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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,222 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracie Peterson Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Heirs of Montana Series Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9781436133913
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Best-selling author of A Slender Thread, Tracie Peterson is beloved for her inspirational historical fiction. Land of My Heart, which takes place in the late 1800s, begins her new Heirs of Montana series. After the death of her father, 16-year-old Dianne Chadwick believes her family’s only hope is to move to her uncle’s home in Montana. The Chadwicks must learn the skills it takes to survive the wagon trail. The journey is treacherous, but Dianne and her family rely on their faith in God to get them through safely. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Campbell | 2/18/2014

    " "Land of My Heart", by Tracie Peterson, begins in the Spring of 1864, in New Madrid, Missouri. Dianne Chadwick's family is much affected by the ongoing War Between the States. Her father, Ephraim, a store owner, does business with the entrenched Union Army, much to the outrage of the many loyal Confederate sympathizers in the town. There is much unease and lawlessness due to the continued conflicts and losses from the war. When Ephraim is killed in the crossfire of a shoot-out in front of his store, Dianne urges her mother to join a wagon train heading to the Idaho territory. After much discussion, the family decides to move forward, hoping to connect with their mother's brother, Bram. The oldest son, Trent, stays behind with plans to join the Rebel Army. Just before they begin the journey, their mother, Susannah, discovers that she is pregnant. Becoming a widow, learning of an unexpected pregnancy, and uprooting the family for a long and perilous journey takes a sad toll on Susannah. Through all the hardships and unimaginable loss endured by the Chadwick family on their way to their new life, it is Dianne who becomes the head of the family. She is truly an admirable heroine, a young lady who takes much responsibility upon herself as the family situation becomes increasingly trouble-filled. Susannah slowly loses her grip on reality, a situation worsened by an addiction to laudanum. Her grief over her tragic personal losses combines with her innate prejudices and she is often irrational and prone to rants. Much to her mother's dismay, Dianne becomes good friends with a freed slave and her husband. Later, when the family finally connects with Uncle Bram, he is reluctant to offer them much assistance, not wanting them to join him at his home place. His wife is a Native American, and he knows that his sister has strong prejudices. At the start of the wagon train journey, Dianne had been somewhat at odds with the wagon master's assistant, Cole Selby. Though Cole is a loner, almost taciturn, he somehow manages to rescue Dianne on more than one occasion. An attraction grows between them, but it is a tumultuous time in both their lives. Back home, Dianne's brother Trent begins a series of misadventures which leaves him wondering if he will ever see his family again. Nothing has gone according to plan. Each character faces more than one crisis of faith, and life is harsh, with disaster and death coming on swift horses. This is the first book in Tracie Peterson's "Heirs of Montana" series, and there are three more books which detail the continued life adventures of Dianne Chadwick and her family and friends. If you like historical western romance, and enjoy story lines with strong heroines, then you will greatly enjoy the "Heirs of Montana" saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe Schoppa | 2/14/2014

    " There seems to be a Christian fiction romance template and this book follows it perfectly. It is an enjoyable book if you just need a little escapism, but the story is not different than any of her other books, or the large number of books by other authors in this same genre, just the names and locations, and period of time are varied. I read this type of book very rarely because honestly they are quite boring after awhile. Sooo...I guess I am taking my angst out on a specific genre on this one book but this is not the first book by Tracie Peterson that I have read. On the positive side...it is clean, it is biblically focused, and it contains moral teachings. Probably a perfect book for a tween girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 2/10/2014

    " This is a Christian Historical Fiction. This book is a 3 part series. I realy enjoyed this book mostly because ther is no fowl language and it has a wholesome story line. The book is about a journey across the west to Montana around the time of the civil war. A family trying to escape to a place where they can live after the death of the Father. It kept my attention and I enjoyed the excitement of picking the book up to begin reading again. If you like books about the west, cowboys, Indians you will love this romance book. Happy reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candice | 2/7/2014

    " I really love this kind of story, the details are great, the characters keep me hanging on and wanting to know more, can hardly wait to read the next two! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/27/2014

    " Book 1 of Heirs of Montana from bestselling author Tracie Peterson. Adventurers, families, outlaws...all driven west in the 1860s by a longing for endless blue sky along with wild and wide-open spaces. Tracie Peterson, from her own Montana home, paints an unforgettable portrait of this rich, rugged landscape, populated by strong and spirited characters. When Dianne Chadwick urges her family to move west to her uncle's ranch in the Montana Territory, she has no idea that her new life in the rugged frontier-and even within her uncle's home-will not be the idyllic adventure she expects. But first she has to survive the arduous wagon journey with the help of guide Cole Selby, whose heart seems to be as hard as the mountains he loves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 1/24/2014

    " This was a free kindle book that left me wanting to buy the other three to follow the characters... I wanted to ring the Mother's neck at times but was amazed at the strength of her daughter. Well worth reading. Christian theme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/22/2014

    " I really enjoyed these books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tolly | 1/13/2014

    " So much History in this tale! Love how the charactors evolve. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 11/10/2013

    " I liked the story for the most part but there is sure a lot of death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmie | 11/4/2013

    " I used to enjoy Historical Fiction a lot but I found the quality of some of the plots lacking. I don't think this will be the case for this author. This is my first book by Tracie Peterson and I loved it. Wonderful characters and a fascinating plot. I started the second one already. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Britta | 10/20/2013

    " A cheesy, predictable Christian historical type romance story. It was entertaining in it's lack of any original characters, it seemed to have some history entwined in it although I didn't bother checking if it was accurate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Snow | 10/19/2013

    " Awesome Book!! I could not put this one down. I read the whole series in about a week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 10/6/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and plan to read the others in this series. It is a story that tells of the tears and triumph experienced through love and loss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwennie | 9/13/2013

    " Great book. At a time I seem unable to feel anything this book made me feel EVERYTHING. Can't wait to read more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 7/28/2013

    " This book started out slow for me but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it and I plan on listening to the other books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindi | 4/7/2013

    " This was a great series. Made me want to visit Montana. Sounds like a beautiful state. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/4/2013

    " This series is so amazing. I love the history in this book. Great stoy line! It will keep you on your toes the whole time you're reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 11/26/2012

    " Wonderful, need I say more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brigitte | 9/23/2012

    " This is one type of book I loved, and I especially enjoyed it because it wasn't all happy endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 5/19/2012

    " Great book. Great Series. This book shows the hard, realistic life of the wagon trains going West. The main character, Dianne Chadwick grows with the series, til she is as real as life and leaving a smile on your face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 2/28/2012

    " It was interesting reading about the trip across the country- cried at the loss they have to endure. I enjoyed the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 2/4/2012

    " Not Tracie Peterson's best work, but still a decent American frontier, historical fiction read. I'll probably chip away at the other 3 books in the series now that I feel fairly invested in the characters and plotline... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca | 2/3/2012

    " I LOVED this book! At some parts it seemed like it drug on a bit... but it was totally worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deeanna | 11/24/2011

    " Good book, I'm looking forward to finding the next book in this series at the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Mitchell | 11/3/2011

    " my favorite series of Tracie Peterson "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mercedes | 8/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed this western novel; it surely is a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tandy | 4/13/2011

    " This is a book about a girl who leaves her home with her family after the death of her father to try and meet up with their uncle and the struggles they encounter crossing the plains. Good love story as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/27/2011

    " this is a Christian romance. The story was good but it was to long and drawn out. the ending was awful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie Creel | 1/10/2011

    " This book is very sad in the beginning but gets better towards the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 11/7/2010

    " Not going to finish. Poorly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rene | 10/4/2010

    " Great historical fiction! Can't wait to read the rest of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/14/2010

    " The book was VERY preachy, even compared to other Christian romances. I think I skimmed as much as I read. And good gravey, would you believe we didn't even get a kiss out of the whole book?! Come on! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 5/22/2010

    " Awesome Book!! I could not put this one down. I read the whole series in about a week. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwennie | 4/19/2010

    " Great book. At a time I seem unable to feel anything this book made me feel EVERYTHING. Can't wait to read more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindi | 10/28/2009

    " This was a great series. Made me want to visit Montana. Sounds like a beautiful state. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 3/11/2009

    " An unforgettable novel, set during the civil war. A story that unfolds with tragedy and the perserverance of human spirit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jencey | 12/7/2008

    " I loved this book. For me personally I could identify a lot with Diane's journey. I highly recommend the Montana series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 11/7/2008

    " This book started out slow for me but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it and I plan on listening to the other books in this series. "

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About the Author
Author Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning and bestselling author of over one hundred books. She was awarded a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews in 2007 for Inspirational Fiction and has won a number of other prestigious awards. Peterson previously managed Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book line and teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences every year. She and her family live in Montana.

About the Narrator

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.