Another great book by Tracie Peterson! One of the things that I love about Tracie's books is the way the Gospel and Spiritual Truths are woven throughout the book. This book was no exception. I loved this book even though it did have some dark moments. During these dark moments she had a way of weaving light into the story. Here are a couple quotes that stood out to me. "We will ask God for His help with confidence and trust in Him. No matter what happens God is still in control." and "God is still God even when all hope seems lost and nothing in this world is going our way. He may not always do things as we think He should, but He is perfect and holy and His ways are as well" I have fallen in love with this family and I would love to read more of them.
The miner's lady is the third book in Traci Peterson's Land of Shinning Water series. It has no connection to the first two book other than it takes place in Minnesota. It is a love story of two family from Italy who come to America and bring with them their traditions, love of family and also a 100 year old feud.
Orlando Caraco and Isabella Panetta have fallen in love and Isabella older sister Chantel will do whatever she can to help the young couple elope. Unfortunately that mean's running interference with Orlando's devastating handsome older brother Dante. Things go from bad to worse when Chantel realizes that she has fallen in love with him.
Nonna Barbota really stole the show for me. I found this character to be most engaging. She really brought to life the qualities that I think most Christians strive to have. The way she forged ahead with what she knew was the right thing God wanted her to do regardless of what anyone else thought was truly impressive.
I have to admit I was taken by surprise by this book. Being the subject of mining, I wasn't too excited about reading this, but after the first two chapters I couldn't really put it down. There were several places that I laughed out loud and several places that I found myself tearing up. I love a book that can bring out different emotions in me.
"The Miner's Lady" by Tracie Peterson tells the tale of two families, the Panettas and the Calarcos. Residing in the mining community of Ely, Minnesota, the families carry on a decades-old feud bought over from their native Italy. When Isabella Panetta and Orlando Calarco announce their love for one another and their intention to marry, it leads to a story of how forgiveness can overcome any obstacle. In their individual quests to save their siblings from falling into harm as a result of their love for one another, Chantel Panetta and Dante Calarco embark on their own journey of love and forgiveness overcoming all.
The characters are engaging and believable, although I did find some of the dialogue to be a bit over-the-top for the time period the story is set in. Being originally from Minnesota, I've really enjoyed this entire series since it's based in my home state. Peterson is one of my favorite authors who rarely fails to disappoint. This whole series has been great fun to read, and this conclusion to the trilogy truly fits the bill.
(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.)
Ely, Minnesota 1890 - The Panetta and Calarco families have been feuding for generations. What will happen when Chantal Panetta's sister Isabella falls in love with Orlando Calarco, who reciprocates the feeling? What lengths will Dante Calarco go to keep his younger brother marrying a Panetta?
This book is rather like the classic Romeo and Juliet story, except the ending is much better. I enjoyed it but it was quite predictable. There were a few twists that kept me guessing for a few pages. My favourite character was Mrs Barbato (Nonna Barbato), Dante and Orlando's grandmother.
I would recommend this book to someone who was looking for a nice, light read.
The "Miner's Lady" is the third book in the series of "The Land of Shining Water" but it can be read independently. It's a story about the Panetta and Calacro familes who have been feuding for years. As the story unfolds your heart breaks for the two young people who are in love and have to meet secretly. When they are found out Isabella pleads with her older sister, Chantel, to help her spend time with Orlando. Unable to resist her sisters pleas, Chantel agrees to help, only to find herself falling in love with Orlando's brother, Dante.
Can the misunderstanding between these two families be resolved before it tears these young couples apart?
The author, Tracie Peterson writes a captivating story that demonstrates that through God amazing grace, mercy and power unbelievable things can happen, but first you must place your trust in him.
Ms. Peterson transports you back in time to a small mining town where age old grudges can divide families and neighbours. As her characters grow spiritually and emotionally you come to love them like friends. All to often the story of God's love gets lost when hurt and anger reigns in our lives. Ms. Peterson keeps the importance of sharing our faith in the forefront through various characters in her story who despite everything that has happened, keep God central in their lives.
I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys drama and suspense, as you will find all this and more in "The Miner's Lady".
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.