stories of heroines who battle terrible odds and come out sane on the other

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I generally enjoy Peterson's writing, and A Shelter of Hope has surpassed them all! I read it in one sitting in about five hours. I simply could not put it down. The story kept me engaged with out going into unnecessary sub plots that can sometimes drag on. Simone's past and upbringing are unlike anything I have experienced (or would wish to) and yet I was able to feel connected to her and anxious to know what her outcome would be. Excellent characters and storyline. I generally enjoy Peterson's writing, and A Shelter of Hope has surpassed them all! I read it in one sitting in about five hours. I simply could not put it down. The story kept me engaged with out going into unnecessary sub plots that can sometimes drag on. Simone's past and upbringing are unlike anything I have experienced (or would wish to) and yet I was able to feel connected to her and anxious to know what her outcome would be. Excellent characters and storyline.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    The first part of this book was good. The second half was just okay, the ending was boring. Also I didn't connect with any character. The first part of this book was good. The second half was just okay, the ending was boring. Also I didn't connect with any character.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    After being sold by her abusive father to a trapper named Garvey Davis to be his "bride," and fighting off Davis' lustful attentions, Simone Dumas escapes from the Wyoming Territory to Chicago, where her landlady tells her about an employment opportunity: the Harvey House Hotels are hiring respectable young women to be hostesses along the Santa Fe Railroad line. Simone interviews for a position and is accepted, then goes to Topeka, Kansas, for training. She is unaware that she is being followed After being sold by her abusive father to a trapper named Garvey Davis to be his "bride," and fighting off Davis' lustful attentions, Simone Dumas escapes from the Wyoming Territory to Chicago, where her landlady tells her about an employment opportunity: the Harvey House Hotels are hiring respectable young women to be hostesses along the Santa Fe Railroad line. Simone interviews for a position and is accepted, then goes to Topeka, Kansas, for training. She is unaware that she is being followed by lawman Zack Matthews for questioning in the death of Garvey Davis, and also by her father, Louis Dumas, who plans to get rich by selling her favors ... Editing oversights found in the Kindle edition: Page 11, Darkness engulfed Simon Dumas / Darkness engulfed SIMONE Dumas ; 45, she kicked at the sides of the horse and turned him toward the narrow, rocky path / she kicked at the sides of the horse and turned HER toward the narrow, rocky path (On page 44, the horse is identified as a MARE) ; 47, all manner of animal to harvest / all manner of ANIMALS to harvest ; 69, in some allfired hurry / in some ALL-FIRED hurry ; Page 69, all manner of wild beast out there / all manner of wild BEASTS out there ; 81, She was fullgrowed / She was FULL-GROWED ; 86, celebrat-ing the independence of America / CELEBRATING the independence of America ; 91, quite so selfconscious / quite so SELF-CONSCIOUS ; 95, the well-todo folks / the well-TO-DO folks ; 110, Please call me Simone," she told them / "PLEASE call me Simone," she told them (needs opening quote) ; Page 118, in the rapidfire French conversation / in the RAPID-FIRE French conversation ; 124, a couple of days journey to the south / a couple of DAYS' journey to the south (plural possessive) ; 126, a few dodads and notions / a few DOODADS and notions ; 129, He wern't hardly here / He WEREN'T hardly here ; 137, 137 "Are you all right, Simone?" / "Are you all right, Simone?" (page number is included in text) ; Page 138, it was selfdefense / it was SELF-DEFENSE ; 158, FORATIME UNA sat in one corner / FOR A TIME UNA sat in one corner ; 171, I still feel quite the illmannered oaf / I still feel quite the ILL-MANNERED oaf ; 192, they're posted at most every street corner / they're posted at ALMOST every street corner ; 198, "How can I find a needle in a haystack," he muttered / "How can I find a needle in a HAYSTACK?" he muttered (a question) ; Page 198, donning his out-ofplace Stetson / donning his out-OF-PLACE Stetson ; 202, Zack asked ticket agent / Zack asked THE ticket agent ; 206, Oh, I'm guilty of murder / "OH, I'm guilty of murder (needs opening quote) ; 213, aback a finetempered gelding / aback a FINE-TEMPERED gelding ; 216, No, it isn't that / "NO, it isn't that (needs opening quote) ; 234, into the simplistic structure / into the SIMPLE structure ; Page 240, knew it was impos-sible / knew it was IMPOSSIBLE ; 258, to contra-dict his suggestion / to CONTRADICT his suggestion ; 260, only had a couple inches / only had a couple OF inches ; 261, What's the nearest towns? / WHAT ARE the nearest towns? ("towns" is a plural noun, so "are" must be used rather than "is") ; 267, years imbibing in one form of liquor or another / years IMBIBING ONE form of liquor or another (omit "in") ; Page 270, Simone asked, a look of shock clearly registered on her face / Simone asked, a look of shock clearly REGISTERING on her face .

  8. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    Out of pure terror and panicked desperation, Winifred Dumas flees her family cabin in the Wyoming Territory wilderness, to escape the constant and increasing violent drunken abuse from her husband, Louis. With a broken arm and a newborn babe, Winifred heads to Uniontown, the closest settlement, in search of a lawman to bring her justice. Ten-year-old Simone is still recovering from a bout with the measles and is too weak to travel. For this reason, her mother has decided that she must remain beh Out of pure terror and panicked desperation, Winifred Dumas flees her family cabin in the Wyoming Territory wilderness, to escape the constant and increasing violent drunken abuse from her husband, Louis. With a broken arm and a newborn babe, Winifred heads to Uniontown, the closest settlement, in search of a lawman to bring her justice. Ten-year-old Simone is still recovering from a bout with the measles and is too weak to travel. For this reason, her mother has decided that she must remain behind and await rescue. The terrified little girl is left in the lion’s den to fend for herself. In spite of her mother’s assurances of a speedy rescue, Simone had a haunting feeling of kismet……her mother never did return. In 1890, Simone is seventeen and already a pretty girl with long dark hair and a shapely, full figure. All hopes of her mother returning to save her have long disappeared and she has resigned herself to her miserable lot. Her mother had taken pains to teach her how to read and write. She often read or had her read the bible, and she held great store in its lessons. The overwhelming misfortune that was her daily fare couldn’t be conquered by mere words. Her father returns one day from Uniontown with a stranger. The red-headed stranger, Garvey Davis, soon strikes a bargain with her father and she is once more deserted; sold, along with the cabin, pelt shed, and trap line. Simone, like her mother, is a girl with spirit. She refuses to bow to fate and escapes her situation to seek her own destiny. When you think her situation couldn’t possibly get any worse, it does. This is a historical drama set in the high plains at the foot of the Rockies. Simone Dumas’s plight grabs at your heart and her struggle for survival holds your attention. I found myself empathizing with her dismal situation and cheering her on as she discovered a new world and hope for a happy and fulfilling future. I can well imagine that the premise of this novel is not so farfetched. The west, in general, was a wild place; inhibited with strong, desperate, and often unscrupulous men. Life was cheap in the wide-open spaces of the western territories. I do have my doubts about the Canadian Mounties tenacity and bull-headed persistence of Zack Matthews. I like the way Tracie Peterson uses facts to back up her story. I have never heard of the Harvey Girls and, thanks to the wonders of the internet and Wikipedia, I soon discovered something new. I also looked up the Fourth of July, 1890 to see if she had done the proper research. BINGO! It was on Saturday! It has all the trappings of a memorable tale that will stick with you long after the final word is read. I think many will agree with me and I highly recommend it to all.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Birgit

    This was a very impressive, very captivating book from the first word to the last. It tells how Simone, a girl from Wyoming, manages to flee her oppressive home and father, to find a new life, always with the danger of her father recapturing her hovering. How she finds love and trust again. Actually I had the impression the romance part was just, if not a minor part, then at least not as important as the rest of the story, how trust and love between human beings, and especially how finding your t This was a very impressive, very captivating book from the first word to the last. It tells how Simone, a girl from Wyoming, manages to flee her oppressive home and father, to find a new life, always with the danger of her father recapturing her hovering. How she finds love and trust again. Actually I had the impression the romance part was just, if not a minor part, then at least not as important as the rest of the story, how trust and love between human beings, and especially how finding your trust and love in God, can show you the right path and help you overcome all obstacles. We have very sympathetic and - thanks to the author's thorough research into history - authentic and realistic characters, a brilliant plot and narration style, with lots of minor characters who add to the flavour of this story. I would just love to get my hand on more of this author's books, especially in this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    TriCedratops

    First of all - big fail on the editor's part. Three words into first chapter we hear of Simon: "Darkness engulfed Simon..." The character is a FEMALE named SIMONE. Seriously, how could anyone screw that up in the opening sentence of the book?! The story starts off great, quite vividly and for a time it was already a 4-star read in my mind. Halfway through though, it started getting heavy with religion in a sense that started feeling like it was trying to portray moral stories through what was so First of all - big fail on the editor's part. Three words into first chapter we hear of Simon: "Darkness engulfed Simon..." The character is a FEMALE named SIMONE. Seriously, how could anyone screw that up in the opening sentence of the book?! The story starts off great, quite vividly and for a time it was already a 4-star read in my mind. Halfway through though, it started getting heavy with religion in a sense that started feeling like it was trying to portray moral stories through what was sometimes paragraphs long reams of bible passages, pouring the scripture on thicker than molasses. And then the story started to turn unbelievably sappy. I eventually had to skim lightly to the end to get a gist what happens, I just couldn't get through reading it. 3 stars for the strong start, an epic fail on the editor's part, and not for those that aren't heavy on the Christianity. Ugh.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Morrell

    Excellent portrayal of hopeless despair being a constant companion , to learning to give Christ full trust and leaving the past behind . Then, one can look towards the future knowing He will never leave, nor lead where He is not there . What a transformation when that happens ! I was "on the edge of my seat " wondering how Simone would finally be free in more ways than one . I loved this book so much ; recommended ! Excellent portrayal of hopeless despair being a constant companion , to learning to give Christ full trust and leaving the past behind . Then, one can look towards the future knowing He will never leave, nor lead where He is not there . What a transformation when that happens ! I was "on the edge of my seat " wondering how Simone would finally be free in more ways than one . I loved this book so much ; recommended !

  12. 5 out of 5

    Linda Farley

    Fantastic drama This story of character, Simone's, enduring teachings from her mother about faith in God despite her hardships along with the intense worry about what would become of her makes this book one that I couldn't put down. I had to keep reading to find out what God has in store for her. Fantastic drama This story of character, Simone's, enduring teachings from her mother about faith in God despite her hardships along with the intense worry about what would become of her makes this book one that I couldn't put down. I had to keep reading to find out what God has in store for her.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Mesmerizing Story Telling I loved the character writing. Some parts were agonizing to read, others were pure elation! With Simone being the main character in this story, she struggled but found that as long as she kept asking God for his guidance, she would follow down the correct path.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ogz

    What a story! From the slums of life and hardship, lovelessness of a father, murder suspect to a life of God's love. Redeemed by His grace and given a new life, then God tops it with a more special gift. God is truly awesome and can change ugly lives to something beautiful. What a story! From the slums of life and hardship, lovelessness of a father, murder suspect to a life of God's love. Redeemed by His grace and given a new life, then God tops it with a more special gift. God is truly awesome and can change ugly lives to something beautiful.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie Holdsworth

    Kept my interest This book was a good read. I always enjoy well researched stories. The maturity of girls at that time period was at least 2 years later than it is now. That annoyed me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Williams

    Interesting Mix This story is an interesting mix of historical facts, about the Harvey Houses, and the storyline. It starts with severe hopelessness and ends on a note filled with hope!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carol D

    I really enjoyed this Christian historical romance novel. Steeped in history around the early American west in the late 1800's, including the Fred Harvey Restaurants that operated alongside railway depots from KS to NM. Novel has murder, suspense, and romance. I really enjoyed this Christian historical romance novel. Steeped in history around the early American west in the late 1800's, including the Fred Harvey Restaurants that operated alongside railway depots from KS to NM. Novel has murder, suspense, and romance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann Adams

    From hopeless to happiness I enjoyed this book because it took me places I have never been. I enjoy books about history and how this country was founded. Add to that romance and its a christian book and it fits the bill all the way around

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Jeffery and Simone I liked the story, especially at the beginning. I didn’t expect her to end upwith the one she did, but it was an enjoyable read with some mystery and adventure. Would like to read more about Zack.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Larnard Porch

    A "can't put it down" book I found this book to have mystery woven throughout along with scriptures of hope always supporting the grief and distrust of Simone. A sweet romance makes your heart glad. I recommend this book to anyone. A "can't put it down" book I found this book to have mystery woven throughout along with scriptures of hope always supporting the grief and distrust of Simone. A sweet romance makes your heart glad. I recommend this book to anyone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Dauer

    Engaging This novel kept me engaged throughout each chapter. I didn't want to out it down. Simone's questions and hesitation to trust are what go through our minds when life isn't fair. Her journey to peace isn't how she imagined it. Engaging This novel kept me engaged throughout each chapter. I didn't want to out it down. Simone's questions and hesitation to trust are what go through our minds when life isn't fair. Her journey to peace isn't how she imagined it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jay Schlaitzer

    Loved this story I enjoyed this book from the first sentence. Simone was a very interesting character and developed into the beautiful woman I wish for all little girls. None of us can achieve such without help from God and others.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kbarker

    Another good book by this author. I was interested in reading this since I had just read a real book on the Harvey Girls. This book has suspense and romance and I'm looking for the other 2 books in the series. Another good book by this author. I was interested in reading this since I had just read a real book on the Harvey Girls. This book has suspense and romance and I'm looking for the other 2 books in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candy

    Great author Enough history and fiction to make this a challenging but intriguing book. Knowing there were Harvey girls and this story could have happened kept me anxiously reading.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jean Cowden

    A girl who had a hard life. Her father beat her. Living in the mountains she finds a way to escape and ends up in a big city. Many things happen to her before she sees that God is with her.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Stuart sickle

    Can't wait to read the second one! Can't wait to read the second one!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    looking forward to next book in this series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    KRISTEN LAWRENCE

    Another good one Another enjoyable story from T Peterson. There are clearly some themes that are not appropriate for all audiences. But good character development and HEA.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristina M. Smith

    Great story I always enjoy a Traci Peterson book. Although somewhat predictable, they are clean, God centered books that fill a need to relax and enjoy a story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim Turmel

    I really liked this book, as I'm intrigued with the history of the Harvey Girls and the Harvey House restaurants. I really liked this book, as I'm intrigued with the history of the Harvey Girls and the Harvey House restaurants.

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