When You Are Near

Reviewed by:

Pamela Berndt/Church LibrarianSt. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2011 – 10th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids, WI  54494



When You Are Near


Tracie Peterson


Bethany House

Publication Date:



Print Paperback Book

Book Length:

311 pages


This is a story of Lizzy and she is a trick horse back rider in a family rodeo show.  It is set in 1900, so the way things are done is a little different than today. Lizzy has loved Wes since she was eight years old, but he only thought of her as a child or little sister. They are brought back together when the rodeo comes home for the winter season and her father passes. A friend of hers, Ella, is set in a pre-arranged marriage with a man she does not want to marry.  Ella sneaks off with Lizzy, goes back to the family farm, and trains to join the rodeo.  Her fiance, who is a bad man, goes after her and tries to convince her to go back with him. With the help of friends and the Lord things work out, but it takes a little doing.


5 out of 5


Teens and up

Christian Impact:

Christian impact was throughout the whole book and really brought up towards the end. Good read. Learn about trick riding and reminded that God is always there.

Other Notes:

Book 1 in the Brookstone Brides Series.

When You Are Near (Brookstone Brides #1)


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