Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Miner's Lady ~ A Book Review

You probably know from my other book reviews that I love Tracie Peterson.   I absolutely adore her writing and I think her covers are beautifully done.  This review is for The Miner's Lady.

When Chantel Panetta's younger sister claims to be in love with Orlando Calarco, Chantel knows there is no hope. The Panettas and Calarcos have been sworn enemies for decades, and young love cannot heal the deep wounds between the two iron-mining families. Yet, unable to resist Isabella's pleas, Chantel agrees to help her sister spend time with Orlando...only to have a run-in with Dante, Orlando's brother.

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?

My Review:
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

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