Recently, I rediscovered Tracie Peterson’s writing and really enjoyed it. That’s why I was excited to read her newest book Ever Constant, co-authored with Kimberley Woodhouse. This is the third book in The Treasures of Nome series. The story is set in the early 1900s in Alaska and is historical fiction. I did not read the first two novels, but this book works well as a standalone.
Ever Constant tells the story about the Powell family, and this book focuses on Whitney Powell, the oldest daughter. The family has not had an easy life, but they remain steadfast in their faith and commitment to each other. The Powell family lives on their grandfather’s farm, including Whitney’s two sisters, Havyn and Madysen, and their husbands. The family has experienced change and loss as their mother has recently died. Whitney has always been the strong sister that everyone relies upon, but difficult circumstances have taken their toll on her. Her faith is not what it used to be, and in her pain Whitney is vulnerable.
Judas Reynolds has been a friend-of-the-family for years and is trusted by their grandfather. But Judas is now looking at Whitney in a different light. Dr. Peter Cameron has been there for the family, and his friendship with Whitney has grown. Will true love finally come to Whitney? Will she have the courage to take a closer look at herself and acknowledge how she has changed? Will she recognize her need for God and be open with those who love her?
In some respects, this was a painful book to read. Painful because of the downward spiral that Whitney is in. But it was also heartwarming because of the love and support the family had for one another. The family was gracious and kind. I love the relationship the sisters had with one another.
What I appreciated most was how the characters were portrayed in living out their Christian faith. It was wonderful to see prayer modeled and the Gospel of Christ was shared. God’s love towards sinners and how one can be forgiven was part of the story. I wish a loving warning to an unrepentant sinner about what happens if you reject God’s forgiveness had been emphasized too. I only recall one time where that was mentioned.
I really liked this book and enjoyed the characters. I appreciated how grace, kindness, and forgiveness were lived out by the characters. An important element of repentance was also part of this story. I liked learning about Alaska and what it was like during the gold rush in the early 1900s. I very much recommend Ever Constant by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse.
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Ever Constant by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.