Have you ever been in a mine? No? Me either. But from what I’ve read, and from author Tracie Peterson’s descriptions, it seems to be a challenging place to make a living.
I just finished reading her latest book, The Miner’s Lady. I was so captivated by the story that I seemed to fly through the pages to see what would become of the main characters, Chantel and Dante, of the (feuding) Panetta and Calarco families.
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. The older, more handsome one.
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’s hope for love be buried amidst decades of misunderstanding?
This was another great read from Tracie! It takes you to an 1890s Minnesota mining town, Ely, where the Panetta and Calarco families both work at the same mine. After years of a longstanding family feud, these families do not associate with each other at all. When Chantel’s little sister Isabella announces she’s in love with Orlando Calarco, Chantel becomes the person assigned to distract Dante Calarco and later attempt to assist Isabella and Orlando’s elopement. This puts Chantel and Dante together in various situations, whether they like it or not. (Ok, I’m going to stop talking about their romance here–I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone!)
The Miner’s Lady immerses you in an Italian immigrant culture. I must admit, at times, Tracie’s descriptions of the Italian food the characters were eating made me hungry! Especially when she mentioned cannolis – yum!!!
Though not an action-packed adventure, The Miner’s Lady has plenty of drama and surprises! I appreciate the way Tracie wove faith and prayer elements in everyday family situations. I really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to readers who enjoy historical romances.
“God is still God even when all hope seems lost and nothing in the world is going our way. He may not always do things as we thin He should, but He is perfect and holy and His ways are, as well.” -Character Nonna [Grandma] Barbato in The Miner’s Lady
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are solely mine.