This is one of Tracie Peterson's best series. She makes it exciting and draws you into the book, while also having some very good parts about God and faith. These books were the first of hers I read, and they remain my favorite.
Karen, Grace, and Karen's aunt Doris are three of the most diverse characters I've seen in a book that remain fast friends. Grace is meek and shy; Karen is anxious for women to be seen as humans and have equal rights; Doris is an old spinster with a straight-forward view of life, believing in the education of women and children.
When heartache and loss invade Karen Pierce's world, she is devastated. Karen must look deep within her heart and to see what's keeping her from being close to the Lord as well as the man she loves and doesn't even realize it!
I have just discovered Tracie Peterson's books. I have read two in this series so far. "Ashes and Ice" is set in Alaska in 1898. It is suspenseful and realistic about the hardships. A very good read.