Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson - Review

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my review. The following post contains some advertisement.

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?

This book is available through Bethany House Publishers and other online retailers as well as local book stores.
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About the Author: 
Photo Credit: Mark Dixon, Bongophoto Photography
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Website at and her blog at
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A big thanks to Bethany House Publishers from whom I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive review.

What did I think?
This is Book 3 in the Land of Shining Water series. I have not read Book 1 or 2, but as far as I could tell, this was definitely a stand-alone. I had no trouble following the plot or characters in the book.
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and interesting. The on-going feud between the two families kept the book interesting. Tracie also did a great job drawing my attention to Italian history and cuisine. I got caught up in the recipes and spices of Italian cooking. I also enjoyed catching a glimpse into some Italian traditions.  Another historical aspect in this book is mining. Tracie enlightens her readers on the dangers, long hours, and particular aspects of mining towns. There were quite a few unexpected twists and turns in the book.  The main focus in this plot is the need to grant forgiveness. Tracie uses the story line to remind us of how God has forgiven us and in turn we should forgive others, but that is a choice each of us has to make.  The Panettas and Calarcos have been feuding for years, and are not even sure anymore what the original feud was about. But there is no way they are making amends... they would rather disown their family members! God has a way of working in people's lives though and He is at work behind the scene in the lives of these two families. Will they let God soften their hearts and choose forgiveness, or will the bitterness make for a miserable ending? Definitely recommending this book!! And looking forward to reading other books in this series.

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