Monday, June 24, 2013

They Quarryman's Bride by Trace Peterson Book Review

*Disclosure- I received a free copy of the novel from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book:

Emmalyne Knox has always loved Tavin MacLachlan. But when tragedy strikes her family, Emmalyne's father declares she can no longer marry. Despite Tavin's pleas to defy the decisions, Emmalyne refuses. In her act of obedience, she gives up the future she'd always dreamed of.

When Emmalyne's father returns to the quarry business years later, Tavin and Emmalyne meet again. And though circumstances have changed in both of their lives, they cannot deny the feelings that still exit.

Can Emmalyne find a way to heal the decade-long wound that has fractured the two families...and change the hearts of those who stand in the way of true love?

My thoughts:

The book opens as seventeen year old Emmalyne Knox's family is struck by a huge tragedy. It takes a huge toll on the family and causes her father to call off her impending wedding to Tavin MacLachan due to an old family tradition and his own bitter sadness. Despite Tavin's protests and his trying to persuade her to marry him anyway, Emmalyne feels she must be obedient to her parents and does as they wish. The family moves  to Minneapolis. Eleven years later, her father receives a job opportunity back in St. Cloud. Emmalyne is nervous about the move back and the possibility of running in to Tavin, although the last time she corresponded with Tavin's sister, she said that he had left and they rarely hear from him. Emmalyne lost touch with her friend over the years and really doesn't know what Tavin's situation is. Did he marry? Did he come back to St. Cloud? Will she have to see him and suffer heart ache all over again? I enjoyed watching Emmalyne's story unfold, although if you do not like stories tinged with sadness, this is probably one you'd rather skip over as the majority of the book is poor Emmalyne dealing with her insufferable father and his mean and tyranical ways. After the Knoxs' move back to St. Cloud, there are several stories within the novel going on, which definitely makes things more interesting. I liked that Peterson allowed us to see both Tavin and Emmalyne's thoughts and feelings from their own prespectives. I did feel like some of the story was a little repetitive, but that is really my only complaint. I am a huge fan of historical fiction and this was definitely a new time period for me to read about (the story begins around 1886) and a new place (Minnesota) and that was refreshing. This was the first novel I have read by Peterson and I will definitely read many more. I think if you enjoy a good story of redemption and faith that you would really like The Quarryman's Bride.

About the author:

Tracie Peterson is the award winning author of more than 95 books! She was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Montana and enjoys spending time with family, especially her three grandchildren.

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