To Dream Anew by Tracie Peterson is a sprawling saga of a family battling the rugged West to carve a home out of the wilderness. Dianne Selby has the strength a woman needs to survive among restless Indians and greedy rustlers, but that same strength sometimes puts her at odds with her husband, Cole.
In this book, we see the devastation of Custer’s Last Stand through Zane, the Cavalry officer. Within the Selby family, Peterson gives us a taste of the fear that settlers felt when Indians violently avenge starvation on the reservation. One of the Indians, Koko, has embraced the ways of the white man, but her Blackfoot heritage still puts her and her son in danger. In contrast, Koka's brother, Takes Many Horses, reflects the rage and pain of the defiant, embattled Indians.
Peterson captures a moment in history that for too long has been told through the eyes of either white or Indian, but rarely both. She digs deep, beneath the prejudices and fears, to show the human heart of each character, as well as the place God has in a new nation as it surmounts the civilization that preceded it. – Mary Connealy, Christian Book Previews.com
Through sheer determination, the Diamond V ranch has flourished in the hands of Dianne and Cole Selby. But when a new family settles in the area with ambitions to establish an empire in Montana, it quickly becomes apparent that they will stop at nothing to uproot Dianne’s family. As threats mount to their claim on the land, Dianne struggles to relinquish control and place her trust in the man she loves…all the while fearing the sacrifice she believes God may require.