I've come to expect only the best from Tracie Peterson and The Miner's Lady was no exception. A Romeo and Juliet style family feud between two Italian immigrant families is the backdrop for Peterson's newest novel. What's not to love?
Chantel Panetta returns from a trip Italy to find that her sister Isabella is in love and plans to marry Orlando Calarco. This would be a joyous occasion if it weren't for one small detail. The Panettas and Calarcos are in the middle of an intense, hateful family feud. Isabella and Orlando believe their love is exactly what is needed to heal the rift between their families but Chantel is less than certain. Matters only get worse Orlando's maddening older brother Dante demands the pair stop seeing each other. After Mr. Panetta survives a mining accident he believes God is calling him to end the feud but Mr. Calarco refuses and things quickly spiral out of control.
This story had me hooked form the very first chapter and after that I couldn't be stopped. Chantel is a charming heroine who is willing to make great sacrifices to secure her sister's happiness and to do what she feels is right in the eyes of God. The interactions and romance between her and Dante are enjoyable and sweet without suffering from insta-love. Dante spends much of the book torn between loyalty to his father and the ridiculousness of the quarrel between these two families. However, as he starts to let go of his dislike for the Panettas and spends time in their company his true personality shines. I loved his sense of humor and how sweet he was with his grandmother. Speaking of Nonna Barbato, she has got to be, hands down, my favorite character. She has spunk, sass and a no nonsense attitude that really made me love her more every time she was on the page.
The only thing I didn't care for was secondary storyline involving Marco Panetta and the owner of a local saloon that never panned out and ended up seeming rather pointless to me. I enjoyed Marco story but it just never seemed to fit in with the rest of the book.
The lessons of forgiveness and love were very well done without seeming pushy and the characters were fleshed out excellently. I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend this read.
***I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***
Once again, Tracie has given us a beautiful novel from a rugged time in history. What I always find fascinating and attractive about her work is the historical research she imparts into each novel. Her imagery places the reader into the pages as a spectator as the story unfolds. She did not disappoint. This series is has been my favorite of this author's work and I believe you will enjoy it, too.
When Chantel Panetta arrives home after being in Italy for a year she finds her younger sister, Isabella, in love with Orlando Calarco, the "enemy." The Panetta's and Calarco's have been feuding for decades, but will love between Isabella and Orlando heal the wounds or only make them bigger? When Chantel agree's to help her sister and Orlando meet in secret she finds herself in the path of Dante, Orlando's older brother. She cannot deny the attraction that flairs between them, but will the hatred and hurt feelings between the family keep them apart? Dante has a sense of duty towards his father and has a hard time grasping at the idea of forgiveness towards the Panetta family, but when his grandmother becomes very ill and the Panetta family cares for her he begins to see that maybe the feud between the two families is pointless after all these years. But Dante's father refuses to see any good and becomes enraged with his sons involvement with the Panetta family. Can any good come from Oralndo and Dante's love for the Panetta girls or will only anger, hurt feelings, and dangerous threats be the end result?
The Miner's Lady is an enjoyable read with a beautiful Christian testimony and message of Jesus Christ. The fact that Tracie Peterson always applies the Word of God to her books is one of the reasons I love her writing. I appreciate Tracie keeping her writing pure, clean, and honoring to the Lord. The feud between the Panetta's and Calarco's kept me on my toes wondering if forgiveness will ever come to the hearts of those involved. The message of forgiveness played a very important and convicting role in the book and I was reminded of how important forgiveness is in our lives. After all, Christ forgave us when He chose to hang on the cross for our sins.
The attraction that sparked between Chantel and Dante was good, but it wasn't great. I thought the love could have grown more between the two of them; I was slightly convinced, but not completely convinced about their relationship. Towards the end of the book is when things picked up between the families and I found myself drawn in until the very last page.
** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received. **
This book is truly Tracie Peterson at her very best! Her writing is always well researched, historically accurate, and her characters believable. I have read every book she has written, and this is no exception! I recommend you buy this book, and if you haven't read the first two in the series, do get them!
I read this book in one day, not so much because of suspense, but, more because of the enjoyment of the plot of two feuding families. The story provided enough twists and turns to keep me interested, from the dangers present in the mining industry and the accidents that claimed people's lives, to the drama of the hatred of two family patriarchs affecting the forbidden love relationships that ensued by the younger generation, who had nothing to do with the original feud. This was such a feel good book, which had you rooting for the love of two sisters and whether "hating" has the power to separate families. I would recommend this book as an enjoyable light read.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.