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Remember Me

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This book didn't really hit the mark for me. I feel like it's just similar to other books this author has written. I really feel like it just wasn't the book for me.

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This was a very interesting story featuring a young woman who’s been out to the Yukon at the turn of the century and would love to be able to be free of the horrible things that happened to her there; she is sure the stain of it will follow her the rest of her life.

I loved getting to know her and her work as a camera girl at the Expo held on the University grounds in 1909. It was a good reason to bring all the players in the story together and have them in one spot for the purposes of the story. I loved Isaac for sure, how steadfast he is after so long, and yet so humble about it too. Sure, he oversteps a couple times; he apologizes as soon as he realizes it and doesn’t try to do the same problem twice.

I loved Otis and Pearl, the camera shop owners, so much, and also enjoyed to know the camera girls too. Looks like Eleanor gets the next book, but I’m also hoping to know what happens to Mary and Bertha.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.

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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. These are my honest thoughts.

The cover of this one pulled me in. It’s so irresistible and moody!

As with most Tracie Peterson novels, this story was unpredictable and enjoyable. I especially loved the theme of overcoming one’s tough past. This included things a person was forced to do by others, when she had no choice of her own in the matter.

The persistence of the romance was delightful. It was amazing to see that a man would pursue the woman steadfastly despite obstacles, proving his devotion in a chivalrous way rather than obsessive.

The Exposition was beautifully on display! This setting came alive under the masterful touch of the author. It was especially enjoyable that Kodak cameras were featured.

Another lovely theme found throughout the novel was neighborly love. This type of love is crucial to infusing compassion into an apathetic world, so I love seeing it layered so exquisitely into fictional stories. This can easily inspire readers to choose kindness in their real lives.

Content: gambling hall, brothels, pre-marital intimacies, alcohol

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How does Tracie Peterson knock it out of the park with each and every book? Another fabulous and compelling book that I was completely immersed in immediately. I now know that when I pick up her books I need to clear my schedule because everything gets ignored until I've read the last sentence in the final chapter.

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I enjoyed this story. Even though it was quite predictable, I found it quite a comfortable read. There were lots of historical details that I really enjoyed, and the characters captured my interest though I wished they had been more nuanced, especially the bad guys. I really did enjoy the community the main character found in Seattle and am looking forward to more books about the Brownie girls!

I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from NetGalley.

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ife in the Yukon Territory during the Gold Rush years was hard. Hard for men and extra hard for women. Addie Bryant is sold into a bad situation by her uncaring, out-for-themselves brothers after her father dies. The owner of a saloon and brothel "buys" her to serve as his cook and mistress. In the harsh conditions of life in the Yukon, young Addie is soon widowed and seeks passage to Seattle to make a new life.
The book moves to the year of the World Expo in Seattle as Addie makes her way, carving out a life and friends in the city. She is untrusting and feels undeserving for a better way, due to the Yukon experience.
Isaac, a professor, has been searching for Addie since they parted ways in the Yukon nearly 10 years prior.

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Addie and Isaac get separated for a few years. A lot happened to Addie during that time. Addie has mean brothers. Addie overcome a lot in her life. This book is an historical. Set during the early 1900’s. Addie and the girls that worked with her were selling the first cameras. It was so interesting to read about it. I enjoyed reading this book. Loved Isaac’s family.

I received an advanced copy of the book from NetGalley. This book review is my own opinion.

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Remember Me is a sweet faith-based story about the trials of a young woman during the gold rush era in the Yukon. Addie and Isaac meet when they are young, but are separated when Isaac leaves to attend school. The description of how women and children were treated is eye-opening and sad. Those with money and power, even just as head of household, had full control of others. The social standards of the times and places were quite different from today. The story is fast paced, with well developed characters.

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Remember Me Tracey Peterson

Addie and Isaac were sweethearts years ago. Then Isaac left the Yukon to study for the ministry. After that, Addie was sold into a loveless marriage with a brothel owner who has since died, and she now no longer feels she is good enough for Isaac. She has started a new life complete with a new house she owns in her own name, and a new business that she runs herself. Both of these are unusual for most women in the early 1900s, even in the Yukon. When Isaac returns he still wants to marry Addie but she is afraid that if he hears about her past he will run away screaming-or at least run away. Ugliness from days gone by haunts her in a dangerous way—

This is a novel of love, longing and loss that will amply please fans of Peterson’s Christian fiction targeted to women.

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This book begins with the main character, Addie, escaping from a domestic violence situation in Alaska. Through a series of events, Addie finds herself in Seattle at the time of the Alaskan-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1907, working as a camera girl, selling photographs and cameras. As with all of Peterson’s works, there is a star-crossed love story, which in this case involves Isaac, a local school teacher. The two had previously been in a brief relationship in Alaska until Isaac left, at which point Addie was sold to a brothel owner. While Addie works through her feelings of unworthiness of Isaac, and her faith in God, Isaac pursues her relentlessly, and Addie’s brothers reappear to harm Addie.
My biggest complaint with this book is how Addie’s past abuse was handled. She feels herself damaged and unclean from her past. Rather than validating her feelings and having her work through them with Isaac, she is supposed to just accept his (and God’s) forgiveness and go on with life as if nothing had happened. I do realize that this story took place in the early 1900s and this sort of therapy wasn’t a thing, but it is unlikely that Addie and Isaac could have a healthy marriage without some acknowledgement and closure of the events from her past. The ending to me seemed to be too quick and the resolution too easy.

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Good Reads: ReRemember Me is the first book in Ms. Peterson's new 3 book series Pictures of the Heart. This beautifully written story just swept me away! The characters are well developed, realistic and engaging. The plot is excellent and at times it had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I definitely recommend this book and the series!


I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required, all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Bethany House Publishing and Tracie Peterson for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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I think this new series, Pictures of the Heart, is going to do really well!

In this story, we meet Addie Bryant and are introduced to what life is like in the Alaska Territory. Addie has really been through a lot and her resilience is admirable.

I especially enjoyed the portions of the novel that deal with the World Exhibition and the Camera Girls.

The author does a fantastic job at weaving historical research into an entertaining narrative.

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Remember Me is the first of the series, Pictures of the Heart, by Tracie Peterson.
The story introduces us to Addie Bryant and her life in the Alaska Territory. It was not a pleasant life, but the one ray of sunshine was the year that Isaac Hanson was there. After the death of her father, her brothers sold her to the brothel owner and thankfully she did not have to endure that profession but did have to endure being his mistress and later, his wife. When he died, she escaped with the help of some friends.
Several years passed when the story returns to Seattle, Washington. It is the year of the World Exhibition. Addie has been staying with a photographer and his wife. He opens a booth at the exhibition where he sells cameras to families as well as pictures, using Camera Girls. The girls are trained by Addie and they each have different personalities.
Isaac is also in Seattle and has taken a teaching position. He takes his class to the Exhibition and that is where he sees Addie again. She is excited to see him as well but is also apprehensive because of the life she left behind in the Yukon.
Tracie Peterson once again creates in depth characters that make the telling of the story unique and worthy of a continuous read. Her detail to the historical details makes the story vivid and entertaining. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. #Remember Me #TraciePeterson #Pictures of the Heart

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I admit I am a huge fan of Tracie Peterson. I have read most of her books. This one does not disappoint. The author again has done her historical research and it shows. There are details throughout the story but none that feel forced or misplaced. The story flows so quickly and flawlessly from one page to the next. This is the first book in the new series titled "Pictures of the Heart." I thoroughly enjoyed the story and highly recommend this book and author if you enjoy historical fiction.

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Addy was sold by her evil brothers to a brothel owner and forced to marry him. After her husband dies, Addy escapes to Seattle to get anyway from her brothers. Years later, Addy is working to sell Brownie cameras at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Expo.
Issac met Addy years ago before she was married. They fell in love and promised to be together but Issac had to leave the Yukon but promised to return. Before he had a chance, Addy was forced into marriage. Now he is living in Seattle. When Addy and Issac finally reunite, Issac is ready to get married but Addy fears people finding out about her past.
To make matters worse her brothers have gotten out of prison and are looking for Addy.

This story is full of faith in God. Isaac trusts and believes that God wants him and Addy to be together and stays strong in that. Addy struggles with trusting God because of all the bad that has happened to her but there is so much scripture and Christian teaching to help her and us to keep the faith. I really liked both main characters. They are very strong in different ways and they are a great couple. Addys brothers are just pure evil. I felt bad for Addy. I did enjoy learning about the camera girls and selling of the brownie cameras. The writing is very good and I loved the story and Christian message. Overall great read and I definitely recommend!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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Book Review
Remember Me (Book 1)
Tracie Peterson
Published by Bethany House
Published March 2023
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A huge thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review. (Additionally, I will now be working with Bethany House for reviews!

"Addie Bryant is haunted by her past of heartbreak and betrayal. After her beau, Isaac Hanson, left the Yukon, she made a vow to wait for him. When she's sold to a brothel owner after the death of her father, Addie manages to escape with the hope that she can forever hide her past and the belief that she will never have the future she's always dreamed of.
Years later, Addie has found peace in her new life as a photographer, training Camera Girls to operate and sell the Brownie camera. During the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expo in Seattle, Addie is reunited with Isaac, but after the path her life has taken, she's afraid to expose the ugliness of her former life and to move toward the future they had pledged to each other.
When her past catches up with her, Addie must decide whether to run or to stay and face her wounds in order to embrace her life, her future, and her hope in God."

This book helped me remember why I used to love historical fiction and still do! It was so well written and beautiful. Plus I loved how different the setting was. It's not often you read about the Yukon or the Brownie camera. It was fun and a nice change. Already excited for book two!

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Remember Me is the first novel in a new series by Tracie Peterson, one of my favorite historical fiction writers.  In this story we are taken to the Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, and get to experience a taste of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, including delicious historical tidbits sprinkled throughout.  I enjoyed this aspect so much, though there were times that I felt like I was reading a historical lesson and not a novel, but as soon as I got this feeling I was once again immersed back into the narrative.

The message of forgiveness is at the forefront of this story, especially forgiveness from past sins that are still so scarlet in your mind that they blind you to the true grace of God.  For Addie, it is being trapped in the past while going through the motions of the present.  Addie also does a lot of pondering and soul searching about her faith.  It’s obvious she is in a spiritual battle, something we can all relate to, and I appreciated that several characters shared their struggles with their faith in an honest discussion with other believers.  I’ve been in a spiritual dry spell myself, and there was something calming about reading this, so much so that I no longer feel alone in my plight.

One of the most powerful visions to me was Isaac’s pursuit of Addie.  He’s not willing to give up and to fight for the woman that he loves, no matter what.  It brought to my mind how Jesus pursues and fights for us, and oh what a beautiful picture that is!

This was a wonderfully powerful read that hit all the feels, with a strong heroine, a cast of wonderful characters (except Hiram and Shem, they were absolutely disgusting), and a great message of faith and redemption.

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Once again Tracie Peterson delivers a story of a golden era in the history of our west. This time, the story begins in her beloved Alaska, introducing us to Addie Bryant. Addie endures a hardship life in Alaska with her brutal brothers and a father who looks on her as a disposable piece of goods. She overcomes the unthinkable brutality of her brothers after the death of her father, becoming a strong woman. Her character, developed after years of abuse was not that of a cowering woman afraid of shadows but that of a woman who is driven by a vow to never be abused again.
This is a book that gives the flavor of Alaska when the gold rush brought ruthless men into the wild, chasing after the riches gold fever promises. Some are smart, and know when to quit and go home. Isaac Hanson left Alaska with his family after satisfying their successful run. He left behind Addie, who remains in his heart.
Addie, a beautiful woman determined to be successful in her own right, escapes her brothers, leaving Alaska for Seattle and a new life. In that life, she uses her initiative to become the top photographer at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expo in Seattle. Addie embodies the successful woman who creates a life using all her talents and gifts. In her heart, though, there is Isaac, who was her long ago love.
I liked this book for the glimpses of Alaska and Seattle, areas of our country the author has researched and written about extensively. The scenery and events are so well written, her books entice the reader, perhaps, for a visit. I have never been to Alaska, but it comes alive in this book, as does the Seattle in days gone by. But most of all, the people in this book emerge as vibrant and alive. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys rich characters and beautiful scenery. I had a hart time putting it down.

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Addie is a young woman caught in a terrible situation. In that era's society, having a husband is all important and gives women respect and importance. Luckily, Addie is able to decide (despite traumatic occurrences in the past) that Isaac is not worthy of her heart. This is an important story for young women to read and realize that even though we no longer adhere to society's rules quite so steadfastly, it's still vital to know your own worth. No one should have to "settle" in a relationship! I enjoyed this book a great deal.

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A Story That Will Tug At Your Heartstrings!

What a storyline! There are characters to love and characters that will make your skin crawl! You will be captivated! I was!

It also has many truths we each need to remember! I was highlighting many of them.

I both read and listened to this book and finished in a day while getting a ton of stuff done! The Narrator, Leah Horowitz, did a wonderful job. She was easy to listen to and used her voice to draw you in

I cannot wait for the next books in the series FINDING US that will be out July 25, 2023 and KNOWING YOU on November 7, 2023!

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