“Touching the Sky” Explores Post-Civil War Texas

Texas has always been a great setting for novels but post civil war Texas is fraught with tensions that make it even better. Add the unmarried daughter of a Northern sympathizer, an unsolved murder of six Union soldiers, a handsome captain working undercover to solve the murders and a smattering of flirtation and you have the makings of a very fun read. “Touching the Sky” is one part historical fiction, one part mystery and one part romance that adds up nicely. I’ve only read Tracie Peterson writing fiction in a modern setting before and I would have to say that the one weakness I found with this book is that her historical setting is occasionally marred by too-current of language or interactions. If I were grading, I’d give her story an “A” for originality, characters and setting but a low “B” for historical consistency. However, if you’re really in it for the romance and the characters, it’s easy to forgive the few slips and just enjoy the story. It’s not “Gone With the Wind” but it will take you to another time and place and give you an enjoyable reading experience. Oh, and just a warning, this book could leave you with a craving for Southern cooking!
This book was provided to me by Bethany House for this review.

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