Miner's Lady, The Paperback – Aug 1 2013
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From the Back Cover
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?
"In Peterson's latest Land of Shining Water novel, the reader can't help but draw comparisons to Romeo and Juliet. However, with not only one, but two pairs of star-crossed lovers, the level of intrigue is definitely heightened. There is plenty of drama and excitement to keep fans engaged and flipping to the next page." --RT Book Reviews
"Peterson fans, new and existing, are sure to enjoy The Miner's Lady." - Fresh Fiction
"Peterson delivers another solid historical romance, and fans will be eager to read the next installment in her frontier series." --Library Journal
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 www.traciepeterson.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Can the misunderstanding between these two families be resolved before it tears these young couples apart?
The author, Tracie Peterson writes a captivating story that demonstrates that through God amazing grace, mercy and power unbelievable things can happen, but first you must place your trust in him.
Ms. Peterson transports you back in time to a small mining town where age old grudges can divide families and neighbours. As her characters grow spiritually and emotionally you come to love them like friends. All to often the story of God’s love gets lost when hurt and anger reigns in our lives. Ms. Peterson keeps the importance of sharing our faith in the forefront through various characters in her story who despite everything that has happened, keep God central in their lives.
I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys drama and suspense, as you will find all this and more in “The Miner’s Lady”.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Tracie Peterson did a fantastic job with the dialogue of the characters in this book. The writing flowed so well that they really sounded believably Italian in their thoughts and words. The romance aspect of this book was very cute as well. I enjoyed seeing how characters grew and changed throughout the story. Although a bit slow for the first half or more of the book, it really picked up with unexpected events and more in-depth Christian content near the end. Some things were a bit far-fetched and predictable, but overall, I would recommend this book- it was entertaining and enjoyable to read. I would give this 4.5 stars if that were an option. :)
(I received this book as a gift from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review. The opinions are my own.)
The concept seemed good, however, I felt that the development of the story line lacked a lot! I felt that the story started out very slowly and was very hard to become engaged with. I really never felt like I could relate to any of the main characters and did not feel that they were fully developed. I felt that the tension that Ms. Peterson was trying to show between the families was really non-existant and fake.
It took me a little over 2 weeks to read this book from beginning to end. Normally I will read a book like this over the course of 2-3 days. I just did not like this book. I never felt into the story, which was a shame because I have previously enjoyed Ms. Peterson's works.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for a honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
However, to lay and balance it all out, I'll give you the book's strong and weak points.
◾ I enjoyed the heroine's character. Chantel was contemplative and strived to do what was right.
◾ The Calarco boys' grandmother was a very strong character and I liked her.
◾ The message was good -- there should be no favoritism and prejudice against thy neighbors. "36 'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?' 37 And He said to him, "`You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart...'" Matthew 22:36-37.
◾The hero, Orlando, was weak. His only strength seemed to be his physical side.
◾I just didn't enjoy the plot. It wasn't just about the Orlando and Chantel falling in love, and their siblings falling in love also. The book had a side plot that involved Chantel's brother getting involved with the wrong crowd, which personally bored me. I felt like I was 13 years old again while I was reading.
◾I also did not agree with the fact that Tracie named a character "Father Buh". It wasn't the name "Buh" that bothered me, it was the "Father" part. "8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven." Matthew 23:8-9. I believe it is wrong to call a leader in the church "Father" because of this passage. I couldn't even tell if Tracie was supporting Catholicism or not, but I don't believe there's such a thing as a Christian Catholic either, for that matter.
When I began to read Tracie's books (starting with Striking a Match series) I fell in love with the depth of the message and the lovable characters. I will still continue to read her books, especially the ones she has coauthored with Judith Miller, but I was disappointed with this book. Overall, I give this book three stars out of five.
This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Miner's Lady is about two families, the Panetta's and the Calarco's, who have been feuding for over 50 years. When Chantel's sister secretly starts seeing a Calarco boy, she knows there is going to be trouble. But Isabella and Orlando claim to be in love and Chantel soon finds herself helping them. Through a series of events - an accident at the mine, the Calarco's grandmother becoming ill - Chantel finds herself coming in contact with Dante Calarco. Dante will do anything to tear Isabella and Orlando apart. But the more he interacts with Chantel, the more he realizes he can't get her out of his head. Will he follow his heart or will he be like his father and be too stubborn to let go of this family feud?
I fell in love with this cast of characters, just as I did with the other Land of Shining Water books. I found myself rooting for Isabella and Orlando. I found myself angry with Dante for being so stubborn. I truly enjoyed this book from Tracie Peterson. The history and the setting all come alive as you read through this book and you'll find yourself living right next to the Panetta's and Calarco's.
I would definitely suggest reading this awesome series from Tracie Peterson!
I received a free ecopy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation for this review nor was I required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.
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I've read several of Tracie Peterson's books. For me they are often hit or miss. For me, this one was a miss. The book focuses on two feuding families who are miners in Minnesota. There are two love stories and a side story of the protagonists' brother getting involved with the wrong crowd. I felt like the story was very predictable. The characters were mostly flat, without much depth. It appeared to be a throwback to the story of Romeo and Juliet, with a few tweaks. The two families involved in the feud were almost unbelievable. I felt like they no longer knew why they were fighting and just feuded for "family honor". I know people become blinded by prejudice and perhaps that was part of the message of the book. However, it just didn't do much for me.
If you want to walk away searching your pin boards for some good Italian food and are in the mood for a darker story, this is your book. If not, try something else of Tracie's other books. I recommend her books with Judith Miller or the Heir's of Montana series.
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