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Refining Fire


Title:  Refining Fire (Seattle Brides #2)
Author:  Tracie Peterson
Pages:  320
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Bethany
My rating is 5 stars.
Tracie Peterson is a favorite author of mine from way back when I read her series of stories set in Alaska.  There is romance in Refining Fire, but what is more captivating is the faith exhibited by one young woman named Abrianna.  Abrianna could be referred to as a spit-fire of a woman, who has deep convictions based on the Word of God.  Now occasionally she gets herself into trouble, but her impulsiveness at times brings out the desire to act in the hearts of others.
Militine Scott is a young lady who lives at the Madison Bridal School with no living relatives.  She is woman fraught with nightmares and questions.  Militine is afraid to get near any one person for fear of being hurt, but especially men due to the abuse she suffered at the hands of her earthly father.  Militine seems like her character is a little bit skeptic with a whole lot of seeking.  I think that is probably true of many real people who have suffered abuse of all kinds.
Militine’s life is ordered and she tends to erect walls around her heart; she fears that if anyone knows her secrets they will abandon her in a heartbeat.  As I read further into the tale, it was enjoyable to watch the change that slowly came into the heart of this young woman.  Militine is not impulsive like Abrianna, but she sticks close to her side and ventures into many escapades that are dangerous.
Tracie Peterson’s writing is captivating because it isn’t all romance nor is the ending wrapped up nice and neat in a tidy bow.  There is action, adventure, questions expressed externally by characters and contemplated internally and not always easy to answer.  Throughout the book the author has the characters point to God whether they understand how God or even why God is allowing experiences to come their way.  I liked how answers weren’t always quick or spoken without any thought.  If her characters did not know the answers to inquiries, they shared their personal experiences or pointed to the Bible.  At times they even said they didn’t have the answers to some of the questions raised by other characters and isn’t that the truth for real people? 
I hope you enjoy reading Refining Fire as much as I did and will share it with someone you know who loves a good story!

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