The Quarryman's Bride (Land of Shining Water Series #2)

The Quarryman's Bride (Land of Shining Water Series #2)

by Tracie Peterson


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764206207
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Series: Land of Shining Water Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 528,658
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 90 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana. Learn more at

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The Quarryman's Bride 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Held my interest from start to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed meeting everyone & watching God's grace changing them into people I really like. Excellent! No foul language.
mrsboone4 More than 1 year ago
A quick read (for me). A nice, historical Christian novel about a young couple-Emmalyne and Tavin who are betrothed, but a horrible tragedy strikes and Emmalyne's two younger sisters are killed in a tornado. Emmalyne's father breaks the betrothal, because it is a family tradition for the youngest daughter to sacrifice her own life to take care of her parents in their old age. Emmalyne and Tavin are devastated. Tavin doesn't understand why Emmalyne won't go against her father (who is a very hard man) and elope with him anyway. He goes away mad, Emmalyne stays with her parents & younger brother and takes care of them all. They are separated for 11.5 years (or so), until Tavin is summoned home by his parents. Emmalyne discovers the reasons that her father is so harsh & her mother starts to take more of an interest in life. She is mentored by their pastor, and finds that perhaps she has been praying for the wrong reasons. She begins to pray more for her father & asking God to let her learn to love her father and show him that she does indeed love him. Her father begins to soften and Emmalyne and Tavin's lives begin to change because of it. I will definitely read again and again.
Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
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?
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
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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ToriPeterson More than 1 year ago
::Description:: 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? ::My Thoughts:: 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. This book is available in Print Kindle Nook Audible ...and more! Make sure to check for other forms! :) 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.
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wfnren More than 1 year ago
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.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
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.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?"
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
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.)
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
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.
Jetches More than 1 year ago
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. Good: The characters.--They were equally different and similar.  Bad:  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.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I loved how Emmalyne Knox followed the Lord's Commandments, no matter the heartache that presented itself. With her heart broken she takes care of her Mother, and Brother and Father. At first I did not like the Father, what a grumpy personality. He sure is a "Me Person". Some of the things that have happened in his life are really tragic, but he needs to find his way back to God. Both his daughter and his wife feel he doesn't "Love" them, and he treats them that way. We meet more tragedy in this small MN community, it comes from different directions, and seems to be linking back to the Unions?? We also meet Emmalyne's former Fiancé, Travis MacLachlan. We read and can hear the deep brogue spoken, almost like we are there, through the author's writing. I loved hearing it. Will Emmalyne ever have her own personal happiness? Their is the new Dr in town who likes what he sees in her. Will her Mother ever be able to live again, so much grief and heartache. Will her Father ever come back to his Lord, and live a happy life? The answers are here in this wonderful read. I recommend you pick it up, you won't put it down until finished. I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson Ms Peterson has an outstanding understand of God's purpose of sharing His spritures and bring Glory to God at the same time. This is one of the best books I have read in a very long to make the facts plain, that God does not leave us to our own way. He is always by our side thru everything we walk thru, we only need to keep the commuication open between Him and us. This book shows how to rekindle the fire back by prayer and that there is hope for everyone who keep their eyes on God.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson 1880's, St. Cloud MN. Loved the first book in this series, The Icecutter's Daughter and the timeframe. Was so happy to learn I could get this one and the next. Emmalyne Knox and her father are staying at her fiancee Tavin MacLachlan family house due to the tornado that wiped out not only the younger girls but their house and Emmas' future. She can not marry-now it's her responsibility to care for her father and mother=because now she's the youngest in the family. She chooses to obey God and not her heart... 11 years later we find Emma, Angus her brother and parents moving back to St. Cloud. Mr. MacLachian has a house they can rent and she's learned Tavin probably went to Maine to find quarry work after they had left the area. The others in her family no longer had time for God, she still believed in his qualities to guide her in life. The new doctor Jason, comes to see to her mother's ailments and he is taken with Emma. Emma is busy cleaning and whitewashing the rooms downstairs as the house is a disaster. When Angus becomes sick the mother, Rowena seems to have spark in her life again along with her faith in God. The story also follows the MacLachian family and the hardships they endure at home with the sister and at work with union worker's problems and failure of equipment. Tavin is to return home and help his father run the quarry. He has furthered his career working with stone. He is still in love with her and will hate working where her father and brother work but he gave his father a promise he would work for the contract. Loved hearing how the stone is alive and can tell stories...Scotish traditions of churning the butter sound so magical-driving the fairies away. Love how things are solved, not with fists but talking. The priest also helps them to understand that they must have faith in God about all the circumstances that occur to them and friends. Others talk more freely of God also and that sways others to think about Him. Like that there are two families and few characters to keep track of-with a few others mixed in. So easy to keep track of the people. Love hearing all the detailed descriptions of things-I learned so much. Many scriptures are quoted to help aide them in decisions and their faith. I received this book from Net Galley via Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson in her new book "The Quarryman's Bride" Book Two in the Land Of Shining Water series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the lives of Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan. From the back cover: 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? I have to say I enjoy The Land Of Shining Water series by Tracie Peterson because Historical Fiction is what she does best. If you have read my reviews before you know that I like history and "The Quarryman's Bride" begins in 1886, Minnesota. This is a story about forgiveness, honor and restoration through the diligence of prayer. "The Quarryman's Bride" is a wonderful romance and the history is perfectly accurate giving a picture of simpler, slower times. Ms. Peterson is an amazing writer and she has given us a great story with plenty of believable characters that we root for to win. I liked this book and look forward to the next one in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Quarryman’s Bride didn’t last long enough As the second book in the Land of Shining Water series by Tracie Peterson, The Quarryman’s Bride caught my attention immediately in chapter 1. It was one of those books that I wish I could sit down and read from start to finish. The Land of Shining water series focuses on settlers in Minnesota during the late 1800’s just before the turn of the century. The first book in the series, The Icecutter’s Daughter, was full of action and intrigue. In contrast, The Quarryman’s Bride, focuses on main character Emmalyne Knox’s internal struggles to be a good daughter despite her hard family circumstances, and shattered disappointments. But, don’t anticipate a boring read because Peterson is a gifted storyteller that shows us the hearts’ of her characters while cleverly introducing us to Minnesota’s spirited pioneers. At age seventeen, Emmalyne Knox was almost a bride to her childhood sweetheart Tavin. When disaster kills her two sisters, Emmalyne’s mother retreats into depression to deal with her loss, while her father, already a harden man, becomes bitterly angry. In his anger Luthias severs his daughter’s engagement and leaves the area with his family. But fate and a good job cause the Know family to return to St. Cloud a decade later. Although older now, Emmalyne returns to her place of disappointed hopes, to learn that Tavin has also returned, but he is not the same loveable Tavin she knew. Instead, he is embittered and angry, much like her father. In her despair, and with the help of a caring friend, Emmalyne turns to God and finds hope for herself and her family, despite her hard life. Once again Tracie Peterson deftly shares the struggles of the human heart through her characters and shows us how hope in God can change our hearts and maybe even our lives. The Quarryman’s Bride is a poignant story of love and loss and healing. Bethany House Publishing sent me a complimentary copy of The Quarryman’s Bride by Tracie Peterson to review.
Griperang72 More than 1 year ago
Tracie has another winner with this book. As with all the books I have read by Tracie this is another that I could not put down. Her books read very quickly for me and I think some of it is because she makes the characters really come to life. This book offers a bit of history, a bit of romance and a bit of the spiritual aspect and when all combined make for a great read. I felt for Emmalyne giving up her dream to marry when her father said to after tragedy struck. But she is given a second chance at love when she meets Tavin again. I did not like her father so much but then I think he may have been trying to do what he thought was right for his family. I look forward to the next book in this series. 
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Lit Fuse and Tracie Peterson for sending me a copy of The Quarryman’s Bride. I am a huge fan of Tracie’s writing. I am excited to share the latest novel. Synopsis: Emmalyne is about to wed Tavin McLachlan when tragedy strikes her family. The two youngest daughters are causalities from a tornado. Their deaths especially affect the father. He decides that the wedding will not happen due to an old custom and Emmalyne feels she must obey, but feels conflicted about her feelings for Tavin. What will happen to Tavin? As the years go by how will she and Tavin reconcile their feelings? Is there any hope for the future? My Thoughts: Tracie is one of my favorite authors. She has a way of telling a story that grasps you from the beginning to the very end. The master of storytelling has mastered another tale. The development of conflict between the McLachlan family and the Knoxs that creates great emotion. You can see this through the struggles that Tavin, Emmalyne, and Mr. Knox. Any woman could identify with Emmalyne’s conflict between obeying her father and following her heart to Tavin McLachlan. My heart went out to her in this delimma and I wondered how she would maintain hope? This time the setting is in Minnesota and the lake of shinning waters. The writer is very descriptive of the time and the surroundings. I can’t wait to see more from Tracie. This novel is a treasure to read.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Land of Shining Water series #2 Emmalyne Knox and her family have suffered a great loss but Emmalyne is forced to suffer even more.  She is to break her promise of marriage to the love of her life Tavis MacLachlan to fulfill a Scottish tradition honoring her parents. She will see to her parents needs in their old age and she will never marry.  The love Tavis had for Emmie has now turned to an attitude of hatred which caused even more pain for Emmie.  As if all of this was not enough her father has decided to move to another state taking her further away from the quarry, Tavis and all her friends.  She wonders if her father has any love for God or his family .  Eleven years have passed and Emmie's father is moving their family back so he can work at the quarry owned by Tavis's father.  How will Tavis react to her family living a mere three miles from his parent's home?  This story caused me to have great sorrow for those under Emmalyne's father's tyranny.  The author has touched on a subject that has severe effects on a families emotional and physical being.  The character Emmie was created by the author to be a loyal daughter to her parents and to God.  The author shows how fear and loss of loved ones can eat a person alive until there is nothing left but bitterness.  Only God can heal such pain and that is how the author writes her story of love, forgiveness and reconciliation. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group/Bethany House and Litfuse Publicity Group for review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Life was perfect. Two families soon about to become part of each other. Tavin MacLachlan and Emmalyne Knox had just a couple weeks left before their much anticipated wedding. Until tragedy struck and now instead of a wedding, Emmalyne is attending a funeral. With the death of her two younger sisters in the tornado that came to St. Cloud, the tradition of remaining single and caring for her parents now falls on her shoulders. With that comes the end of all the dreams that Emmalyne and Tavin had for their future. There will be no changing her father's opinion. Now eleven years later, fate is about to intervene. Emmalyne's father returns the family to St. Cloud to being work at the quarry owned now by the MacLachlan family. He is offered a job and a home in exchange for moving back to St. Cloud, something Emmalyne never expected would happen. She wonders if Tavin has married and started a family of her own. She realizes that her future is now sealed with her family's long standing tradition of the third daughter carrying for the parents until they die and she knows there is nothing outside of a faithful prayer to God that anything might ever change. She has had her hands full in caring for her mother who seems lost in sadness after the loss of her daughters so many years ago. Is there a way to help her her mother or will she sit back and watch her fall deeper into depression? The last thing Tavin expected upon his return to St. Cloud was to be offered a job by his father upon his help completing their contract to fulfill a large quarry order. It will give him the independence he desires and enable him to be close to his family now that his sister Fenella is but a shell of her former self since losing her husband in a quarry accident. She must now remain locked in her room for fear of her hurting herself or her two young boys. Tavin's strength will be tested in ways he never imagined now that he has returned home. His greatest test will be how he will react when coming face to face with Emmalyne again. I received The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is truly a story about forgiveness, honor and restoration, not only for Tavin and Emmalyne who have both put their faith aside believing a truly loving God isn't capable of hurting those who love Him. It really does tell the story of why it seems that God allows bad things to happen to good people. There is hope and a restoration of faith through the diligence of prayer beginning with Emmalyne who feels that somehow God is still in the midst of everything she is going through and only through relying on Him will anything change in her family. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward in anticipation of the next novel in the Land Of Shining Waters Series. The Quarryman's Bride is Book 2, with The Icecutter's Daughter being the first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! The Scottish brouge was hard at first,but it got easier as I read on. Loved her name. So cute. Best book Ive read in a long time:)