The Miner’s Lady, by Tracie Peterson

book coverWhen 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?

Tracie Peterson concludes her Land of Shining Waters trilogy with an Italian themed piece set in Ely, Minnesota. Old country feuding has followed two families to America to the frustration of the younger generation who don’t even know the reason for the quarrel. When two of them fall in love they think it will resolve the situation by joining the families together, but not everyone approve of the situation. The earth will have to move before peace can reign.

The Miner’s Lady is a tale of life in a mining community, a life of joys and sorrows. Iron ore mining is a dangerous occupation, and it’s shown here when the factory whistle gives off a long, mournful wail that has the townsfolk come running. There are other dangers, however, that have nothing to do with mining and the tragedy in the book develops from those. Peterson’s characters are a delight, and she has deftly woven in real life characters from Ely’s past such as Doctor Shipman and Father Buh. I thought the middle book of the series was somewhat mediocre, but book three signals a return to form and ends the series on a high note.

Thank you to Bethany House for my free copy of The Miner’s Lady, which I received in exchange for an honest review.

Read the first two chapters of The Miner’s Lady

Q and A with Tracie Peterson

Publisher: Bethany House

Publication Date: 01 September 2013

Page Count: 336

Read more on:   Tracie Peterson’s Website   Bethany House’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Christianbook.com

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