I recently finished reading the book The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson. Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors, so I was looking forward to reading this historical fiction novel.
The book begins in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1886. Emmalyne Knox's family has just experienced a tragic loss and as a result, her father forbids her to marry Tavin MacLachlan despite the fact that their wedding is to take place very soon. Emmalyne honors her father's order and leaves the area with her family without marrying Tavin. The remainder of the novel takes place eleven years later in 1897. Emmalyne has toiled for years to care for her family, but she has never forgotten or stopped loving Tavin. After leaving the St. Cloud area not long after the tragedy, the Knox family moves back to the area in the summer of 1897. Tavin also finds his way back to his childhood home and he and Emmalyne are unexpectedly reunited. Emmalyne continues to honor her father's command, but also begins to fervently pray for her family and their restoration to joy and happiness.
I very much enjoy reading historical fiction books and this one was well-written. I especially appreciated the information woven into the book about how hard people had to work in their jobs and to maintain their homes. Emmalyne honors her parents throughout the book but begins to pray and believe that changes can happen in her family. I found her kind and obedient character in the book extremely endearing. I would definitely recommend this book!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.