The Quarryman's Bride is the second book in Tracie Peterson's series the Land of the Shining Water. It is set in Minnesota in the mid eighteen eighties with a great deal of references to the cities and the landmarks in the area. There seemed to be a lot of research done in that area. While the story itself was a good one and it kept my interest it would not be what I would call a page-turner where I'm up at all hours of the night because I have to know what is going to happen.
The story is set around Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachan who are young, very much in love and all set to marry when tragedy befall the Knox family and Emmalyne father refuses to let them marry.
Emmalyne and Tavin are a cute couple when they are together, although Tavin in the beginning really annoyed me. When Emmalyne's father breaks their engagement, Tavin doesn't put up much of a fight, he just seems to let her go. That seemed kind of odd given the fact that he was supposed to have this great love for her. Emmalyne in my opinion did the only thing that she could do, which was stay home and take care of the family as her father wanted. Although throughout the book she does question what it means to honor your father and mother and if she did the right thing in staying with her family instead of running off and eloping with Tavin which is what he wanted. It raises some interesting questions about where that line is drawn in obeying God and obeying your parents.
Emmaylne's father Luthias and Tavin's father Robert were the great contrast in how human beings handle tragedy in their lives. Luthias, who turned away from God and his family, becoming selfish and bitter, while Robert embraced God's love and lets Him help him through it.
I really thought the author did a marvelous job in how she handled the two characters that were dealing with deep depression. The confusion of the two families on how then handled it, the discussions about how mental illness was handled by most doctors of the time, but what I found most interesting was Dr. Williams and the "new" ideas that he brought to the table.
There were a couple of loose ends that I wished the author would have addressed, but all in all it was a decent book and I will definitely recommend this book to other readers.
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.)