Review: The Miner’s Lady

The Miner’s Lady by Tracie Peterson
Land of Shining Water, Book 3
Bethany House, 2013

*I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.*

Summary (from the back cover):
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?

My Thoughts:
Warring families…Star-crossed lovers…Romeo and Juliet?

In the city of Ely, Minnesota, men provide for their families by putting their lives in danger every day and going to the mines. With long shifts and less-than-safe working conditions, the very real possibility of tragedy threatens men and their families on a daily basis. This dangerous and grueling work provides an interesting backdrop in Tracie Peterson’s latest offering.

Unfortunately, this book was a difficult read. I had a rough time getting interested in the book and caring about the characters. The characters often felt one-dimensional and the dialogue was redundant. There was a constant focus on the feud between the Panetta and Calarco families, peace that would never exist, and extreme family loyalty. It became tiresome to read page after page.

However, the book has its merits as well. I really enjoyed the glimpses we saw into Isabella and Orlando’s relationship. They truly loved each other, and were willing to do whatever it took to stay together. Their commitment to each other was beautiful and uplifting.

Overall, this book has a strong message that love breaks through walls of anger and bitterness. Forgiveness heals deep wounds.

Rating: 2 stars

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