Treasured Grace (Book 1 in the Heart of the Prairie series) is a historical fiction novel by Tracie Peterson, set in the 1840s American frontier. The book focuses on a young widow named Grace Martindale who travels to the Whitman mission in Oregon Country. One of the things that makes the book interesting is that real events – such as the settlers’ relationship with the Nez Perce – are combined with fictional plotlines. And real historical figures – such as the missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman – are combined with fictional ones, like Grace Martindale and her love interest Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper.
I decided to come up with three book discussion questions for Treasured Grace that could be used in a book club:
- What did you like more about the book – the educational historical elements, or the love story?
- Who was your favorite minor character (such as one of Grace’s sisters, Hope or Mercy)?
- If you had lived during the 1840s, would you have traveled to Oregon Country? Why or why not?