Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson

The Quarryman's Bride (Land of Shining Water, #2)Book Description:
Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were destined to be together...until the tragic deaths of Emmalyne's youngest sisters. Family tradition mandates that the youngest daughter should remain single to care for her parents in their old age, and now that daughter is Emmalyne. Her father unyielding, Emmalyne surrenders to her duty, heartbroken. Tavin leaves town, equally devastated.

Years later, Emmalyne's family moves, and she and Tavin meet again. Their feelings for each other are as strong as ever, but their painful past and Emmalyne's father still stand between them. Soon both families are in the midst of the growing conflict rising between the workers at the granite quarry that Tavin's father owns and operates. When a series of near-fatal accidents occur, Tavin must figure out who is behind the attacks before someone gets killed.

Bound by obligation, yet yearning for a future together, can Emmalyne and Tavin dare to dream that God could heal a decade-long wound and change the hearts of those who would stand in the way of true love?

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book.  Emmalyne was set to be married to Tavin, then tragedy strikes.  Her two younger sisters are killed and that leaves her to serve in the role as the youngest daughter.  Though it isn't something she was planning and she loves Tavin, she doesn't marry him so she can take care of her aging parents.  Her father is the one pressing this and she and her family move.  Years later, they move back and Emmalyne realizes she still loves Tavin but the same obstacle still stands between them and happiness.
I really liked this book.  Emmalyne was heartbroken to not marry Tavin but she did as her father demanded.  She trusted God throughout though it wasn't what she wanted, she still trusted Him.  I loved that.  Tavin didn't and neither did her father but as the story unfolds, we learn more about them.  Tavin only comes back to town because of a promise to his father and sickness strikes Emmalyne's family.  Overall, it was a good solid Christian story.
I rate this a 4/5.  It is a good quick read that has more depth than you would expect.

Thank you to litfuse for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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