Second in Tracie Peterson's series, I liked this book better than the first. I liked the characters and the storyline. I especially liked the theme of no situation is too impossible for our God and it is never too late with our God, his timing is perfect. If you read this book I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Tracey Peterson's The Quarryman's Bride is a very good story about a young woman who chooses to honor her G-d at the expense of her own love. Emmylyne and Tavin are only weeks from their wedding, when tragedy strikes and Emmylyne's 2 little sisters are killed. Now she is the youngest remaining daughter and her father demands that she follow family tradition and remain single to care for her parents. Following Biblical command to obey her parents, she bids Tavin farewell and moves to Minneapolis with her parents.
Eleven years later she and her family return, but they need G-d to perform a miracle. Tavin has also been gone and returns home within days of Emmylyne...does G-d have a plan for them?
I love this story, first because it is set in Minnesota and second because it is a wonderful story of the power of forgiveness
This book is a deep, gritty story of a girl torn between love and duty to her parents. When she makes the choice to do her duty, she has only a life of servitude ahead of her. She makes the best of things and her faith in God is what is sustaining her - that and not thinking of what might have been. But what will happen when Emmalyne and Tavin are suddenly living near each other?
For Tavin's part, he has to work through the bitterness and hate that has overtaken him and learn to forgive those who have wronged him before he can hope to find peace. The author did a good job of this without either making it seem trite or making him into a horrid character no one could like or identify with.
This is the second book in the Land of Shining Water's Series. They are stand alone stories so they don't need to be read in any particular order.
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Emmalyne Knox is torn between the love of her heart, Tavin, and the duty she feels to her family thanks to an age old tradition. When a tornado destroys the Knox's home town and kills two of Emmalyne's younger sisters, her father becomes unrelenting in his harshness and bitterness. Tavin and Emmalyne were to be married soon, and due to this tragic event they are torn asunder through guilt and pressure of her family.
11 long years pass before Tavin and Emmalyne are reunited. But this reaquaintance isn't wonderful. Many buried feelings of hatred and despair have built walls around their hearts. Through the grace of God and time, Emmalyne and Tavin realize that their love is even stronger today than it was 11 years ago.
Go on a journey with Emmalyne and Tavin as they forge through their battles and the daily battles each of their family members face.
The Quarryman's Bride, by Tracie Peterson, is the second novel in the series, Land of Shining Water. This novel is the story of young love, sacrificial obedience, soul searching, and reconciling redemption.
Set in late 19th Century St. Cloud, Minnesota, tragedy strikes, tearing two families apart. Emmalyne Knox is forced to chose obedience to her father's wishes, over a life filled with love to the man of her dreams. Their wedding is called off, only weeks before the date, when her father uproots his family, moving to another state. After the passage of eleven years, the family unexpectedly returns to St. Cloud where Emmalyne is forced to revisit her past, though events have changed the lives of people she once held dear. Circumstances cause Emmalyne to examine her heart and the feelings she has toward her father. She is also forced to confront her greatest fear, seeing the man she left behind all those years ago. Is there any hope that love has remained constant, through heartache and time?
While I enjoy reading novels by this author, I did feel that the book moved very quickly at the beginning; I struggled with the hasty transition. However, she worked to redeem herself after the eleven year lapse between chapters one and two. The book was not entirely predictable, though some parts seemed a little forced and didn't seem to flow. The book lent itself to being a good love story. There are some historical references throughout, as well as some minimal insight into the time period, but nothing extensive. Overall, I thought it was a nice book and an enjoyable read. I would recommend it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of review. All thoughts in this review are my own.