The Quarryman's Bride was not one of Tracie Peterson's best books. She tried to make several places exciting, but they did not last very long and were not that exciting. This was not the the worst book I ever read, but it definitely was not the best. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys slow-paced historical Christian fiction.
This is book two in this series by Tracie Peterson. The first book is The Icecutter's Daughter and the third is The Miner's Lady. This is not one of my favorite by this author. The characters are interesting but not intriguing. I found the story line a bit unbelievable at times. Who is engaged and then leaves with their family anyway! I just don't see that from a young person. Once you get past the basic story though and follow the different events the story does get better. I gave this book 4/5 stars. I do think you will enjoy the book I just don't see reading the book a second time!
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Isn't this cover gorgeous?! I love it, it's one of the reasons I decided to read.
I always say not to choose a book based on the cover but sometimes it works out! This is one of those times!
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first I've ever read by the author but I'll definitely be picking up more of this series in the future.
This story deals with a lot of grief and loss as well as mental illness. I thought that it was fairly realistic and didn't lead to false illusions to what can happen when a person suffers from a mental break and while I was very sad for how some of the story concluded; I felt that it was realistic and that folks could connect to this very human and realistic element.
I have been enjoying Tracie Peterson's books for several years. Hers were some of the earliest Christian Fiction that I read as a young teenager looking for good and clean books to feed my reading habit. I have never been disappointed in any of Tracie's historicals and The Quarryman's Bride lived up to and even exceeded my expectations.
The characters were interesting and varied. All of them had problems of some kind that they had to work through and attempt, with God's help, to overcome. There is redemption and happy endings for some but not others, I really appreciated the touch of reality in that.
Emmalyne sometimes seemed a little too good but I think that was because she actually tried to do the truly Christian thing. Her father makes things very difficult for her but when she realizes her bitterness towards him she tries change her heart and attitude through prayer and actions. Her care tender of her mother is admirable and touching.
Tavin was a little bit of a different hero in Christian Fiction. He has quite a temper and isn't the usual easy-going, understanding guy. He is honest and the other characters know where they stand with him, if he likes them they know it and if he doesn't, well, they figure it out pretty quick. He is also faithful to Emmalyne, even though he harbors resentment for her obedience to her father, he doesn't rush out and marry someone else, instead has buried himself in work for over ten years.
The Quarryman's Bride was well researched. I learned little details about quarrying and the transport of the finished product. I love historical fiction but get impatient when an author spends more time describing fashions than actual history. To me, historical fiction should impart historical fact and information in an entertaining and easy to read manner. The Quarryman's Bride did this very well, I learned but it wasn't a bunch of dry and boring dates.
Another thing I liked about this book is the location. We have all read the stories in New York, Texas, California etc. so it was really nice to read about place that doesn't really get much page time in fiction. Tracie's descriptions of Minnesota, specifically the St. Cloud area, are lovely and informative. That little movie-screen-in-my-head was whirring busily with this book, it took a few seconds to readjust my thinking to my own home and yard.
To sum up, Tracie Peterson has another winner and a fun read in The Quarryman's Bride. If you enjoy historical fiction that check out this book.
(I received this book from BethanyHouse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
Second in Tracie Peterson's series, I liked this book better than the first. I liked the characters and the storyline. I especially liked the theme of no situation is too impossible for our God and it is never too late with our God, his timing is perfect. If you read this book I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.