I enjoyed this book even though there were some very sad moments in the book. It was refreshing to see a heroine trust God even in the difficult times and obey. When people move away from God and make wrong decisions. They affect not only themselves but also others. Yet God is still the God of miracles and can bring healing. Tracey is an awesome author and I want to read more of her books.
Set in St. Cloud, Minnesota, "The Quarryman's Bride" by Tracie Peterson features the story of Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan. Emmalyne's father rules his family with an iron fist, showing very little love and compassion. After her younger sisters are killed in a tornado, she is torn apart from her fiancee, Tavin, when her father declares she can no longer marry but will be required to care for her parents, as is tradition for the youngest unmarried daughter. Tavin attempts to convince Emmalyne to elope, but she refuses out of a desire to honor her parents.
Eleven long years have passed. Emmalyne has faithfully served her parents and Tavin has performed a number of different jobs, traveling to different parts of the country, in an attempt to forget his love for Emmalyne. When Emmalyne's father returns to the quarry business he left eleven years ago, circumstances reunite the couple and they rediscover their love for one another.
Mental illness is a side plot that runs through this story. Emmalyne's mother suffers from depression and Tavin's sister suffers from severe mental illness occurring after the death of her husband. It's a great look at a common, but much neglected topic in Christian literature.
Overall, the story was good. The second book in the trilogy, it wasn't quite up to par with the first book in the series. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged in the story.
(I've received this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers through the Book Blogger program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.)
This was an extremely difficult book for me to review. First of all, it is a historical romance, and it written by one of the my favorite Christian authors. I was enthralled with the Christian message and sound Biblical theology, and I the exceptional writing captured my mind and spirit. I was able to connect with much of the story, and I found myself actually caring about what each character was experiencing within the story. Though a sweet, clean romance, there are some realistic portions where the author deals with mental illness, union activities, and the questioning of God's goodness. The book has most of the elements to make it an outstanding story.
I struggled to separate my dislike of a few of the story elements from the actual review of the book. I did not like the ending, and I wished that happy endings were not so expected in romances. I was hoping for an open-ended conclusion and possibly a sequel in order to solve the love triangle. Redemption is an part of the story, but I just felt that some of the story seemed contrived. An organic story where things don't always happen like they should would have resonated with me better. I just never liked Tavin. Gve me the doctor any day!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
The Quarryman's Bride is the second book in Tracie Peterson's series the Land of the Shining Water. It is set in Minnesota in the mid eighteen eighties with a great deal of references to the cities and the landmarks in the area. There seemed to be a lot of research done in that area. While the story itself was a good one and it kept my interest it would not be what I would call a page-turner where I'm up at all hours of the night because I have to know what is going to happen.
The story is set around Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachan who are young, very much in love and all set to marry when tragedy befall the Knox family and Emmalyne father refuses to let them marry.
Emmalyne and Tavin are a cute couple when they are together, although Tavin in the beginning really annoyed me. When Emmalyne's father breaks their engagement, Tavin doesn't put up much of a fight, he just seems to let her go. That seemed kind of odd given the fact that he was supposed to have this great love for her. Emmalyne in my opinion did the only thing that she could do, which was stay home and take care of the family as her father wanted. Although throughout the book she does question what it means to honor your father and mother and if she did the right thing in staying with her family instead of running off and eloping with Tavin which is what he wanted. It raises some interesting questions about where that line is drawn in obeying God and obeying your parents.
Emmaylne's father Luthias and Tavin's father Robert were the great contrast in how human beings handle tragedy in their lives. Luthias, who turned away from God and his family, becoming selfish and bitter, while Robert embraced God's love and lets Him help him through it.
I really thought the author did a marvelous job in how she handled the two characters that were dealing with deep depression. The confusion of the two families on how then handled it, the discussions about how mental illness was handled by most doctors of the time, but what I found most interesting was Dr. Williams and the "new" ideas that he brought to the table.
There were a couple of loose ends that I wished the author would have addressed, but all in all it was a decent book and I will definitely recommend this book to other readers.