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Posted May 13, 2014
This book was really different in a way of a Romance book. You some what learn to keep faith along with hope. Some things really happen once tragically happen to one particular family. Things begin to change though out the book. Doe god start to heal their hearts and wounds?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2013
This was an extremely difficult book for me to review. First of all, it is a historical romance, and it written by one of the my favorite Christian authors. I was enthralled with the Christian message and sound Biblical theology, and I the exceptional writing captured my mind and spirit. I was able to connect with much of the story, and I found myself actually caring about what each character was experiencing within the story. Though a sweet, clean romance, there are some realistic portions where the author deals with mental illness, union activities, and the questioning of God's goodness. The book has most of the elements to make it an outstanding story.
I struggled to separate my dislike of a few of the story elements from the actual review of the book. I did not like the ending, and I wished that happy endings were not so expected in romances. I was hoping for an open-ended conclusion and possibly a sequel in order to solve the love triangle. Redemption is a part of the story, but I just felt that some of the story seemed contrived. An organic story where things don't always happen like they should would have resonated with me better. I just never liked Tavin. Give me the doctor any day!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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Posted October 6, 2013
Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were engaged to be married. However, a horrible disaster that took the lives of Emmalyne's young sisters put a stop to that immediately. An age old tradition of the Knox family states that the youngest daughter will not marry but instead take care of her parents in their old age. As Emmalyne's heart sinks she cannot bear to let her parents down and takes on the selfless act of giving up her one true love and future to honor her family's tradition.
The Knox family moves away taking with them all of Emmalyne's hopes and dreams but leaving behind her heart. After eleven years circumstances bring the Knox family side by side working with the MacLachlan family and Emmalyne's and Tavin's paths cross again. The only question to remain is will true love conquer all?
I LOVED this book. This was right up my alley and I enjoyed every minute of it. True love at it's best. I felt the author did a fantastic job on the whole novel. Even explaining day to day duties will take you inside the feelings of Emmalyne and other characters in the novel. In the 1800s, before, and likely after family traditions were often put above all else. Very few dared to go against age old traditions and instead accepted them as their lot in life good or bad. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen with Emmalyne and Tavin throughout the novel. Honestly I couldn't read a page fast enough to find out what would happen next. The other characters in the novel such as Fenella, Emmalyne's mother, etc., were also just as interesting. There are a few surprise character's included but it helped boost the story and make it all much more intriguing. This book is filled with happiness, sadness, devastation, intrigue, and love at both it's worst and finest. I can't wait to read the other novels in the series. I felt the entire novel was completely believable and I didn't have trouble following any of it. I definitely recommend this book to all you historical Christian romance readers or just historical romance readers in general! I was right back in the 1800s with this novel and couldn't wait to see how things would turn out.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Posted August 26, 2013
Tracie did an excellent job!
Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan had loved each other since childhood and they were to be married in a few weeks when tragedy strikes, a tornado struck and tore their farm to shreds and killed her two younger sisters along with many others in the area. The MacLachlan's took the Knox family in until they could rebuild their home. Unfortunately Emmalyne's dad had other ideas, at the grave site after the funeral he informed the rest of the family that they would be moving that day to Minneapolis, Minnesota and Emmalyne would not be getting married. Since her younger sisters were now dead and her two older sisters were already married it was her responsibility to remain with the family to care for her mother and dad. Emmalyne had a younger brother but the responsibility fell to the youngest girl in the family.
The MacLachlan's convinced the Knox's to wait and leave the next morning, that night Tavin and his sister tried to get Emmalyne to elope but she refused. She was broken hearted and knew Tavin was too but she felt that the Bible made it clear that she had to honor and obey her father. Once they left town, Tavin left too, moving all over, doing different types of jobs, anything to try and forget Emmalyne, he rarely even wrote home. Letters from home rarely reached him but when the one telling about his father being ill and his brother-in-law being killed leaving his sister gravely depressed did he decided to return home, 11 years later.
Eleven years later is when the Knox family returns to St Cloud, Minnesota because of a job offer by Tavin's dad who'd bought a quarry. Robert MacLachlan found a very run down farm for the Knox's to rent and put Gillam to work while Emmalyn works like a slave to make the house livable. When Robert asked Gillam to come and work for him he had no idea Tavin would soon be returning home, so the day Tavin walked into the office at the quarry Gillam was not happy and told Tavin to stay away from his daughter.
Oh Tracie, you did a fantastic job of getting my dander up when it comes to Gillam Knox! I could have just slapped him silly if he was near me, lol, I just wanted to yank him right out of that book and knock some 'feelings' into him. The way Emmalyne did what her dad ordered her to do is to be admired, but at the same time I think she did it for more for her mother's sake. If it wasn't for Emmalyne and her faith I don't know what would have happened to her mother, I'm not sure she would have lived, I think she would have died from a broken heart.
I would highly suggest this book to my reading friends, I think Emmalyne shows more strength and faith than I would have had. She gave up a lot, what would have probably been a happy life in exchange for a life of emotional abuse.
Posted August 18, 2013
When tragedy strikes, what do you do? Do you follow your heart or do you follow family tradition? Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlin had always loved each other and were soon to be married. When tragedy strikes the Knox Family, Emmalyne is forced to make a choice…marry the love of her life or follow tradition and stay at home to care for her parents.
An age old tradition mandates that the youngest daughter remains single to care for her parents. Now that her sisters are dead, it falls on Emmalyne to care for her aging parents. Despite Tavin’s pleas to defy her father’s wishes Emmalyne chooses to obey her father. Heartbroken she breaks off her engagement to Tavin and moves away with her family. Tavin, grief-stricken, leaves town to find his own way in the world.
Years later, Emmalyne meets up again with Taven after her father returns to work in the Quarry Business. Even though they have been separated by miles and by years, they discover that they still love each other. Emmalyne and Tavin dream of having a future together, but the obstacles they face make it seem impossible. Will they have the faith to surrender to the plan God has for them?
This book by Tracie Peterson is well written. She does use the Scot/Welch brogue which can be a bit difficult to follow, but as you read along it all falls into place so that you can understand it. It was a hard book to put down. Ms. Peterson keeps you on edge to find out what is going to happen next.
It holds many Christian values that I can apply to my own life. It shows that by putting your trust in God all this will work out the way that is best for you and shows that God always knows what is best for you. God will look after his only if we put our trust in Him.
This is the second book in the Land of Shining Water series. It is a stand-along book that I would highly recommend this book to any reader who likes romance stories that teach Christian values.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Posted August 17, 2013
Isn’t this cover gorgeous?! I love it, it’s one of the reasons I decided to read.
I always say not to choose a book based on the cover but sometimes it works out! This is one of those times!
I really enjoyed this book. It was the first I’ve ever read by the author but I’ll definitely be picking up more of this series in the future.
This story deals with a lot of grief and loss as well as mental illness. I thought that it was fairly realistic and didn’t lead to false illusions to what can happen when a person suffers from a mental break and while I was very sad for how some of the story concluded; I felt that it was realistic and that folks could connect to this very human and realistic element.
Posted August 4, 2013
Tracie Peterson has done it again! The Quarryman's Bride, the second book in her Land of Shining Waters series, is a historical novel set in St. Cloud, Minnesota , in 1886. As in her first book of this series, The Icecutter's Daughter, her research of the culture of this period paints mental portraits of the scenes and characters flowing through these pages. I appreciate the strength of the women in her novels, even when depression has crept into the mind of the mother of the main character in the saga of this book. Although this is a love story, it is also a reflection of the Minnesota quarry business. These thought provoking questions are asked of the reader, "To what degree are we required to honor our parents?" and "Will our actions today effect future generations?"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2013
A sweet historical with some very important lessons.
I have been enjoying Tracie Peterson's books for several years. Hers were some of the earliest Christian Fiction that I read as a young teenager looking for good and clean books to feed my reading habit. I have never been disappointed in any of Tracie's historicals and The Quarryman's Bride lived up to and even exceeded my expectations.
The characters were interesting and varied. All of them had problems of some kind that they had to work through and attempt, with God's help, to overcome. There is redemption and happy endings for some but not others, I really appreciated the touch of reality in that.
Emmalyne sometimes seemed a little too good but I think that was because she actually tried to do the truly Christian thing. Her father makes things very difficult for her but when she realizes her bitterness towards him she tries change her heart and attitude through prayer and actions. Her care tender of her mother is admirable and touching.
Tavin was a little bit of a different hero in Christian Fiction. He has quite a temper and isn't the usual easy-going, understanding guy. He is honest and the other characters know where they stand with him, if he likes them they know it and if he doesn't, well, they figure it out pretty quick. He is also faithful to Emmalyne, even though he harbors resentment for her obedience to her father, he doesn't rush out and marry someone else, instead has buried himself in work for over ten years.
The Quarryman's Bride was well researched. I learned little details about quarrying and the transport of the finished product. I love historical fiction but get impatient when an author spends more time describing fashions than actual history. To me, historical fiction should impart historical fact and information in an entertaining and easy to read manner. The Quarryman's Bride did this very well, I learned but it wasn't a bunch of dry and boring dates.
Another thing I liked about this book is the location. We have all read the stories in New York, Texas, California etc. so it was really nice to read about place that doesn't really get much page time in fiction. Tracie's descriptions of Minnesota, specifically the St. Cloud area, are lovely and informative. That little movie-screen-in-my-head was whirring busily with this book, it took a few seconds to readjust my thinking to my own home and yard.
To sum up, Tracie Peterson has another winner and a fun read in The Quarryman's Bride. If you enjoy historical fiction that check out this book.
(I received this book from BethanyHouse in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
Posted July 17, 2013
Emmalyne Knox sacrifices her love to take care of her parents after the tragic death of her two youngest sisters. Tavin MacLachlan, her fiancée, feels her rejection when their wedding is called off. "The tradition" has forced Emmalyne to turn away from love. What is God's plan for these two star-crossed lovers when they meet after eleven years? Tracie Peterson writes a story filled with love, hope and faith. I was touched by the devotion to family and to God that these characters showed. The author has the ability to paint a vivid picture of life and work around the quarry. We are drawn into a world where people face difficult challenges but are able to find contentment through their trust in a higher power. This is a wonderful story that left me filled with contentment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2013
I knew this book wouldn’t let me down for a good wholesome romance, but, of course, with some mystery and drama wrapped in! I really enjoyed the first novel and the characters in it, and thankfully I enjoyed this story and these characters as well. I think I’ve always been a suck for the “one that got away” stories, and I loved the value that was places on family and duty in this novel and the fight that everyone has with these characteristics in their lives verses their heart. It had me crying, and had my hoping for the main characters. It was a book that I rather enjoyed reading and wouldn’t mind reading another book in the series.
The characters.--They were equally different and similar.
There were some slow moments in the novel where I did find myself easily distracted.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall this book was an enjoyable read. Bethany House publishing has yet to let me down with their historical romance novels, and this book is no exception. I found myself relating the characters and to their situations (a little bit). I smiled, I cried, and my heart fluttered with anticipation while reading this novel.
This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.