Peterson turns out sequel after sequel about spirited and independent heroines in her Striking a Match series. Unfortunately, the anticipation for Deborah’s and Christopher’s wedding gets a little lost since the author has to tie up loose plot ends involving murderers and a personal vendetta with a business associate. The angst almost takes away from the joy of wedded bliss and adoring romance. Although Peterson works it all out in the end, it would have been marvelous if Deborah’s wedding could have been a beautiful fanfare in the end, with no other tragedies.
The Vandermark family is a group of hard-working, God-fearing Texas loggers who want only good for their community. Deborah Vandermark wants nothing more than to become a respected physician and study with her husband, but as she’s preparing for her wedding the groom suddenly goes absent.
Tragedy has befallen Christopher’s family in Kansas City, and he’s now guardian to his five siblings. Deborah isn’t sure about taking on a ready-made family as her fears about marriage and career start to overwhelm her. In the meantime, an old adversary reveals a contract that may spell ruin for Vandermark Logging, and Deborah’s life seems to be spiraling out of control. Will her loving family surround her with the support she needs as she figures out what she is willing to compromise? Will Christopher adjust his own needs as he makes room in his life for marriage and career? (BETHANY HOUSE, Jun., 368 pp., $14.99)