Aug 17, 2010

Claim by Lisa Bergren

Driven by a Promise….Mining for the Truth
A Prodigal's Search for Elusive Peace

Dominic St. Clair has fought his way back from desperate circumstances and now has an opportunity to reunite with his sisters in Colorado. Lisa Bergren's latest novel, Claim: A Novel of Colorado, reveals a man heartsick over his failure to keep a promise to his dead father and his inability to protect his two sisters from life's harsh punishment. In an effort to find the peace that has always eluded him, Dominic begins a new venture in an old mine deep inside the Rocky Mountains. As he struggles to find success and meaning in this rugged landscape, Dominic discovers the affection of the local school teacher among the hidden treasures of the area. Will he finally claim his true inheritance, or will he succumb to the restlessness that has dogged his life since leaving Colorado years before?

Set amid the harsh and often unforgiving life of the early mining industry, Claim is the final installment in Bergren's Homeward Trilogy and offers a look at God's willingness to hold on to His children even though they reject His guidance and love. The reader walks with Odessa and Moira St. Clair as they experience their journey toward truth in the first two books of the series, Breathe and Sing, and in this final story, Moira must once again renew her trust in God as she struggles to accept God's claim on her life and the love in her heart for a troubled man.

Fans of historical fiction and romance will find much to enjoy in this dramatic finale to Lisa Bergren's Homeward Trilogy. Claim reflects the rugged journey that the St. Clair prodigals have made toward the truth of grace and forgiveness. As old wounds are healed, new struggles arise, and each of the St. Clair children must face the final battle that lies ahead as they struggle to make their way homeward. Once again, Bergren's strong voice weaves a tale that will cause readers everywhere to examine the prodigal moments in their own lives and renew their faith in the One who is able to reach them no matter how far they run.


Lisa T. Bergren is a best-selling author who offers a wide array of reading opportunities ranging from children's books (God Gave Us Love and God Found Us You) and women's nonfiction (Life on Planet Mom) to suspense-filled intrigue (The Gifted Trilogy) and historical drama. With more than thirty titles among her published works and a deep faith that has weathered dramatic career and personal challenges, Bergren is excited to add the Homeward Trilogy to her resume as she follows God's direction in her writing career. Bergren lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband Tim (a graphic design artist and musician) and their three children.

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I reviewed book two in the Homeward Trilogy called Sing a couple of months ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I was eager to continue reading the story of the St. Clair family, and I was definitely not disappointed.

This book centers mostly on Nic, the prodigal brother.  He drags his feet about going home to face his sisters.  He is embarrassed about the bad life choices he has made, including the loss of his family inheritance.  Along the way, Nic meets a man who needs help working a gold mining claim in the Rocky Mountains.  Just as he arrives to check it out, Nic finds out that the miner has been killed and has left his young son totally alone in the world.  Nic half-heartedly decides to help the boy, and initially he agrees to work for one week in the mine.  This is just the beginning of a story of adventure, danger, and even a little romance.

Nic needs to come to terms with his past before he can finally go back home again and face his sisters.  The time he spends in the mountains becomes a time to stop running from himself and from God.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Claim from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my honest review.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook Publishing; 1 edition (May 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 143476706X
ISBN-13: 978-1434767066

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