This review is a belated (due to surgery) contribution to a book tour. There is a contest connected to the tour which ends today, Monday 08 July. Tomorrow, Tuesday 09 July, you can also participate in a Facebook chat with Tracie Peterson.
Emmalyne Knox has always loved Tavin MacLachlan. But when tragedy strikes her family, Emmalyne’s father declares she can no longer marry. Despite Tavin’s pleas to defy the decision, Emmalyne refuses. In her act of obedience, she gives up the future she’d always dreamed of.
When Emmalyne’s father returns to the quarry business years later, Tavin and Emmalyne meet again. And though circumstances have changed in both of their lives, they cannot deny the feelings that still exist. Can Emmalyne find a way to heal the decade-long wound that has fractured the two families…and change the hearts of those who stand in the way of true love?
After her younger sisters are killed during a tornado outbreak, Emmalyne’s father cancels her upcoming wedding to Tavin and moves the remaining family members to a new town. The former bride to be has fallen foul of a tradition whereby the youngest daughter must remain a spinster and take care of her aging parents. For the next 11 years, Emmalyne is essentially forced into the role of servant to her family, but she endeavors to remain respectful to her parents and honor them. She tries to put Tavin out of her mind, but is forced to confront her feelings when her father inexplicably moves them back home.
Romances rarely have unhappy endings and so we, as the reader, can safely presume the ending here. Tracie Peterson attempts to throw in a couple of distractions, such as a rival suitor and union troubles at the quarry where Emmalyne’s father works. The most interesting side plot revolves around Tavin’s mentally ill sister and the treatment of such medical cases at the turn of the twentieth century.
Sadly, I was distracted by the portrayal of the Scottish characters in this book. I spent four years at a Scottish university and have Scottish family members including my mother and my deceased grandmother. This did help me understand the vernacular used when the characters are talking, but was unfamiliar with the use of “donnae” for don’t or do not; my experience has been with the word “dinnae.” The tightfistedness of the Scots is a characterization over which I stumbled. Yes, my grandmother was known for her frugality, but I felt the stereotype went overboard here. I lost count of how many times Emmalyne’s father responded to a person’s question with a defensive statement about his finances.
The Quarryman’s Bride is the second title in Peterson’s Land of Shining Water series. It isn’t necessary, however, to have read the first book, The Icecutter’s Daughter. The final book in this Minnesota-based trilogy is called The Miner’s Lady, and will be released in September 2013.
Thank you to Litfuse and Bethany House for my free copy of The Quarryman’s Bride, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Bethany House (A division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 01 June 2013
Page Count: 336