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Refining Fire #2, in the Brides of Seattle series, by Tracie Peterson
Militine Scott is in training at the Madison Bridal School in Seattle. Attending the school is a perfect cover to keep her past hidden.
Thane Patton has a secret he wants to keep hidden. He guesses Militine is hiding something similar to him. Will these two turn their negative pasts into a positive future together?
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Brides of Seattle
Thane Patton, though fun-loving and fiercely loyal to his friends, hides a dark secret, as well. He finds himself drawn to Militine, sensing that she harbors a haunting pain similar to his own.
Will they allow God to make something new and beautiful from the debris of their past?
Pat, Billings, MT3 Stars Out Of 5Like more challenging materialFebruary 12, 2018Pat, Billings, MTQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4The fiction was "fluffier" than I like.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful BookJune 14, 2016alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Refining fire is the second book in the Tracie Peterson Brides of Seattle Series.
It picks up just a few weeks after the first book ends with Lenore and Kolbien now married and on their honeymoon.
Much to her aunts disappointment, Abrianna is determined to open a food house to feed the homeless sailors who live down by the docks. Wade agrees to help as long as Abrianna promises never to be at the food house alone. Militine and Thane also agree and before long the four friends have a successful ministry.
It was great to read about Abrianna struggling with which direction she felt God was leading her and that when Abrianna didnt get a direct answer she took a leap of faith and went in the direction she felt she should go.
Thane and Militine were two hurting people that were great at keeping secrets, and both needed to learn how to trust. I loved the way they the author took them through that journey throughout the whole book. I absolutely adored this idea. Thane and Militien were a wonderful couple and had great chemistry together.
I also applaud the author for dealing with the human trafficking issue and for reminding us that this is not just a modern issue. And as usual the author bring God and a persons relationship with Jesus into these pages. Its not just about the story, its about God and his love for His children.
There was a bit of a downside for me, first there was just too much going on with this book. It was distracting on a lot of levels. We have Abrianna and Wade storyline, and Militine and Thane storyline and then there is Prim, who we meet in the first book, and his continuing obsession with Abrianna, not to mention Prims illegal side business and Thanes storyline about his job.
Second I was annoyed at how she sometimes wrote her male characters. For instance at one point Wade tried to talk to Abrianna about Prim courting her, but he never comes right out and tells her why its not a good idea. For me this makes him come across as weak and in the end Abrianna just ignores him.
However overall this is was another well written book which I would not hesitate to recommend.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Second book in series!November 30, 2015The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Refining Fire by Tracie Peterson is the second book in the Brides of Seattle series. It takes place in Seattle, Washington Territory in 1889. Abrianna Cunningham and Militine Scott attend the Madison Bridal School. Militine is attending the school, but she is not serious about finding a husband. She has secrets in her past (she is only twenty-two) and does not think anyone will ever want her if they find them out. Thane Patton knows something about secrets. He is attracted to Militine and would like her to consider a future with him. Can these two overcome their past to have a beautiful future? Will they be able to survive Abrianna and her ideas?
Refining Fire can easily be read without having enjoyed the first book in the Brides of Seattle series. I have read just about every book ever written by Tracie Peterson and this is the first one that I have not enjoyed. I found it to be very preachy. It is over the top, in your face, shove it down your throat preachy (I prefer it to be more subtle). The story is cute though predictable. It is a normal, Christian romance book. I did not like Abrianna. I found her to be an unlikeable character (very pushy). I give Refining Fire 3 out of 5 stars. The writing is good (as always), but I just did not enjoy the story.
I received a complimentary copy of Refining Fire from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I LOVED IT!October 27, 2015MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In the late 1800s the utmost on most girls minds was getting married, but not twenty-two year old Militine. In fact she never wants to marry. Yet her home is the Madison Bridal School in Seattle Washington. The three sisters who run the school have taken her in and provide for her in every way. They think they are also preparing her for marriage. Their niece, Abrianna, is of the same mind as Militine. Her desire is to serve God and help others, not find a husband. The two are best friends except in the area of God. Militine shuns Him as much as Abrianna embraces Him. Militine has secrets that keep her from trusting anyone, including the Lord and fearful her past may resurface at any time.
Thane and Wade are two upstanding young men that Abriannas aunts trust explicitly. They help around the school and are also good friends of the two girls. Thane also carries a dark and painful past of his own. Militine and Thane begin to build a relationship. Is it possible with their personal problems and lack of faith in God?
Abrianna secretly sets up a soup kitchen on skid row to help those in need. She throws all her heart into it, dragging the other 3 along as unwilling partners. Little did she know how this would affect each of their lives. Together the four face dangerous criminal situations and a massive city fire.
I was fascinated to learn historical information about fire departments during that time. I knew they were far from what we have now, but I never realized how helpless firemen were in these emergency situations.
Militine and Thanes story reminded me so much of when people cannot understand how God is love when bad things have happened to them. I loved the way the author works through the characters bring about understanding.
I loved Abriannas spit fire courage and desire to follow the Lord completely. Her no nonsense, determined personality was frustrating to her friends, but she got things done. In her eyes, no sacrifice was too great nor any obstacle to large for her to follow through with what God had shown her. I wish more of us were like that.
The story is like a roller coaster. There is calm and sweetness, then the suspense builds until the reader is caught off guard by unexpected turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Books as part of a blog tour. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Carolyn DormanApopka, FLAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Refining FireAugust 27, 2015Carolyn DormanApopka, FLAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I totally enjoyed this book. It kept my interest from beginning to the end. Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors. And I stay tuned to my favorite authors latest books. Thanks for the opportunity of giving a "Heads Up" to other who are interested in this book.