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The Miner's Lady (Land of Shining Water Series #3)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    It¿s no secret that I¿m a huge Tracie Peterson fan. Her ability

    It’s no secret that I’m a huge Tracie Peterson fan. Her ability to intertwine historical elements with fiction is always surprising. The Miner’s Lady, book three in the Land of Shining Water series, is no exception. I was a bit concerned with the storyline as the beginning played out a bit like Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet – the Panetta’s and Calarco’s are Italian even! – but the story did become its own.
    I will say that I struggled with the Italian background of these two families. Ms. Peterson’s signature accents and character-specific colloquialisms didn’t quite strike the same cord as her previous two – The Icecutter’s Daughter and The Quarryman’s Bride.
    The easy-read novel did have a few twists I wasn’t anticipating that literally made me gasp aloud as I read – Ms. Peterson definitely has a knack for adding adventure to a genre that is generally even-keeled.
    I loved Chantel: strong, opinionated, passionate and Orlando: stubborn, firm, caring – and their slow burning attraction. The author’s way with words always add to moments both tender and tough.
    And, can we talk about the cover for a moment. This series has the most striking cover art! That rustic coal shack nestled beneath a brilliant sky – makes the coal mining town of Ely seem like quite the destination.
    Overall, the Land of Shining Water has not disappointed but my favorite, by far, is still The IceCutter’s Daughter… I’m not sure if this is just a story that’s dear to my heart or if the cold Minnesota winter seemed so like my own here in Wisconsin, but nonetheless, Tracie Petersons latest series should find their way to your To-Be-Read pile.

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

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    Before I start my review I want to say that I am big fan of Trac

    Before I start my review I want to say that I am big fan of Tracie's novels and have only read a few that I did not enjoy. Unfortunately though "The Miner's Lady" was not her best compared to her other novels and I was very disappointed.

    To begin with I had a hard time relating to Chantel in the first half of the book and was confused through much of the beginning. The synopsis said it going to be about Chantel, but I felt there was such a focus on Isabella that it seemed more of her story. Granted I do understand that the reader had to understand the back story of why Isabella's romance was such a big deal, but I wish there would have been more focus on Chantel in the beginning so that I could relate more to her instead of Isabella.

    Something else I was very surprised about is that I felt there was not really a growing romance. It seemed to me that Chantel and her love interest barely had interactions with one another when they started having thoughts of wanting to marry the other! This truly shocked me because there romance didn't even really become a romance until over halfway through the book! I know later on in the story that much of Chantel's relationship with her lover happened "off the pages," but I was really hoping there would have been more of a growing attraction like Tracie has done in previous novels.

    However, something Tracie has never failed to deliver in any of her novels that I appreciate about her is she tells the message of Christ! In each novel she writes there is always a unique Biblical message that can be applied to our lives and this one definitely doesn't fall short of that! Also, I really respect Tracie in the research she puts into her novels, especially in this one concerning the Italian foods! She had my mouth watering in many parts when describing the variety of foods!

    Overall, it was a good novel with a great message. I give it 3 out of 5 stars!

    I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    I've read three other of Tracie Peterson's books, and by those I

    I've read three other of Tracie Peterson's books, and by those I chose this book because I loved them. When I began the book, I was excited to be taken on another adventure in American 1800s.
    Miss Peterson creates a sweet if not slightly cliche story about feuding Italian immigrants in a small town in Minnesota. Her characters are engaging and can be easily related to, which I enjoyed very much.

    However, this story is rather slow. It takes until chapter 6 for really *anything* to happen, and then that event sizzles down and it takes another 12 chapters for the turning event to happen. That may not seem so horrible, however when reading it, I only experienced boredom. The in-between chapters are filled with hardly anything but talk, half of it repeating what we as readers already know. That being said, once we do hit chapter 18 (out of 28), the story becomes much more engaging and I felt compelled to find out what happens with the characters.

    This wouldn't be my go-to "recommend book," however I would recommend it to others if they asked. 

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