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.
Before I start my review I want to say that I am big fan of Tracie's novels and have only read a few that I did not enjoy. Unfortunately though "The Miner's Lady" was not her best compared to her other novels and I was very disappointed.
To begin with I had a hard time relating to Chantel in the first half of the book and was confused through much of the beginning. The synopsis said it going to be about Chantel, but I felt there was such a focus on Isabella that it seemed more of her story. Granted I do understand that the reader had to understand the back story of why Isabella's romance was such a big deal, but I wish there would have been more focus on Chantel in the beginning so that I could relate more to her instead of Isabella.
Something else I was very surprised about is that I felt there was not really a growing romance. It seemed to me that Chantel and her love interest barely had interactions with one another when they started having thoughts of wanting to marry the other! This truly shocked me because there romance didn't even really become a romance until over halfway through the book! I know later on in the story that much of Chantel's relationship with her lover happened "off the pages," but I was really hoping there would have been more of a growing attraction like Tracie has done in previous novels.
However, something Tracie has never failed to deliver in any of her novels that I appreciate about her is she tells the message of Christ! In each novel she writes there is always a unique Biblical message that can be applied to our lives and this one definitely doesn't fall short of that! Also, I really respect Tracie in the research she puts into her novels, especially in this one concerning the Italian foods! She had my mouth watering in many parts when describing the variety of foods!
Overall, it was a good novel with a great message. I give it 3 out of 5 stars!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review!
"The Miner's Lady" is the third book in Tracie Peterson's "Land of Shining Water" seriesâ€”and it was just as fascinating to read as the first two books. This book is the story of two Italian families living in the same town with all of the grown men from both families working in the same mine. Sadly, the two families have been feuding for three, going on four, generations. They work together peacefully, but tolerate no other contact.
For this reason, Chantel Panetta is quite flustered when she learns her younger sister, Isabella, has fallen in love with Orlando Calarcos and plans to marry him in spite of the feud. The couple hopes that their marriage and any resulting children will bring peace to the two families. Chantel fears a more grave outcome for the two, yet agrees to help them in their quest. When she runs into friction from Orlando's brother, Dante, life really gets complicated.
As in the first two books, this one not only blesses the reader with an inspirational story, but also provides an historical glimpse into the life of immigrants in America in the late 1800's who settled in Minnesota and took up particular occupations in that state. I enjoyed learning about the Italian (and Finnish) miners, their families, customs, and community. I appreciated Peterson's story-telling ability and getting to know her characters, watching them learn how to choose what's right, even stranding against such strong forces as tradition and family loyalty.
Bethany House Publishers sent a complimentary copy of "The Miner's Lady" in exchange for this honest review. I'm happy to recommend this book.