Author: Tracie Peterson
Review by Grace Olson
A feud that has crossed an ocean and half a continent is the setting for Tracie Peterson’s latest release, The Miner’s Lady. A decades-old divide stands in opposition to a young amore, each equally stubborn in its conviction that it is right. Sounds like a good start, doesn’t it? 🙂
Taken from Bethany House Publisher’s website synopsis of The Miner’s Lady:
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?
You may think The Miner’s Lady sounds reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic tale, and you’d be right. This novel deals with two feuding families and a forbidden love that has the power to bridge the divide separating the Calarcos and the Panettas or banish forgiveness forever.
I requested this book partly because I have come to expect excellent novels from Tracie Peterson, and partly because I have a certain interest in Italians. Strangely enough, I haven’t read many novels that involve the culture of Italian immigrants (though I know they must be out there, somewhere), and I found it fascinating. I also enjoyed the amount of description involving the lives of these miners, the dangers they braved and the back-breaking labor they went through to support themselves and their families.
Isabella and Orlando’s love for each other is clearly seen as they show their willingness to sacrifice to be together. The proverbial sparks fly whenever Chantel and Dante meet, but once again, there is that problem of the hatred shared between the two families, and any chance at love seems impossible.
Mr. Panetta realizes after a mining accident that God would have him forgive, not continue to carry a grudge and hate his neighbor. By his leading, the rest of the family also strive to make peace. Chantel is one of those people who like to fix things. If there is a problem, you go to her and she’ll try to make it right. But when circumstances quickly elevate out of her control, she must rely on God to work as only He can.
About the Author
Biography from Bethany House Publisher’s website: 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. ~ To learn more about her and the other books she has written, visit her web page: www.traciepeterson.com
The Miner’s Lady was an interesting and entertaining read, something I have come to expect from Peterson. I was rooting for Isabella and Chantel all the way, hoping they would get the happy ending that Romeo and Juliet did not. And do they, you might ask? Well, you’ll have to read the book for yourself and find out who really becomes The Miner’s Lady.
I was given a review copy of The Miner’s Lady from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
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