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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Quarryman's Bride...Review

About the book:
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?

Engaged to be married, Emmalyne and Tavin are torn apart when Emmalyne's youngest sisters are killed.  Tradition in the Knox family says that the youngest daughter must care for her parents and so bound by duty to her domineering father, Emmalyne leaves Tavin to be with her family.  Tavin, his heart equally broken, leaves as well to find his own way in the world, away from stonecutting.

When Emmalyne's family returns to the quarry years later, she learns that Tavin is back as well and together they discover that their love is still strong.  But Emmalyne's father is unyielding and she wonders if they will ever be able to be together.

I despised Emmalyne's domineering father, but I appreciated that he finally came around.  I found the exploration of the early formation of unions interesting.  The story is a romance, but it's not warm and fluffy.  Rather, like the granite cut from the quarry, it has its rough, raw moments.  But, it's a story of love and loyalty and one I enjoyed.

This is second in The Land of Shining Water series, but it is not a true sequel to The Icecutter's Daughter and the books stand alone.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Tracie Peterson here. You can see more reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 6/13

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3/5 Stars

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