Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Miner's Lady

Title:  The Miner’s Lady (Land of Shining Water #3)
Author:  Tracie Peterson
Pages:  331
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Bethany House
This story is set in Minnesota in 1890.  The other two books in this series, The Icecutter’s Daughter and The Quarryman’s Bride are also set in this same time period.  The two main families are the Calarcos and the Panettas, who are feuding for years.  Two love stories happen in this novel, between Isabella Panetta and Orlando Calarco as well as between their older siblings, Chantel Panetta and Dante Calarco.
The Panetta family and the Calarco family have been in the iron mining business for years.  They are both Italian families with a long history of feuding brought with them when the left Italy for America.  There are definite shades of Romeo and Juliet among this romance, which can be entertaining, is not original.  Chantel has just returned from a trip to Italy and realizes she no longer wants to stay in Ely, Minnesota, but return to Italy.  Upon her return, her sister Isabella informs her that she is in love with Orlando Calarco and wants Chantel to help her spend time with Orlando.  Dante, on the other hand, works in the mines with his brother and as the oldest has been given the task of convincing Orlando that he can’t love Isabella and to keep the two apart.  Can Chantel continue to encourage her sister in a love she knows is forbidden?  Can Dante convince Orlando of his folly?  When Chantel and Dante inevitably meet, will they continue their families’ feud or will they take a different path?
This book was just average in my opinion.  In fact, I felt this entire series was average.  The main male character in this story appeared only strong in the physical sense.  I have read many of Tracie Peterson’s books, and this one just didn’t seem to have the depth to it that some of her older works have.  The two main characters hardly interacted enough to develop a romance.  There was too much focus on the sister, Isabella as well since the story was supposed to be about Chantel.  The strong grandmother in the Calarco family was also a great source of wisdom, advice and mentoring.  I so enjoy seeing the older generation involved in the lives of the younger generation; they have so much to teach.  I also enjoyed the description of the delicious Italian food.  Yummy!!  I liked, as with all Tracie’s books, that there was a Christian message and in this story it was about forgiveness.
My rating is 3 stars.
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