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.
I've come to look forward to every new book that release by Tracie Peterson because her stories are not only filled with romance, but suspense and intrigue as well.
In this novel, there was not only one love story but two! Both had their own unique identities - with Isabella and Orlando's, it was primarily adventure and passion that fueled their love. Even resorting to meet in risky (iron mine) and uncanny (back of conveniencestore) locations. Tracie stayed true to this plot line, as both Isabella and Orlando were 19, so their passion and adventurous nature was not unlike any couple who would be experiencing those same feelings. The urgency of the two having to get married added to the suspense of the plot line, which was a benefit to the story. But realistically speaking, I don't think it was necessary for the two to run away and create all this drama however I do have to remind myself of the historical time period this was set in.
Where Isabella and Orlando's romance developed from adventure and passion, Chantelle and Dante stemmed from intensity because of their sameness in personality. This makes their encounters heated with passionate debates and sharp banter but love blooms out of their obvious attraction for each other.
The plot line is further developed with the introduction of Alfredo and Marco, brothers of Isabella and Chantelle. In particular, Marco and his mishaps with alcohol and gambling. It was very interesting to see his internal struggle on whether doing the right thing is always the best thing. This little side plot provided a good break from the romance aspect and gave the story depth from being a one dimensional, traditional romance story.
Tracie also tackles the issue of alcoholism by introducing Reverend Black who gave a long drawn tirade that drinking alcohol leads to more sins, physical and spiritual death and destruction. I agree that are times when rebuke is warranted and even necessary, however Rev Black's speech came out of condemnation and judgement. It surprised me that Tracie was willing to talk about this prevalent issue, albeit in a historical context- how it was dealt with then, and that it still exists today! I appreciated that Tracie was willing to invoke her own personal opinion in a subtle way but still get the message across of Jesus' love, grace and mercy.
To conclude, I thoroughly enjoyed the faith of Nonna Barbota especially since it helped bring clarity, and perspective to this whole matter while unifying the overall plot of this story.
Author Tracie Peterson sweeps the reader away to Ely, Minnesota, in the 1800s_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?_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¢â¬âfilled 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! ;)
This story shows how one family extended kindness and unforgiveness even though the father from the other side of the fude held on for a long time and hurt his children. I did not like the deceit that was caused by the unforgiviness. Story did have a good ending of unforgiviness.