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Chantel can't deny the attraction that flares when she's with Dante. But ...
Chantel can't deny the attraction that flares when she's with Dante. But when a tragedy occurs at the mine, is there any hope that the hatred that has simmered between these two families might be resolved? Or will Chantel and Isabella's hope for love be buried amidst decades of misunderstanding?
"In Peterson's latest Land of Shining Water novel, the reader can't help but draw comparisons to Romeo and Juliet. However, with not only one, but two pairs of star-crossed lovers, the level of intrigue is definitely heightened. There is plenty of drama and excitement to keep fans engaged and flipping to the next page." --RT Book Reviews
"Peterson fans, new and existing, are sure to enjoy The Miner's Lady." - Fresh Fiction
"Peterson delivers another solid historical romance, and fans will be eager to read the next installment in her frontier series." --Library Journal
Posted December 19, 2013
The “Miner’s Lady” is the third book in the series of “The Land of Shining Water” but it can be read independently. It’s a story about the Panetta and Calacro familes who have been feuding for years. As the story unfolds your heart breaks for the two young people who are in love and have to meet secretly. When they are found out Isabella pleads with her older sister, Chantel, to help her spend time with Orlando. Unable to resist her sisters pleas, Chantel agrees to help, only to find herself falling in love with Orlando’s brother, Dante.
Can the misunderstanding between these two families be resolved before it tears these young couples apart?
The author, Tracie Peterson writes a captivating story that demonstrates that through God amazing grace, mercy and power unbelievable things can happen, but first you must place your trust in him.
Ms. Peterson transports you back in time to a small mining town where age old grudges can divide families and neighbours. As her characters grow spiritually and emotionally you come to love them like friends. All to often the story of God’s love gets lost when hurt and anger reigns in our lives. Ms. Peterson keeps the importance of sharing our faith in the forefront through various characters in her story who despite everything that has happened, keep God central in their lives.
I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys drama and suspense, as you will find all this and more in “The Miner’s Lady”.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Posted November 25, 2013
This is a good book. Reminds me of the Romeo and Juliet story. Chantel's sister falls in love with a young man named Orlando Calarco. The only problem is that there is a rivarly between their families. Chantel agrees to help the young lovers. Orlando's brother, Dante tries to seperate them knowing his father won't argree to the wedding. After sometime Dante and Chantel start to have feelings for each other. Worth reading alot. I will read this series again. I hope there are more books like this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2013
A heartwarming look at what trusting God can do.
I received a free copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Isabella Panetta has fallen in love with Orlando Calarco. She is asking her older sister Chantel to help her sneak away to spend a few minutes. The only problem is that Panettas and the Calarcos have been sworm enemies for decades. As Chantel tries to help Isabella and Orlando have time together she keeps crossing paths with Orlando’s older brother, Dante. As the families deal with the aftermath of finding out about the young couples’ love for each other they find that they also have to deal with a tragedy at the mine that the men all work at in Ely, Minnesota. Is there any hope that the hatred that has simmered between these two families might be resolved?
Tracie Peterson is an award winning author and therefore it is no surprise that she has written incredible characters that quickly wormed their way into my heart. The story she developed for this book takes a very long and deep look at what unforgiveness can do to people. I was quickly drawn in and found that I needed to see how God was going to work in their lives to bring about changes. It was a very satisfying book and I was taken on quite an emotional journey along with the characters.
There were a number of the characters that had a strong faith in God from the very beginning. There others that didn’t see a need for Him. Throughout the book those who trusted God were encouraging the others to either trust Him more or to begin to trust Him. I found this to be very encouraging and uplifting to read.
Posted November 14, 2013
Posted November 15, 2013
I heard somewhere that The Miner's Lady was very loosely based on, or at least reminded readers of, Romeo & Juliet. They were right, the basic story is the same. But I liked this version so much better than any of the others I have run across so far. In my opinion this is the best book by Tracie Peterson since her Alaskan series's and The Brides Of Gallatin County series! The author has been so prolific that in recent years some of the stories have seemed almost a little rote, The Miner's Lady was fresh and different.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book There is romance, drama, humor, danger.
The historical details are believable and the story is richly interspersed with them. The turn-of-the-century mining practices are fascinating, Dante, his father and brother are blasting (explosives) experts at the mine. Full of history and details that are not overwhelming but remain interesting from the first page to the last.
The romance was fun and snappy. Neither the heroine, Chantel, nor the hero, Dante, like each other at first and the two spend some time sparring before finally falling in love. Kind and loving, Chantel is also no pushover. Dante is a dutiful and responsible son but he is a determined man as well. The sparks between them come from more than one source.
One of the things I found interesting, and well done, was the depiction of the two different families. Both are Italian and proud of it and both are still bound by a feud that neither family can really remember the origins. But there are big differences, the Calarcos have seen the pain of loss and God is distant to all but Nonna Barbato, the Panettas are a complete family and the women devout. How will both families handle the love and likely marriage of not one set of children but two? And what will happen when tragedy strikes, will the Pannettas cling to God and will the Calarcos find Him?
This is the third book in the Land Of Shining Water series but each one stands alone and can be read in any order. Even if you haven't read the other two yet, definitely read this one! The Miner's Lady is perfect for lovers of historical fiction and especially fans of Tracie Peterson.
This book even has one of the best cover designs of 2013! The Bethany House team has done a great job on each of the covers for the trilogy.
(I received a copy of this book from the Publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
Posted October 25, 2013
I’ve come to expect only the best from Tracie Peterson and The Miner’s Lady was no exception. A Romeo and Juliet style family feud between two Italian immigrant families is the backdrop for Peterson’s newest novel. What’s not to love?
Chantel Panetta returns from a trip Italy to find that her sister Isabella is in love and plans to marry Orlando Calarco. This would be a joyous occasion if it weren’t for one small detail. The Panettas and Calarcos are in the middle of an intense, hateful family feud. Isabella and Orlando believe their love is exactly what is needed to heal the rift between their families but Chantel is less than certain. Matters only get worse Orlando’s maddening older brother Dante demands the pair stop seeing each other. After Mr. Panetta survives a mining accident he believes God is calling him to end the feud but Mr. Calarco refuses and things quickly spiral out of control.
This story had me hooked form the very first chapter and after that I couldn’t be stopped. Chantel is a charming heroine who is willing to make great sacrifices to secure her sister’s happiness and to do what she feels is right in the eyes of God. The interactions and romance between her and Dante are enjoyable and sweet without suffering from insta-love. Dante spends much of the book torn between loyalty to his father and the ridiculousness of the quarrel between these two families. However, as he starts to let go of his dislike for the Panettas and spends time in their company his true personality shines. I loved his sense of humor and how sweet he was with his grandmother. Speaking of Nonna Barbato, she has got to be, hands down, my favorite character. She has spunk, sass and a no nonsense attitude that really made me love her more every time she was on the page.
The only thing I didn’t care for was secondary storyline involving Marco Panetta and the owner of a local saloon that never panned out and ended up seeming rather pointless to me. I enjoyed Marco story but it just never seemed to fit in with the rest of the book.
The lessons of forgiveness and love were very well done without seeming pushy and the characters were fleshed out excellently. I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend this read.
***I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***
Posted October 22, 2013
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.
Posted October 8, 2013
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!
Posted October 7, 2013
I really loved this book, as I have each and every one of Tracie Peterson's books. Her writing is exceptionally done. The information is well researched and I never cease to learn new things about a culture or way of life during the time period she's writing about.
I haven't read the other 2 books in the Land of Shining Water Series and I don't feel that it was necessary to do so in order to read this one, which is the third in the series. I do plan to go back and read the earlier ones for sure though.
Almost all of the characters in the book are relatable and likeable. I particularly like Chantel and her family. They are a loving family who cares for each other with compassion through difficult circumstances and trauma. The parents are supportive of their daughters and new experiences even as they embrace their Italian traditions with their whole heart. The food aspect of the book was so detailed, it made my mouth water for authentic Italian cooking and baking!
Dante and his Father have a long ways to go to accept the new ideas, as their hearts are pretty hard and use tradition as a way of controlling others. I adored Dante's grandmother. She was delightful.
Dante and Chantel's relationship feels authentic and I was really rooting for them all the way though the book. The description of the cultural traditions performed at a wedding ceremony were heartwarming and made me desire to have that same sort of community embrace for my own marriage. It was really very special.
I warmly recommend The Miner's Lady as a worthy read...especially perfect to cuddle up with on a cold winter day.
In exchange for my honest review, I received a copy of the book from Bethany House
Posted September 24, 2013
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.
Posted September 24, 2013
The Miner's Lady, A Captivating Read about America's Italian Immigrants
As the third book of Tracie Peterson’s Land of Shining Water series, The Miner’s Lady introduces us to the Italian population that immigrated to Minnesota. Peterson introduces the Italian culture through the Calarco and Panetta families who emigrated from the same area of Italy. While they have a motherland in common, they stoke an old feud between their families. Peterson adeptly show us how cultural ties traveled with the people who settled Minnesota. She shows how they brought their strength and resolve, and often how they brought their passions that both help and interfere with their new lives in America.
As a main protagonist, the young woman Chantel Panetta has returned from a long trip to Italy to discover that her younger sister has fallen for Orlando Calarco. Still influenced by the old feud, Chantel is reluctant to support Isabella in her new romance. Slowly though, sisterly affection overrides old traditions and Chantel sees that Isabella and Orlando are right to put the hard feelings of their families behind them. But resolve, however well meant, does not seem enough to help their parents see the futility of the feud.
Once again it didn’t take long for Peterson to draw me into another intense historical drama, where she shows us the strength the immigrants brought to Minnesota as they labored in the iron mines and their families who worked hard to adapt to a new life in America. She captured well the harshness of God fearing people struggling to choose right while living in the midst of hardened mining towns that encourage vice. With romance mixed with adventure Peterson takes us into the dangers of the iron mines and into the hearts that struggle with harmful traditions.
In my opinion, Chantel embodies well the promise that America gave to many immigrants who found more freedom to think for themselves and embrace a new life that included the best of their old cultures. Bethany House Publishing sent me a complimentary copy of The Miner’s Lady by Tracie Peterson to review.
Posted September 24, 2013
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The Miner's Lady is the third in the land of shining water series by Tracie Peterson. I didn't know this when I selected this book to review for Bethany House or I probably would have chosen a different book. (Because I don't normally start a series in the middle :) But im glad now I got this one because it was very interesting! I found out all the other books in this series are about different people so it wasn't confusing. The Miner's Lady is set in Ely, a small mining town in Minnesota, the year of 1890. And is centered around two Itailan miner familys, the Calarco's and the Penetta's. Who have been sworn enemies for decades . When Isabella Penetta falls in love with Orlando Calarco. Isabella's only sister, Chantel, thinks there is no hope. But unable to resist Isabellas pleas. She agrees to help her spend time with Orlando. Only to have a run-in with Orlando's Older brother Dante. Will the family's be able to make peace, or will Chantel and Isabella's hope for love be buried amidst decades of misunderstanding? I liked this book but some parts didn't seem to tie-in very well, Like Chantel and Isabella's brother Marco's story. At first it seemed like it could go somewhere but then it never developed. And it didn't seem to have anything to do with the rest of the plot. all in all though I think this book was worth reading it was more slow paced and relaxed than some books, which is nice for a change.
*Book has been provided courtesy of Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Posted September 22, 2013
This has been a great series to read and I love the history of Minnesota and all the families we have met along the way. In this story the family feud reminded of the long standing feud between the Hatfields and the Mccoys which I have always been intrigued by. As always Tracie's characters are very strong. In this book we also got a touch of Italy which I enjoyed. The author also does a good job of describing each scene so you feel as if you are right there in the moment. I also enjoyed the romance aspect of the book. A must read.
Posted September 21, 2013
The Miner's Lady is the third book in the Land of Shining Water series, again. It might not surprise you at this time that I haven't read the other two. I didn't have a hard time reading and understanding so they are pretty standalone.
The main characters are Italian and in a romeo and juliet-esque feud. I thought the idea was cute, every one likes star crossed lovers once in a while. When I say Italian though, I mean Italian. Tracie Peterson went above and beyond. My mouth was quite literally watering through most of the book. Real Italian recipes and boy did they sound good. Italian wedding traditions, and realistic broken English all helped create the perfect tone. However, the characters spoke in Italian. I don't know Italian. I had some issues in that regard. It wasn't to bad, but still pretty annoying. I wanted to know what they were saying, and I had to spend extra time trying to find clues or look it up.
Other than that it was pretty good. I found that while we are introduced to one couple, we see no real development there, and there isn't a lot of relationship development with the other forming couple either. But, there was tremendous individual character development, that was done realistically and well. Overall I was pleased with the book.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Posted September 18, 2013
Another winner by Tracie Peterson! A feud between families finally comes to a head. Isabella Panetta and Orlando Calarco fall in love the coals are stirred and the fire blazes. Orlando's older brother tries to put an end to their relationship he finds himself falling for Chantel Panetta.
You'll find great characters with lots of problems, addiction, poverty. The author handles them beautifully and gives us a heartwarming romance novel.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted September 16, 2013
Tracie didn't fail, I really enjoyed this book
The Panetta's and the Calarco's families have been bitter enemies for generations, since before they both moved to America and started working in the mine fields. The newest generation only knew that their great-great-grandfathers were best friends until they fought over a mule, since each generation got more bitter toward the 'other' family. Chantel Panetta has just returned home from her year in Italy visiting her grandparents to find out her sister, Isabella, has a secret, she's in love with Orlando Calarco! Not only are they in love with each other, Isabella wants Chantel to help cover up their secret meetings by distracting Orlando's older brother Dante when she goes to meet Orlando.
Chantel and Dante are bound to follow in the family traditions of detesting each other. After a mining accident Chantel's dad is ready to forgive the Calarco family but Dante and his father are not ready to forgive the Panetta family. Isabella and Orlando run off with Chantel's help when they find out Orlando's father is going to send him to Italy to get him away from Isabella. Chantel follows the couple first to warn them that Dante is looking for Orlando to take him back home and Dante follows Chantel, without her knowing it, to find Dante, then the sparks fly in more ways than one. When Dante wakes to find Orlando missing again and that Chantel helped the couple escape you can only imagine the anger he has.
This reminds me of the Hatfield and McCoys, lol, it was a fun book to read. Chantel and Dante seem to be very strong characters and keep the story moving along. You'll have to read and see what happens with the two sisters and two brothers along with the rest of the family from both families.
I really enjoyed this series with each book being completely different but really interesting and entertaining. I would suggest this series for my friends to read.
Posted September 10, 2013
*I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.*
Warring families…Star-crossed lovers…Romeo and Juliet?
In the city of Ely, Minnesota, men provide for their families by putting their lives in danger every day and going to the mines. With long shifts and less-than-safe working conditions, the very real possibility of tragedy threatens men and their families on a daily basis. This dangerous and grueling work provides an interesting backdrop in Tracie Peterson’s latest offering.
Unfortunately, this book was a difficult read. I had a rough time getting interested in the book and caring about the characters. The characters often felt one-dimensional and the dialogue was redundant. There was a constant focus on the feud between the Panetta and Calarco families, peace that would never exist, and extreme family loyalty. It became tiresome to read page after page.
However, the book has its merits as well. I really enjoyed the glimpses we saw into Isabella and Orlando’s relationship. They truly loved each other, and were willing to do whatever it took to stay together. Their commitment to each other was beautiful and uplifting.
Overall, this book has a strong message that love breaks through walls of anger and bitterness. Forgiveness heals deep wounds.