What Comes My Way by Tracie Peterson: Book Review
About the book:
Title: What Comes My Way
Author: Tracie Peterson
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Ella Fleming is on the run from her past and the secrets that could tear her family apart. As a member of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, a wild west show comprised of all-female performers, her uncanny talent for trick riding impresses the viewers. Only while performing can she forget the truth about who she really is–the daughter of a murderer.
Phillip DeShazer blames himself for his father’s death and has done his best to bury his guilt in work and drink. Realizing he needs something more, he seeks answers and finds support and kindness from the beautiful Ella Fleming. However, the more she comes to his rescue, the more his guilt grows. He’s fallen in love with her and feels confident that she returns his feelings, but until he can overcome the past and let God guide his future, Phillip knows he’s not worthy of Ella’s love.
Uncertain of what will come their way, Ella and Phillip must learn to trust God even when the road they travel takes them in different directions. Only then can love be a part of their journey.
As the series comes to a close, I find myself already missing this cast of amazing men and women. Although the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza featured an all-women team of trick riders and sharp-shooters, there’s plenty of romance to be found between them and the men who help with the show.
This time, it’s Ella and Phillip’s turn, even though the story does bounce around between the entire cast of characters. We even get a deeper glimpse into Myra and Abe’s romance, which strengthened the story.
Phillip’s struggle with alcohol and Ella’s family troubles keep them apart as they each work toward being the person God would have them be before they are ready to pledge their lives to one another. While we are given so many different perspectives through the point-of-view of many characters, hearing more from Phillip as he recovered would not have hurt my feelings.
Instead of being centered around the show, What Comes My Way sets itself more in the travel between shows and the ranches owned by the Brookstones and Flemings. It’s time to find justice for August. I found I liked this change in setting, even though it separated the characters.
I loved this story. The friendship between the entire crew, their willingness to drop everything and help each other, brought the story home. Tracie Peterson once again allowed for deep Godly conversations and the redemption of characters who thought themselves beyond hope. Ella’s conversation with Phillip about that very thing settled deep in my heart. We are each precious in God’s sight and His son died for everyone. He doesn’t pick and choose, worthy versus unworthy. We are all unworthy and God loves us anyway.
This was a beautiful story about God’s love and His promise that He is always with us, no matter what may come our way.
I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.