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July 19, 2013

THE QUARRYMAN'S BRIDE by Tracie Peterson

THE QUARRYMAN'S BRIDE                                        5 STARS
Land of Shining Water, Book Two
by Tracie Peterson

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?

'Tradition'  - one coveted word and yet needed to be done away with.  This story takes place in 1897. As usual, Ms. Peterson writes another historic fiction book, Christian based.  This is the second book in the Land Of Shining Water series.  Book One was THE ICECUTTER'S DAUGHTER. Two small girls were killed during a tornado.  Combined with that and the 'Tradition', two people's lives were changed. A wedding to be ended right then and there. The 'Tradition' came from faith in the Bible. 

Emmalyne, the bride to be, could not go against her father or the 'Tradition'. Could the love last for years between Tavin and Emmalyne?  Maybe Tavin had found someone else.  The book describes the depression and how it had affected everyone.  Work at the quarry was being interfered with.  Was the Union behind it?  Or was it someone with an axe to grind?  There is so much  struggle, personal and family in this book.  But you can't put the book down,  You want Emmalyne to stand up for herself and call the 'Tradition' to a halt.  But instead she honors her father and loses her husband to be.  More conflict and tension as Emmalyne's father and Tavin begin working together at Tavin's father's quarry. The author makes the 19th century story come alive, as though you are there.  The author did another fine job and didn't  miss a beat.  The next book in this series is THE MINER'S LADY.  I would recommend this book to anyone.  It's marvelous, as usual.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

I received this complimentary copy of THE QUARRYMAN'S BRIDE by Tracie Peterson from Bethany House Publisher's for this unbiased review.


Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison

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