I love Tracie Peterson. Her books are always filled with adventure and focus on God. The Miner's Lady is no exception. A heartwarming story of two families who have been feuding for generations. Now the daughters of the Panetta family and the sons of the Calarcos family have fallen in love. Will love be enough to heal the wounds of the two families. When tragedy strikes the families put their differences aside for the better good. They find forgiveness, overcome pride, and learn the power of prayer. This is a great story, quick read, and hard to put down. I received a free copy from Bethany House for my honest review.
When Chantel's sister falls in love with a sworn enemy in their 1890s iron-mining community, will Chantel's attempts to aid the couple result in a romance of her own?
Land of Shining Water, Book 3
Ely, Minnesota, 1890
The feuding of the Panettas and the Calarcos families is about to come to a close ~ that is, as far as younger sister Isabella Panetta believes. She is certain of marriage to Orlando Calarco and subsequent children being the power to break this torrent of bad blood between them. Her older sister, Chantel, is home from Nonna and Nonno's in Italy. Isabella has waited to tell her sister before revealing her plans and desires to their Mama and Papa.
Their parents had a tradition of sending each of their children to stay with their grandparents in Italy. Upon turning twenty-one, the siblings, if unmarried, would leave home for a year to learn about the old country and their ancestors. Marco and Alfredo had each had their turn, and now Chantel had experienced the same.
--The Miner's Lady, 10
How could it be? Long ago, had there been a love like this? So endearing that every storm of life could be reconciled; by a smile, by a tear? Isabella is seventeen and eager to forgo her trip until a later time. Especially, since the feud happened in the old country before even coming to America. How could it affect her and Orlando?
This was a strong story of family. How will they choose; from the heart or from tradition? They live in the present with expectations from yesteryear. "We always have done it this way." Families feeling they disrespect and betray their ancestors by changing actions today. How much are "perceived" truths from the past that are leaned upon? I liked the three generations and their input. It wasn't always the oldest that resisted change.
The writing was excellent and so was the pace. Many opportunities for reconciliation. My favorite character was Nonna Barbato. She made the story come alive in that she spoke her mind and shared hidden things that could have made a difference if listened to correctly. She gave up her individual life to come from Italy to the Americas to care for her family when her daughter died. How humbling and resourceful, with a clear heart. She drew them all together by her consistency and love. Respect.
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of more than ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Land of the Lone Star and Heirs of Montana series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. To learn more, visit Tracie's website at traciepeterson.com.
***Thank you to Tracie Peterson and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with this review copy of The Miner's Lady. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
This story is set in Minnesota in 1890. The other two books in this series, The Icecutter's Daughter and The Quarryman's Bride are also set in this same time period. The two main families are the Calarcos and the Panettas, who are feuding for years. Two love stories happen in this novel, between Isabella Panetta and Orlando Calarco as well as between their older siblings, Chantel Panetta and Dante Calarco.
The Panetta family and the Calarco family have been in the iron mining business for years. They are both Italian families with a long history of feuding brought with them when the left Italy for America. There are definite shades of Romeo and Juliet among this romance, which can be entertaining, is not original. Chantel has just returned from a trip to Italy and realizes she no longer wants to stay in Ely, Minnesota, but return to Italy. Upon her return, her sister Isabella informs her that she is in love with Orlando Calarco and wants Chantel to help her spend time with Orlando. Dante, on the other hand, works in the mines with his brother and as the oldest has been given the task of convincing Orlando that he can't love Isabella and to keep the two apart. Can Chantel continue to encourage her sister in a love she knows is forbidden? Can Dante convince Orlando of his folly? When Chantel and Dante inevitably meet, will they continue their families' feud or will they take a different path?
This book was just average in my opinion. In fact, I felt this entire series was average. The main male character in this story appeared only strong in the physical sense. I have read many of Tracie Peterson's books, and this one just didn't seem to have the depth to it that some of her older works have. The two main characters hardly interacted enough to develop a romance. There was too much focus on the sister, Isabella as well since the story was supposed to be about Chantel. The strong grandmother in the Calarco family was also a great source of wisdom, advice and mentoring. I so enjoy seeing the older generation involved in the lives of the younger generation; they have so much to teach. I also enjoyed the description of the delicious Italian food. Yummy!! I liked, as with all Tracie's books, that there was a Christian message and in this story it was about forgiveness.
This is the third book in the series Land of Shinning Water. I have not read the other two yet. I did enjoy this one. The Panetta's and the Calarco's have been enemies forever. We can see where there needs to be a healing and forgiveness. God can heal all. Falling in love with the enemy was not a good choice for Issy. Her parents will never be happy with this. Chantel falls for Dante. Can these relationships make it among so much hate between two families? The there is a mining accident who will live how will this change hearts between the two families? This is a very good book. I would recommend it. Well written.
Two families have nothing to do with each other. The Panetta's and the Calarco's have been feuding for years upon years. Problems arise when Chantel Panetta's sister falls in love with Orlando Calarco. Two sisters, two brothers, and two sets of parents have their differences. Could love possibly survive in this situation without causing more hatred and even violence?
Mining is always considered a dangerous job. Will there be a tragedy? If so, would it anger people or bring them together?
How about the love and forgiveness between the two families and is it possible? Does anyone change?
Gambling and other issues arise when someone is killed. Wonder who that could be? Was it one of the two families?
Will the lovers make it? Lot of unanswered questions, but you need to read the book to find out.
Although the book moved rather slowly, I enjoyed it. The author is a favorite of mine and is an outstanding writer. I did not buy it from CBD because it was given to me by bookfun.org to review for my honest opinion.