Destined for You by Tracie Peterson | Review

It’s been a while since I’ve read one of Tracie Peterson’s novels. Did you know she’s an award winning, best selling novel of over 100 books? Her newest novel, Destined for You, releases March 2nd. Check out the back cover, then my review to follow.

Back Cover

Can she withstand the storms of life that blow her way?

Gloriana Womack’s family is much smaller since scarlet fever killed her mother and two of her siblings. She’s dedicated her modest life in Duluth, Minnesota, to holding the remains of her fractured family together, caring for her father and younger brother. But it is hard not to be overrun by worry when her father is often gone on long fishing trips, their livelihood coming from the waters of the temperamental and sometimes deadly Lake Superior. 

Luke Carson has come to Duluth to help shepherd the arrival of the railroad to the city’s port, and he’s eager to be reunited with his brother and sister-in-law, who recently moved there and are expecting their first child. Competition for the railroad is fierce, with the neighboring city of Superior, Wisconsin, fighting for the tracks to come through their town instead. But the real danger lies in a man who has followed Luke across the country with revenge on his mind.

When tragedy brings Gloriana and Luke together, they help each other through their grief and soon find their lives inextricably linked. If they survive the trials ahead, could it be possible they’ve been destined for each other all along?

“Peterson delivers a touching tale of love built out of shared grief in this enjoyable first installment of the Ladies of the Lake series. . . . Peterson creates a memorable romance between Luke and Gloriana that’s rooted in mutual hardship and renewed faith. This series is off to a strong start.”–Publishers Weekly

My Review

Tracie Peterson’s historical research is very well done, and skillfully woven through the story.

This story began with so much loss. It was eye opening to the dangers of life on the sea. But there was so much hope, as well.

Destined for You is a story of redemption, forgiveness and letting go. There was a bit of suspense mixed in as well, which I enjoyed.

Luke and Gloriana’s story was very sweet. Although there was attraction at first sight, their’s was a love that grew slowly and had to jump many hurdles that came their way. From sorrow, to having to quarantine due to a measles outbreak, fear for the future, sabotage . . . and then there was the issue of Luke’s father.

If you enjoy themes of redemption and family brought together through tragedy and necessity, this one should interest you.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest thoughts.

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at