Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Quarryman's Bride: A Book Review {Welcome to Minnesota}

The hubby and I are headed up to Minnesota (yes, I’m from Wisconsin and I say the “o” funny) tomorrow for a quick visit to friends and a tiny adventure up north. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with Tracie Peterson’s newest novel in the Land of Shining Water so you can have your own Minnesota adventure too!

From the Author’s Website:

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?
It’s no secret I am an avid fan of Tracie Peterson and, her last book The IceCutter’sDaughter, became a new favorite. Following Merrill’s story comes that of Emmalyne. I was excited for the next book in the series, hoping for more Minnesota adventure (I’m partial to the Midwest, what can I say) but found that the Quarryman’s Bride was quite a different read.

Emmalyne’s quiet nature and dutiful heart make for a gentler story and the inevitable meeting of her and Tavin is a bit drawn out. However, I enjoyed Ms. Peterson’s descriptive prose of daily chores, simple action and heartfelt duties carried out on the late 1800’s Minnesota land.

Tavin’s anger toward Emmalyne seems, at first, misplaced. But, I found that my sympathies for his broken heart grew as I read. His harsh words and dismissive attitude aren’t that unlike my own at times and, once again, the author’s gift for conviction and heart-change shone through.

The climax and remainder of the tender story is well-known by the reader before it happens, but eagerly welcomed none the less. And, I found that I liked the slower pace more than anticipated. A lovely read, once again, from Tracie Peterson.

***With thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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