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.)
This is the second book in Tracie Peterson's Land of Shining Water series. Although these books can be read as stand-alone books, some people like to read things in order. The first book in the series is titled, The Icecutter's Daughter. This story is again set in Minnesota in the late 1890s.
Emmalyne Knox has fallen prey to tradition. She was set to be married at the age of 17 to Tavin MacLachlan, but her father decides to follow tradition. The tradition is that the youngest daughter gives up any thoughts of a life of her own to take care of her aging mother and father. Due to the recent deaths of Emmalyne's two younger sisters, she is now the youngest. She loves Tavin and he begs her to elope, defying tradition and her father's word. Emmalyne refuses to dishonor and disobey her father and in effect God as God tells us in the Bible to obey our mother and father so that our days may be long. Their engagement is cancelled and the Knox family moves to Minneapolis.
Eleven years later, the Knox family finds themselves back in St. Cloud. Emmalyne's father is so full of anger and bitterness she realizes she doesn't love him. She prays to God to give her the ability to love her father and to show him this love. She also prays for her father to return to the God he once worshiped. Her mother, after 11 years, has finally come out of her deep melancholy. Emmalyne finally has help around the house. For the last 11 years, Emmalyne has done everything and been treated like a servant. Now, her mother is better and trusting the Lord; her faith renewed. They both pray for her father to experience this same renewal.
Tavin has returned to St. Cloud to help out his family. His sister is mentally unstable with two young sons. His mother has been caring for them plus taking care of his father and the household. She is at the point of collapse. Tavin wants to avoid Emmalyne at all costs. He still loves her, but knowing they can never be together hurts so much. Tavin is angry and bitter at himself, Emmalyne and especially her father. He has not been on speaking terms with God for quite some time. He wonders if Emmalyne still loves him. What is the point, however, as they can never be together, right?
This is a story of hope, love and perseverance. In the trials of life, where do we gain strength? If we try to make changes of our own making or keep going in our own strength, we will fail. Only God can sustain or change a heart. There is much hurt, anger and bitterness that has festered for 11 years among most of the main characters in this story. How they deal with this is interesting and how God works in the situation is remarkable. This is a heart-warming and feel-good romance about earthly and Godly relationships. The next book in the series, The Miner's Lady, is due to be released in September 2013, and I hope to review that book as well. I'm looking forward to another good story!
Tracie Peterson in her new book "The Quarryman's Bride" Book Two in the Land Of Shining Water series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the lives of Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan.
From the back cover: Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were destined to be together...until the tragic deaths of Emmalyne's youngest sisters. Family tradition mandates that the youngest daughter should remain single to care for her parents in their old age, and now that daughter is Emmalyne. Her father unyielding, Emmalyne surrenders to her duty, heartbroken. Tavin leaves town, equally devastated.
Years later, Emmalyne's family moves, and she and Tavin meet again. Their feelings for each other are as strong as ever, but their painful past and Emmalyne's father still stand between them. Soon both families are in the midst of the growing conflict rising between the workers at the granite quarry that Tavin's father owns and operates. When a series of near-fatal accidents occur, Tavin must figure out who is behind the attacks before someone gets killed.
Bound by obligation, yet yearning for a future together, can Emmalyne and Tavin dare to dream that God could heal a decade-long wound and change the hearts of those who would stand in the way of true love?
I have to say I enjoy The Land Of Shining Water series by Tracie Peterson because Historical Fiction is what she does best. If you have read my reviews before you know that I like history and "The Quarryman's Bride" begins in 1886, Minnesota. This is a story about forgiveness, honor and restoration through the diligence of prayer. "The Quarryman's Bride" is a wonderful romance and the history is perfectly accurate giving a picture of simpler, slower times. Ms. Peterson is an amazing writer and she has given us a great story with plenty of believable characters that we root for to win. I liked this book and look forward to the next one in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The story of The Quarryman's Bride takes place in Minnesota in the late 1890's. Emmalyne Knox was once engaged to Tavin MacLachlan and they were planning their wedding when a great tragedy pulled them apart 11 years ago. Emmalyne's father calls off the wedding because of a family tradition and she out of obedience and honor for her parents, goes along with her father though her heart is shattered. The 11 years that followed was filled with heartache and suffering for Emmalyne and her family and looking for stability, the family returns to the town where the tragedy struck.
Along the journey, Emmalyne returns to her Heavenly Father and finds hope and healing that she can only hope will restore her own family and the relationships broken over the years.
The Quarryman's Bride is the second book in the series, Land of the Shining Water. Though it is a series, each book is free standing and does not need to be read in any specific order. Tracie Peterson has once again written a great historical fiction that points to the love and redemption that only our Heavenly Father can offer.
I received this book from the publisher in return for my honest review, all opinions are my own.
I have been a fan of Tracie Peterson's for years because I know whenever I pick up one of her stories I am going to find an adventure and meet characters that will stick with me. With "The Quarryman's Bride" I found myself finding both those things and more. I loved the setting and timeframe of the story, but more than that I found myself caring about what would happen to the characters.The character of Emmalyne did what was expected of her and that was to give up Tavin, the man that she loved, even if it broke her heart. When their lives intersect again eleven years later one couldn't help but hope that they might finally get what their hearts had always wanted. Can they overcome the hurt of the past and allow God to lead them to their future? I needed to know the answer to that question and that's exactly what kept me turning the pages. Ms.Peterson provides a few life lessons as this story unfolds, such as how anger and hurt can eat away at someone, but also how God often has a greater plan in store. While this book is the second in the Land of the Shining Water series it can be read as a stand alone work. Fans of very well written historical, inspirational romance will certainly enjoy reading this one.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.