"The Quarryman's Bride" is the story of Emmalyne Knox, a young woman who chooses to sacrifice her personal dreams for the future in order to honor her parents. In doing so, however, she finds herself a victim of abuse and neglect. With great courage, she entrusts her circumstances to God, believing He will use her life to bless the people He has placed her among. Hers is a story of trust in, faithfulness to, and reliance on God.
In contrast, Emmalyne's former love, Tavin MacLachlan, also a victim of her circumstances, reacts to their broken engagement by running away from everyone he knows and lovesâ€”Emmalyne, his family, his God. When trouble at home calls him back to help his family, his own spiritual and emotional healing begins.
I love this story! I love seeing how an author, like Tracie Peterson, can show, even through fiction, how God can work in the lives of people who place their trust in Him and how He also can work through life events to bring the runners home.
Note: victims of abuse may find the opening chapters of the book to be stressful. They also need to know that the outcome presented in the book is only possible when all people involved choose to listen to, trust in, and follow God. However, the story offers hope of reconciliation, something all people need.
I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson since I had never read one of her books before. I feel like Christian romance can be highly variable on quality, depth, likability of the characters, etc. But I was pleasantly surprised with this book!
Emmalyne and Tavin are engaged to be married until tragedy strikes Emmalyne's family and she follows her father's wishes to have her stay unmarried and take care of her parents in their old age. Eleven years later Tavin and Emmalyne meet again, and the story develops from there . . .
When I first started this book I was afraid that the main characters were going to be too perfect (which is a pet peeve of mine in fiction), and that the tension in the relationship with Emmalyne's father was going to be too tense (sometimes I feel like those tense relationship story lines go overboard).
But I quickly started to feel like I could relate to the hero and heroine (they weren't too perfect), and I really enjoyed the development of the relationship between Emmalyne and her father. I also felt like the author really did her research on what it would take to quarry granite in that time period, and her descriptions were all well thought-out.
I liked this book, and I finished it in about three days - it was an enjoyable read! I would recommend it. I will say though that I hope the author plans to write another book on the doctor, because I want to know what happens to him! I'd love to read another one of her books.
Note: I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
I loved how Emmalyne Knox followed the Lord's Commandments, no matter the heartache that presented itself. With her heart broken she takes care of her Mother, and Brother and Father.
At first I did not like the Father, what a grumpy personality. He sure is a "Me Person". Some of the things that have happened in his life are really tragic, but he needs to find his way back to God. Both his daughter and his wife feel he doesn't "Love" them, and he treats them that way.
We meet more tragedy in this small MN community, it comes from different directions, and seems to be linking back to the Unions??
Will Emmalyne ever have her own personal happiness? Their is the new Dr in town who likes what he sees in her. Will her Mother ever be able to live again, so much grief and heartache. Will her Father ever come back to his Lord, and live a happy life? The answers are here in this wonderful read. I recommend you pick it up, you won't put it down until finished.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
When Emmalyne Knox was seventeen, she was engaged to her childhood sweetheart Tavin MacLachlan. But when a tornado whips through their town of St. Cloud, Minnesota her whole life is turned upside down. Not only are her two younger sisters killed and the
family home destroyed, but she is forced into the "Tradition" by her father, Luthias. According to the "Tradition" the youngest girl must not marry and stay with her parents to care for them through their old age.
When Tavin learns that Luthias plans to relocate his family to Minneapolis, he tries to convince Emmalyne to elope and is angered when she decides that it would be best to honor her father's decree. With broken hearts and anger between them they go their separate ways.
Eleven years later the Knox family returns to St. Cloud, because Luthias was offered a job at the quarry that the MacLachlan's own.
When Emmalyne is back in her place of disappointed hopes, she learns that Tavin has also returned; but he is not the same loveable Tavin she knew. Instead, he is angry and bitter and too much like her father. In her despair, and with the help of a caring friend, Emmalyne turns to her childhood faith in God and finds hope for herself and her family, despite her hard life.
Once again Tracie Peterson masterfully shares the struggles of the human heart through her characters experiences and shows us how hope in God can change our hearts and maybe even our lives. The Quarryman's Bride is a stirring story of love and loss and healing.
The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson is the second book in her The Land of Shining Water series. It is not necessary to read the first book in the series The Icecutter's Daughter to enjoy this one, as each book is meant to be a stand alone.
**The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
The latest book I had the privilege of reading for review was called The Quarryman's Bride by Tracy Peterson. I recently read an earlier book in this series, The Icecutter's Daughter, but both books stand alone and are not related except for the time period and geographic region.
The main chacter, Emmalyne Knox, is forbidden to marry her fiance, Tavin MacLachlan, after her youngest sisters' tragic deaths leave her as the one made to remain single and care for her parents according to family tradition. The family leaves town, but eleven years later they return and Emmmalyne and Tavin meet again. The odds are still stacked against them... Tavin's anger, Emmalyne's harsh father, a decade of wounded hearts, danger at the granite quarry, and a charming local doctor could all keep them apart.
This book was really good! I read it very quickly because I did not want to put it down! The characters were engaging and yet showed growth throughout the novel. They captured my attention and emotions. The story had many twists and turns, so it was not always very predictable. Tracy Peterson did an excellent job of incorporating a strong Christian message into the storyline. I felt that a lot could be learned from this book as well. I would definitely recommend this book!
(I received this book as a gift from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review. The opinions are my own.)