The Miner's Lady, Land of Shining Water Series #3
Romance Italian Style!
Author Tracie Peterson sweeps the reader away to Ely, Minnesota, in the 1800sÃ¢ÂÂ¦a growing iron mining town with a mixture of ethnicities and a variety of businesses comprised of unfortunately far more saloons than churches. It is here we meet two Italian families, the Panettas and the Calarcos, who have been feuding for over 50 years over a matter they are vaguely aware of. Although the male members of each family all work at the iron mines together, they resentfully and cautiously keep their distance from one another.
The fireworks begin when the youngest Panetta sister, Isabella, falls in love with Orlando Calarco, in spite of the many warnings by her eldest sister, Chantel. Chantel finds Orlando's brother, Dante, totally insufferable albeit disturbingly handsome; as he fights tooth and nail to keep Orlando from marrying a hated Panetta. When a life threatening accident occurs to Mr. Panetta, his heart is forever changed and he resolves to put an end to this bitter feud. Will it take a near disaster as well to change Mr. Calarco's hatred and way of thinking?Ã¢ÂÂ¦and will even the enticing Chantel Panetta be enough to dampen Dante's resolve to prolong the feud?
I simply love all of Tracie Peterson's books, and this one was certainly no exception. I enjoyed the plot and the way the characters evolved spiritually and emotionally throughout the book. The Calarcos' "Nonna" is a delight, as is Mrs. Panetta, and they are the backbone of their familiesÃ¢ÂÂfilled with wisdom and the love of Christ. I enjoyed learning about some of the customs and traditions of the Italians, and the cuisine was very mouthwatering indeed! This is a book about love, loss, forgiveness, and redemption, guaranteed to touch the reader's heart and leave it full. And your tummy if you satisfied your craving for lasagna and rigatoni while reading this delectable book! ;)
December 17, 2013
The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson
Miner's Daughter by Tracie Peterson*****
The Miner's Daughter is the third book in the Land of Shining Water series. As the previous two books, the Miner's Daughter captures your attention from the first page. The main characters as well as the supporting characters deal with a family feud that has gone on for decades, unforgiveness and anger, the threat of being disowned by their families, faith, restoration, danger and of course romance are woven together for an enjoyable read.
The feud between these two families started in Italy long before Isabella Panetta and Orlando Calarco meet and fall in love. They know about the feud of course but they are in love and plan to marry even if they have to run away to do it. Isabella shocks her sister, Chatelly when she confides in her of their plans to marry, with or without their families approval. She also asks for Chatelly to help them meet in secret as they make their plans by keeping Orlando's brother Dante occupied while they meet. Chatelly tries to talk Isabella out of it but to no avail and since she is stubborn enough to continue on her own, Chatelly agrees to help.
However, Chatelly has no idea how she is to keep Dante occupied when neither families are on speaking terms, with the exception of Isabella and Orlando. Each attempt to keep Dante from learning that his brother is with her sister is like a battle ground as tempers flare. Eventually Dante figures out what Chatelly is up to and is suspicious whenever he encounters her. But as they struggle to get past the feud between them they find an ever growing attraction, an attraction neither of them wants.
What will the sisters parents say when they learn of their younger daughter's love and plans to marry a Calarco? Will their faith guide them as they pray for both families? And then there is the brothers father who wants nothing to do with God since his wife died years ago. He is angry not only at God but the whole world it seems. What will he say or do when he learns of their plans. Will his anger lead him to disown his own son, possibly both sons? Can there be forgiveness between the two families, finally ending the feud? When tragedy strikes, can Chatelly, Isabella and their parents cling to God. And what of Orlando and Dante's father, will he grow even more angry at God or will he finally find Him and allow Him to heal his heart?
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December 11, 2013
A heartwarming look at what trusting God can do.
I received a free copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Isabella Panetta has fallen in love with Orlando Calarco. She is asking her older sister Chantel to help her sneak away to spend a few minutes with him. The only problem is that the Panettas and the Calarcos have been sworn enemies for decades. As Chantel tries to help Isabella and Orlando have time together she keeps crossing paths with OrlandoÃ¢ÂÂs older brother, Dante. As the families deal with the aftermath of finding out about the young couplesÃ¢ÂÂ love for each other they find that they also have to deal with a tragedy at the mine that the men all work at in Ely, Minnesota. Is there any hope that the hatred that has simmered between these two families might be resolved?
Tracie Peterson is an award winning author and therefore it is no surprise that she has written incredible characters that quickly wormed their way into my heart. The story she developed for this book takes a very long and deep look at what unforgiveness can do to people. I was quickly drawn in and found that I needed to see how God was going to work in their lives to bring about changes. It was a very satisfying book and I was taken on quite an emotional journey along with the characters.
There were a number of the characters that had a strong faith in God from the very beginning. There are others that didnÃ¢ÂÂt see a need for Him. Throughout the book those who trusted God were encouraging the others to either trust Him more or to begin to trust Him. I found this to be very encouraging and uplifting to read.
November 19, 2013
One of Tracie Peterson's BEST!
I heard somewhere that The Miner's Lady was very loosely based on, or at least reminded readers of, Romeo & Juliet. They were right, the basic story is the same. But I liked this version so much better than any of the others I have run across so far. In my opinion this is the best book by Tracie Peterson since her Alaskan series's and The Brides Of Gallatin County series! The author has been so prolific that in recent years some of the stories have seemed almost a little rote, The Miner's Lady was fresh and different.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book There is romance, drama, humor, danger.
The historical details are believable and the story is richly interspersed with them. The turn-of-the-century mining practices are fascinating, Dante, his father and brother are blasting (explosives) experts at the mine. Full of history and details that are not overwhelming but remain interesting from the first page to the last.
The romance was fun and snappy. Neither the heroine, Chantel, nor the hero, Dante, like each other at first and the two spend some time sparring before finally falling in love. Kind and loving, Chantel is also no pushover. Dante is a dutiful and responsible son but he is a determined man as well. The sparks between them come from more than one source.
One of the things I found interesting, and well done, was the depiction of the two different families. Both are Italian and proud of it and both are still bound by a feud that neither family can really remember the origins. But there are big differences, the Calarcos have seen the pain of loss and God is distant to all but Nonna Barbato, the Panettas are a complete family and the women devout. How will both families handle the love and likely marriage of not one set of children but two? And what will happen when tragedy strikes, will the Pannettas cling to God and will the Calarcos find Him?
This is the third book in the Land Of Shining Water series but each one stands alone and can be read in any order. Even if you haven't read the other two yet, definitely read this one! The Miner's Lady is perfect for lovers of historical fiction and especially fans of Tracie Peterson.
This book even has one of the best cover designs of 2013! The Bethany House team has done a great job on each of the covers for the trilogy.
(I received a copy of this book from the Publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
November 12, 2013