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Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were destined to be together...until the tragic deaths of Emmalyne's youngest sisters. Family tradition mandates that the youngest daughter should remain single to care for her parents in their old age, and now that daughter is Emmalyne. Her father unyielding, Emmalyne surrenders to her duty, heartbroken. Tavin leaves town, equally devast Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were destined to be together...until the tragic deaths of Emmalyne's youngest sisters. Family tradition mandates that the youngest daughter should remain single to care for her parents in their old age, and now that daughter is Emmalyne. Her father unyielding, Emmalyne surrenders to her duty, heartbroken. Tavin leaves town, equally devastated. Years later, Emmalyne's family moves, and she and Tavin meet again. Their feelings for each other are as strong as ever, but their painful past and Emmalyne's father still stand between them. Soon both families are in the midst of the growing conflict rising between the workers at the granite quarry that Tavin's father owns and operates. When a series of near-fatal accidents occur, Tavin must figure out who is behind the attacks before someone gets killed. Bound by obligation, yet yearning for a future together, can Emmalyne and Tavin dare to dream that God could heal a decade-long wound and change the hearts of those who would stand in the way of true love?


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Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were destined to be together...until the tragic deaths of Emmalyne's youngest sisters. Family tradition mandates that the youngest daughter should remain single to care for her parents in their old age, and now that daughter is Emmalyne. Her father unyielding, Emmalyne surrenders to her duty, heartbroken. Tavin leaves town, equally devast Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were destined to be together...until the tragic deaths of Emmalyne's youngest sisters. Family tradition mandates that the youngest daughter should remain single to care for her parents in their old age, and now that daughter is Emmalyne. Her father unyielding, Emmalyne surrenders to her duty, heartbroken. Tavin leaves town, equally devastated. Years later, Emmalyne's family moves, and she and Tavin meet again. Their feelings for each other are as strong as ever, but their painful past and Emmalyne's father still stand between them. Soon both families are in the midst of the growing conflict rising between the workers at the granite quarry that Tavin's father owns and operates. When a series of near-fatal accidents occur, Tavin must figure out who is behind the attacks before someone gets killed. Bound by obligation, yet yearning for a future together, can Emmalyne and Tavin dare to dream that God could heal a decade-long wound and change the hearts of those who would stand in the way of true love?

30 review for The Quarryman's Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aerykah

    Not a typical review... This is what I posted on my blog, though. I generally like to rave on great father/daughter relationships in books I read and I adore a good father character. However, that was not to be the case with this book. Five pages in (yes, I checked… lol!), I already disliked Emmalyne’s dad. By the end of chapter 3, it was official: I could not stand the man! At this point, my family was getting an ear full (or, rather, several ears full) of my frustration with and anger at this c Not a typical review... This is what I posted on my blog, though. I generally like to rave on great father/daughter relationships in books I read and I adore a good father character. However, that was not to be the case with this book. Five pages in (yes, I checked… lol!), I already disliked Emmalyne’s dad. By the end of chapter 3, it was official: I could not stand the man! At this point, my family was getting an ear full (or, rather, several ears full) of my frustration with and anger at this character. Finally, Brother #3 asked me, “Why don’t you just stop reading it, then? Find another book to read.” And I replied, “I just might!” But, as you know, I didn’t stop reading. Honestly, I couldn’t stop. Something about the story just pulled me in and I could not stop reading until I knew how it ended. And I don’t mean how the romance ended — come on, I knew as soon as I read the back of the book how that was going to end! I’m talking about needing to know exactly how it would all work out and how Emmalyne’s dad would change by the end of the story. One thing that surprised me was that Tavin and Emmalyne’s story was almost like a side story for me. It really should have been more important, but I already knew how it would turn out, so I wasn’t too worried about it. I was much more interested in the story of the Knox family — in particular, Mr. Luthias Knox. (Did I mention that even his name drove me crazy?! Is it just me, or does it make you feel like you’re saying Lucius with a lisp? Gah!!) Mr. Knox is bitter, hateful, selfish, rude, inconsiderate… Yeah, you probably get the picture. Several times, he made me so angry that I had to put the book down for a moment and remind myself that he was just a fictional character. Then, the author begins to give glimpses into what makes Mr. Knox the was he is. Mostly, he’s dealing with bitterness anger toward God over things from his past. This, of course, has separated him from God. The result? A very unhappy man who is hurting inside and not dealing with things the way he should. This is when my feelings toward him changed to pity and sadness. when I realized what he was dealing with in his life beneath the surface that everyone could see, I just couldn’t hate or despise him. During the first “conversation” between Tavin and Mr. Know, Tavin tells him that he’s not a man of honor because he went back on his agreement to let Tavin and Emmalyne get married. I think this was the first time Mr. Knox had ever thought of his actions that way. Tavin tells him, “Your word means very little to me. You broke your word…” (Just a side note: How easy it is to lose someone’s trust and respect) I think this got him to thinking about how he had been treating his family and greatly influenced the change in him. When Emmalyne is talking to her dad about loving him, he gives us a glimpse into his heart. He tells his daughter that he doesn’t deserve love, especially from her; he says he has never done anything to deserve her love. Imagine living this way! It would make you miserable! Through others getting right with God, they were able to influence Mr. Knox life in a positive way that drew him back to God. By the time I came to the end of the book, I found that I loved Mr. Knox. His ability to humble himself before his family and friends in order to make things right really impressed me. Many people wouldn’t be able to do that. He really did love his family, he just didn’t know how to show it to them because he was so consumed by his bitterness. When he finally got things right with God, he was able to forgive and love again. He ended up being one of my favorite characters. I really liked that Mr. Knox was a secondary character, so the story wasn’t told from his point of view. I think that might have ruined it for me. It made it more real to me to be able to “get to know” this character much the same way I would get to know someone in real life — through my eyes and the eyes of others. Seeing how my opinion of him changed throughout the story made me re-think the harsh opinions I’ve had of people in real life. People I didn’t know. People who have gone through and are going through things in their personal lives that I may never know about. Who am I to immediately judge them the way I did Mr. Knox? Instead, I should pray for them, love them, and be willing and ready to help them if I can. And, perhaps, my prayers and love will help draw them to God. It would definitely be more likely to help than would a bad, judgmental attitude. Anyway… I realize that this is pretty long and it isn’t really much of a book review, but it is what touched me the most about this book. Though I think I enjoyed the first book in the Land of Shining Water series better, The Quarryman’s Bride is a really great read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were destined to be together...until the tragic deaths of Emmalyne's youngest sisters. Family tradition mandates that the youngest daughter should remain single to care for her parents in their old age, and now that daughter is Emmalyne. Her father unyielding, Emmalyne surrenders to her duty, heartbroken. Tavin leaves town, equally devastated. Years later Tavin and Emmalyne meet again. Bound by obligation, yet yearning for a future together, can Emmalyne and Ta Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan were destined to be together...until the tragic deaths of Emmalyne's youngest sisters. Family tradition mandates that the youngest daughter should remain single to care for her parents in their old age, and now that daughter is Emmalyne. Her father unyielding, Emmalyne surrenders to her duty, heartbroken. Tavin leaves town, equally devastated. Years later Tavin and Emmalyne meet again. Bound by obligation, yet yearning for a future together, can Emmalyne and Tavin dare to dream that God could heal a decade-long wound and change the hearts of those who would stand in the way of true love? I didn't think it was possible to have a second book that was even better than The Icecutter's Daughter, but Peterson did it. The plot was complex, the characters each unique, the drama rose to a dramatic crescendo, and the faith element was strong from start to finish. The story is touching and poignant filled with characters dealing with different problems and most believers who have lost their way for one reason or another. I admired Emmalyne for standing by what her faith led her to believe was her duty when she wanted so much to be with Tavin. My heart broke for Fenella who was lost in her own world. I thought Peterson did an excellent job with the historical detail of how mental problems were dealt with during this time period. And, for most of the book, I wanted to wring Emmalyne's father's neck! But God's grace and mercy brought each of them back to the plan God had for their lives and filled their hearts again with love. Definitely recommend this book, and the series does not need to be read in order as they are done as stand alones connected only by the setting. FAVORITE QUOTES: "Jesus took on the curses and sins and wrath of God against all evil at Calvary. As God's children we might endure discipline, but surely not God's wrath. Jesus paid the price for that already." "You can begin by doing and saying loving things.....Love is not an emotion but an act." "Life without hope is no life at all."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This is my third Tracie Peterson novel and my favorite so far, but even so, I didn't love it. I think I can say that there is something about her writing that I don't seem to click with. The Quarryman's Bride is an entertaining story overall, but I just didn't feel much of a connection with the characters. For all that it's about the quarryman and his bride, there wasn't a lot of chemistry between the two of them. The relationship between Emmalyne and her father was more compelling to me than the This is my third Tracie Peterson novel and my favorite so far, but even so, I didn't love it. I think I can say that there is something about her writing that I don't seem to click with. The Quarryman's Bride is an entertaining story overall, but I just didn't feel much of a connection with the characters. For all that it's about the quarryman and his bride, there wasn't a lot of chemistry between the two of them. The relationship between Emmalyne and her father was more compelling to me than the romance, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Although the subject matter is compelling, I never felt that the story went very deep. I felt that a lot of things are told to the reader rather than shown. It was good for a light, easy one-time read, but I am not in a rush to finish the series. Tracie Peterson has so many adoring fans, so take my opinion with a grain of salt if you love her stories already.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie Barrett

    The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson 1880's, St. Cloud MN. Loved the first book in this series, The Icecutter's Daughter and the timeframe. Was so happy to learn I could get this one and the next. Emmalyne Knox and her father are staying at her fiancee Tavin MacLachlan family house due to the tornado that wiped out not only the younger girls but their house and Emmas' future. She can not marry-now it's her responsibility to care for her father and mother=because now she's the youngest in the fa The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson 1880's, St. Cloud MN. Loved the first book in this series, The Icecutter's Daughter and the timeframe. Was so happy to learn I could get this one and the next. Emmalyne Knox and her father are staying at her fiancee Tavin MacLachlan family house due to the tornado that wiped out not only the younger girls but their house and Emmas' future. She can not marry-now it's her responsibility to care for her father and mother=because now she's the youngest in the family. She chooses to obey God and not her heart... 11 years later we find Emma, Angus her brother and parents moving back to St. Cloud. Mr. MacLachian has a house they can rent and she's learned Tavin probably went to Maine to find quarry work after they had left the area. The others in her family no longer had time for God, she still believed in his qualities to guide her in life. The new doctor Jason, comes to see to her mother's ailments and he is taken with Emma. Emma is busy cleaning and whitewashing the rooms downstairs as the house is a disaster. When Angus becomes sick the mother, Rowena seems to have spark in her life again along with her faith in God. The story also follows the MacLachian family and the hardships they endure at home with the sister and at work with union worker's problems and failure of equipment. Tavin is to return home and help his father run the quarry. He has furthered his career working with stone. He is still in love with her and will hate working where her father and brother work but he gave his father a promise he would work for the contract. Loved hearing how the stone is alive and can tell stories...Scotish traditions of churning the butter sound so magical-driving the fairies away. Love how things are solved, not with fists but talking. The priest also helps them to understand that they must have faith in God about all the circumstances that occur to them and friends. Others talk more freely of God also and that sways others to think about Him. Like that there are two families and few characters to keep track of-with a few others mixed in. So easy to keep track of the people. Love hearing all the detailed descriptions of things-I learned so much. Many scriptures are quoted to help aide them in decisions and their faith. I received this book from Net Galley via Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Elaine

    Once again, Tracie has amazed me! This book was sweet and wonderful, but it also held a lot more of a serious tone then her others have - dealing with death, depression, and almost like a PTSD like disorder. I would have like to see more romance between Em and Tavin than I got, but it was overall really good and I can't wait to read more of her books!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Huether

    The Quarryman's Bride ..By Tracie Peterson..In 1897 Irish immigrants settled in Minnasota, they brought along old traditions. There were some very tragic events in the family, these things made the father very bitter,blaming others. The daughter always believed God could forgive and bring new love and happiness to the family. Putting her marriage on hold she never gave up, and prayed for healing in her family. Prayers were answered .Love was restored.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen (Kat) Smith

    Life was perfect. Two families soon about to become part of each other. Tavin MacLachlan and Emmalyne Knox had just a couple weeks left before their much anticipated wedding. Until tragedy struck and now instead of a wedding, Emmalyne is attending a funeral. With the death of her two younger sisters in the tornado that came to St. Cloud, the tradition of remaining single and caring for her parents now falls on her shoulders. With that comes the end of all the dreams that Emmalyne and Tavin had f Life was perfect. Two families soon about to become part of each other. Tavin MacLachlan and Emmalyne Knox had just a couple weeks left before their much anticipated wedding. Until tragedy struck and now instead of a wedding, Emmalyne is attending a funeral. With the death of her two younger sisters in the tornado that came to St. Cloud, the tradition of remaining single and caring for her parents now falls on her shoulders. With that comes the end of all the dreams that Emmalyne and Tavin had for their future. There will be no changing her father's opinion. Now eleven years later, fate is about to intervene. Emmalyne's father returns the family to St. Cloud to being work at the quarry owned now by the MacLachlan family. He is offered a job and a home in exchange for moving back to St. Cloud, something Emmalyne never expected would happen. She wonders if Tavin has married and started a family of her own. She realizes that her future is now sealed with her family's long standing tradition of the third daughter carrying for the parents until they die and she knows there is nothing outside of a faithful prayer to God that anything might ever change. She has had her hands full in caring for her mother who seems lost in sadness after the loss of her daughters so many years ago. Is there a way to help her her mother or will she sit back and watch her fall deeper into depression? The last thing Tavin expected upon his return to St. Cloud was to be offered a job by his father upon his help completing their contract to fulfill a large quarry order. It will give him the independence he desires and enable him to be close to his family now that his sister Fenella is but a shell of her former self since losing her husband in a quarry accident. She must now remain locked in her room for fear of her hurting herself or her two young boys. Tavin's strength will be tested in ways he never imagined now that he has returned home. His greatest test will be how he will react when coming face to face with Emmalyne again. I received The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is truly a story about forgiveness, honor and restoration, not only for Tavin and Emmalyne who have both put their faith aside believing a truly loving God isn't capable of hurting those who love Him. It really does tell the story of why it seems that God allows bad things to happen to good people. There is hope and a restoration of faith through the diligence of prayer beginning with Emmalyne who feels that somehow God is still in the midst of everything she is going through and only through relying on Him will anything change in her family. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward in anticipation of the next novel in the Land Of Shining Waters Series. The Quarryman's Bride is Book 2, with The Icecutter's Daughter being the first.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    The Quarryman’s Bride is the second book in Tracie Peterson’s Land of Shining Water trilogy. I have not read a lot of Tracie Peterson’s books, but I have enjoyed the ones I have read. The Quarryman’s Bride was probably my favorite of all the ones I’ve read though. The second book in trilogies are usually my least favorite, but seeing as the Land of Shining Water trilogy books are not really connected, The Quarryman’s Bride was definitely my favorite of the three. Emmalyne and Tavin are weeks away The Quarryman’s Bride is the second book in Tracie Peterson’s Land of Shining Water trilogy. I have not read a lot of Tracie Peterson’s books, but I have enjoyed the ones I have read. The Quarryman’s Bride was probably my favorite of all the ones I’ve read though. The second book in trilogies are usually my least favorite, but seeing as the Land of Shining Water trilogy books are not really connected, The Quarryman’s Bride was definitely my favorite of the three. Emmalyne and Tavin are weeks away from getting married when a tornado sweeps through St. Cloud, killing Emmalyne’s younger sisters. Family tradition is that the youngest daughter remain unmarried in order to care for her parents. With her younger sisters dead, Emmalyne is left as the youngest daughter and therefore must break her engagement in order to take care of her parents. Following her parents, Emmalyne moves with them to Minneapolis. Heartbroken, Tavin leaves town as well. However, eleven years later, both Emmalyne’s family and Tavin have returned to St. Cloud. Their feelings are as strong as ever but they both feel that they must deny those feelings since so many obstacles stand in their way. Amidst their resurfaced feelings Tavin works with his father at the quarry he owns. Working at the quarry, trouble arises, and Tavin and his father must find who is behind these “accidents.” The heartbreak between Emmalyne and Tavin will pull at your heartstrings. I felt my heart breaking for them as they were forced apart and even when they were reunited, they still have so much standing in their way. The Quarryman’s Bride is a wonderful story about two lovers who must learn to rely on God and trust in his healing love. I fell in love with this story and I truly enjoyed the characters that Peterson brought to life. I received a free ecopy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation for this review and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own. Leah B. Must Love Books mustlovereading.wordpress.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    My thoughts: The story is set in America and involves families who have Scottish heritage and strong Scottish accent. Meet Emmalyne's family the head of which, her father, is a Scottish, hard-nosed tyrant that believes in family tradition. He is also a man very angry at life and the people around him suffer from his anger and bitterness. His demands upon Emmalyne are hard, unjust, and unreasonable for any sane man to impose on his daughter. On the cusp of her wedding to Tavin, her father demands My thoughts: The story is set in America and involves families who have Scottish heritage and strong Scottish accent. Meet Emmalyne's family the head of which, her father, is a Scottish, hard-nosed tyrant that believes in family tradition. He is also a man very angry at life and the people around him suffer from his anger and bitterness. His demands upon Emmalyne are hard, unjust, and unreasonable for any sane man to impose on his daughter. On the cusp of her wedding to Tavin, her father demands they not marry and she remain single as the caregiver (translate "servant") to her parents. But the demands and unreasonable attitude continue for years. There are scenes you will nearly weep over and rail at the old curdmonger. There are also scenes of tenderness. You'll meet Tavin's family, also Scottish, who are handling their sorrows differently. Their family has seemingly unbearable tragedies, too. This is a story of bitterness and anger, love and redemption, of grace and forgiveness. Tracie Peterson has again written a story well worth the reading and one I recommend. GIVEAWAY: The good folks at Litfuse Publicity group are graciously providing a giveaway copy for one of Chat With Vera's readers. Begins June 28 & ENDS July 15, 2013 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. Open to USA addresses only. Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana, and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. www.traciepeterson.com Purchase a copy DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group and the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. The giveaway copy is provided also by Litfuse and will be shipped directly to the winner.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tina Peterson

    I really enjoyed The Quarryman's Bride. I felt such a range of emotions: anger, irritation, frustration and joy. While I didn't agree with the reason that Emmalyne and Tavin didn't get married I found it interesting to see the different ways each of them handled their disappointment. Emmalyne has accepted that she is to be alone for the rest of her life and while she is saddened and hurt by the abuse her father heaps on her and her mother she keeps trudging through a life of sorrow and unhappine I really enjoyed The Quarryman's Bride. I felt such a range of emotions: anger, irritation, frustration and joy. While I didn't agree with the reason that Emmalyne and Tavin didn't get married I found it interesting to see the different ways each of them handled their disappointment. Emmalyne has accepted that she is to be alone for the rest of her life and while she is saddened and hurt by the abuse her father heaps on her and her mother she keeps trudging through a life of sorrow and unhappiness. Her mother has given up on life and taken to her bed, her father is so angry and grieving so deep that he takes out his emotions and fury on his family. The only one in their family that has really made strides forward is her brother. Living in this family would be awful and it's amazing that Emmalyne kept her spiritual life growing. Tavin on the other hand is angry - he has taken his disappointment to the other extreme by making choices in life that a Christian has no business taking. When he returns home after his father becomes ill it's to a family that is still functioning but his sister is ill and his parents really need his help and he needs to decide if he is going to hang around and help his parents or risk disappointing them. Outstanding book! I'm really hoping that there is a sequel to this book - I'd love to see Emmalyne's brother in a book of his own. It would be wonderful to see him grow spirtually and find a love of his own. =D Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book to read & review on GivingNSharing. No money exchanged hands and I was not required to have a positive review. Thanks for reading GivingNSharing!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I have been a fan of Tracie Peterson's for years because I know whenever I pick up one of her stories I am going to find an adventure and meet characters that will stick with me. With "The Quarryman's Bride" I found myself finding both those things and more. I loved the setting and timeframe of the story, but more than that I found myself caring about what would happen to the characters.The character of Emmalyne did what was expected of her and that was to give up Tavin, the man that she loved, I have been a fan of Tracie Peterson's for years because I know whenever I pick up one of her stories I am going to find an adventure and meet characters that will stick with me. With "The Quarryman's Bride" I found myself finding both those things and more. I loved the setting and timeframe of the story, but more than that I found myself caring about what would happen to the characters.The character of Emmalyne did what was expected of her and that was to give up Tavin, the man that she loved, even if it broke her heart. When their lives intersect again eleven years later one couldn't help but hope that they might finally get what their hearts had always wanted. Can they overcome the hurt of the past and allow God to lead them to their future? I needed to know the answer to that question and that's exactly what kept me turning the pages. Ms.Peterson provides a few life lessons as this story unfolds, such as how anger and hurt can eat away at someone, but also how God often has a greater plan in store. While this book is the second in the Land of the Shining Water series it can be read as a stand alone work. Fans of very well written historical, inspirational romance will certainly enjoy reading this one. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca "Rebaka" Lewis

    Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan 's wedding was just a few weeks away when a tornado devastates her family by killing her two youger sisters. Because of a long standing tradition of their heritage, Emmalyne is forced to take care of of her parents, thus calling off the wedding. Tavin leaves home and takes many different jobs trying to rid his memories of the wonman that he loved. No matter what he did he was not to get Emmalyne out of his mind. Eleven years later he returns home to work with h Emmalyne Knox and Tavin MacLachlan 's wedding was just a few weeks away when a tornado devastates her family by killing her two youger sisters. Because of a long standing tradition of their heritage, Emmalyne is forced to take care of of her parents, thus calling off the wedding. Tavin leaves home and takes many different jobs trying to rid his memories of the wonman that he loved. No matter what he did he was not to get Emmalyne out of his mind. Eleven years later he returns home to work with his father, Robert MacLeachlan who owns and operates a quarry. Can love survive? Check out this wonderful story and find many twists and turns to this story. This is the first book that I have read by Tracie Peterson and I must say that I will be reading others She grabs you from the first page and doesn't let up until you close the book at the last page. The Quarryman's Bride is the second book in Tracie Peterson's series called The Land of Shinning Water. It can be read as a stand alone book. Thank you Net Galley and Bethany House for this ebook in exchange for a review. This is my honest opinion of this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Tracie Peterson tackles a number of important issues in this novel through the circumstances the characters face, as well as the way they respond to tragedy and difficulties. The struggles of the characters are real, relatable, and Peterson does a splendid job in developing these characters and painting them vividly. I especially enjoyed her portrayal of Scottish culture, which seemed to be reasonably well researched. While it was certainly an enjoyable read I felt as if the story never really r Tracie Peterson tackles a number of important issues in this novel through the circumstances the characters face, as well as the way they respond to tragedy and difficulties. The struggles of the characters are real, relatable, and Peterson does a splendid job in developing these characters and painting them vividly. I especially enjoyed her portrayal of Scottish culture, which seemed to be reasonably well researched. While it was certainly an enjoyable read I felt as if the story never really reached a climax, and had a regrettable sense of predictability throughout. I was given a digital copy of this book by Netgalley, which in no way influenced this review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    So glad I found this author 4> This summary/review may have been copied for other sources and is used only as a reminder of what the book was about for my personal interest. Any personal notations are for my recollection only. ** Life was perfect. Two families soon about to become part of each other. Tavin MacLachlan and Emmalyne Knox had just a couple weeks left before their much anticipated wedding. Until tragedy struck and now instead of a wedding, Emmalyne is attending a funeral. With the de So glad I found this author 4> This summary/review may have been copied for other sources and is used only as a reminder of what the book was about for my personal interest. Any personal notations are for my recollection only. ** Life was perfect. Two families soon about to become part of each other. Tavin MacLachlan and Emmalyne Knox had just a couple weeks left before their much anticipated wedding. Until tragedy struck and now instead of a wedding, Emmalyne is attending a funeral. With the death of her two younger sisters in the tornado that came to St. Cloud, the tradition of remaining single and caring for her parents now falls on her shoulders. With that comes the end of all the dreams that Emmalyne and Tavin had for their future. There will be no changing her father's opinion. Now eleven years later, fate is about to intervene. Emmalyne's father returns the family to St. Cloud to being work at the quarry owned now by the MacLachlan family. He is offered a job and a home in exchange for moving back to St. Cloud, something Emmalyne never expected would happen. She wonders if Tavin has married and started a family of her own. She realizes that her future is now sealed with her family's long standing tradition of the third daughter carrying for the parents until they die and she knows there is nothing outside of a faithful prayer to God that anything might ever change. She has had her hands full in caring for her mother who seems lost in sadness after the loss of her daughters so many years ago. Is there a way to help her her mother or will she sit back and watch her fall deeper into depression?(view spoiler)[ When Emma's bro get terrible sick, their mother is needed and seems to have a reason to live, she snaps of it (hide spoiler)] The last thing Tavin expected upon his return to St. Cloud was to be offered a job by his father upon his help completing their contract to fulfill a large quarry order. It will give him the independence he desires and enable him to be close to his family now that his sister Fenella is but a shell of her former self since losing her husband in a quarry accident. She must now remain locked in her room for fear of her hurting herself or her two young boys. Tavin's strength will be tested in ways he never imagined now that he has returned home. His greatest test will be how he will react when coming face to face with Emmalyne again. ** Emma's dad...Mr. Knox is bitter, hateful, selfish, rude, inconsiderate… Yeah, you probably get the picture. Several times, he made me so angry that I had to put the book down for a moment and remind myself that he was just a fictional character. Then, the author begins to give glimpses into what makes Mr. Knox the was he is. Mostly, he’s dealing with bitterness anger toward God over things from his past. This, of course, has separated him from God. The result? A very unhappy man who is hurting inside and not dealing with things the way he should. This is when my feelings toward him changed to pity and sadness. when I realized what he was dealing with in his life beneath the surface that everyone could see, I just couldn’t hate or despise him. During the first “conversation” between Tavin and Mr. Know, Tavin tells him that he’s not a man of honor because he went back on his agreement to let Tavin and Emmalyne get married. I think this was the first time Mr. Knox had ever thought of his actions that way. Tavin tells him, “Your word means very little to me. You broke your word…” (Just a side note: How easy it is to lose someone’s trust and respect) I think this got him to thinking about how he had been treating his family and greatly influenced the change in him. When Emmalyne is talking to her dad about loving him, he gives us a glimpse into his heart. He tells his daughter that he doesn’t deserve love, especially from her; he says he has never done anything to deserve her love. Imagine living this way! It would make you miserable! Through others getting right with God, they were able to influence Mr. Knox life in a positive way that drew him back to God. By the time I came to the end of the book, I found that I loved Mr. Knox. His ability to humble himself before his family and friends in order to make things right really impressed me. Many people wouldn’t be able to do that. He really did love his family, he just didn’t know how to show it to them because he was so consumed by his bitterness. When he finally got things right with God, he was able to forgive and love again. He ended up being one of my favorite characters. ** The plot was complex, the characters each unique, the drama rose to a dramatic crescendo, and the faith element was strong from start to finish. The story is touching and poignant filled with characters dealing with different problems and most believers who have lost their way for one reason or another. I admired Emmalyne for standing by what her faith led her to believe was her duty when she wanted so much to be with Tavin. My heart broke for Fenella who was lost in her own world. I thought Peterson did an excellent job with the historical detail of how mental problems were dealt with during this time period. And, for most of the book, I wanted to wring Emmalyne's father's neck! But God's grace and mercy brought each of them back to the plan God had for their lives and filled their hearts again with love.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I was wary but honestly very intrigued by this story, so I picked it up against my own personal judgement. I couldn't get into it, couldn't get past the first few chapters because of the girl's father and this custom where the youngest daughter must stay single...just discouraged and frustrated me too much that I couldn't read on. Not my kind of story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Great book, as all I've read by Tracie Peterson are.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This is the first book I read by Tracie Peterson even though I heard she is a wonderful author. A friends gave me this book and I am glad she did. This book made me happy, mad, sad and contemplative all at the same time!! This book is mostly about both family's of a young couple that were to get married. Tragedy affected one family and they moved away, so the wedding was cancelled. This book teaches family love and loyalty. It teaches to follow the Bible and what is taught about honoring our pare This is the first book I read by Tracie Peterson even though I heard she is a wonderful author. A friends gave me this book and I am glad she did. This book made me happy, mad, sad and contemplative all at the same time!! This book is mostly about both family's of a young couple that were to get married. Tragedy affected one family and they moved away, so the wedding was cancelled. This book teaches family love and loyalty. It teaches to follow the Bible and what is taught about honoring our parents. It is about loss, heartbreak, disappointment, yet about how loving others and the L-rd, gives us the strength to persevere. Many other reviews explain the book in more detail so I am not going to do that. I will say I watched a family torn apart by grief, anger at G-d, and disappointment come back together. Why? Forgiveness and honesty. I cried through much of this book. Especially toward the end. The father/daughter relationship just touched my heart. I didn't have a father growing up, yet I felt for this daughter that obeyed her father, and put her pain on the back burner. Yes, we all can figure out part of the ending of this book when we begin reading it. Only, getting there is what this book is all about. I have a few more books by Tracie Peterson. They are not in order, but I will read them with excitement to see how this author brings her characters to life before our eyes, yet even more so, she brings G-d and His Word to the forefront. Excellent book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I finished this book in about a day and a half, but it would have been sooner if I had more time to read. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen with Emmalyne, her family, Tavin, and the others. One of my only issues was that the names aren't common, so it's a little hard to read them in my mind. This story stuck out for several reasons: we had a tornado nearby recently and people were killed, just as in the book. Emmalyne is bound to help her parents, feeling it I finished this book in about a day and a half, but it would have been sooner if I had more time to read. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen with Emmalyne, her family, Tavin, and the others. One of my only issues was that the names aren't common, so it's a little hard to read them in my mind. This story stuck out for several reasons: we had a tornado nearby recently and people were killed, just as in the book. Emmalyne is bound to help her parents, feeling it is her duty... I've been helping with my grandpa (and grandma before she passed) for 5 years. My hometown is the Rock Capital of TN and this book is about quarrying. She feels isolated and at one point there is a Measles outbreak... we are in the midst of the Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, forcing social distancing to help lessen the spread of the virus. I really loved the book. 💗 (But I don't understand why it's part of a series because none of the previous characters were in this.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    If you can't give a book a chance don't read this. I almost put this down and have been do blessed because I didn't. Ironically this book is about looking past first impressions and understanding what's in someone's heart and soul are not always apparent. For me the stories romance took a backseat while I fully enjoyed getting to know the characters. Understanding how life, choices and our own internal thoughts can influence not just yourself but so many captivated me. Even when you think your t If you can't give a book a chance don't read this. I almost put this down and have been do blessed because I didn't. Ironically this book is about looking past first impressions and understanding what's in someone's heart and soul are not always apparent. For me the stories romance took a backseat while I fully enjoyed getting to know the characters. Understanding how life, choices and our own internal thoughts can influence not just yourself but so many captivated me. Even when you think your thinking, praying for others, are you really, is your prayer for spiritual nourishment, strength for them, this book really touched my soul, made me reflect.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    The series is moving north of the Twin Cities to Saint Cloud. Here we are introduced to Emmalyne Knox whose life takes a dramatic turn when her younger sisters die in a tornado tragedy. Due to a family tradition of the youngest female staying unmarried to take care of her parents, she refuses her fiance and breaks their engagement. Dutiful to a fault, she commits herself wholeheartedly to this cause, forsaking her own future. Even so, the hand of God will not be denied bringing two hearts back t The series is moving north of the Twin Cities to Saint Cloud. Here we are introduced to Emmalyne Knox whose life takes a dramatic turn when her younger sisters die in a tornado tragedy. Due to a family tradition of the youngest female staying unmarried to take care of her parents, she refuses her fiance and breaks their engagement. Dutiful to a fault, she commits herself wholeheartedly to this cause, forsaking her own future. Even so, the hand of God will not be denied bringing two hearts back together. I really enjoyed reading and listening to this one. Reading every chance I got, I got through it in less than a week but continued to like the historical setting of my home state.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Another good historical read from Tracie Peterson. I read the first in this series a while back, The IceCutter's Daughter, so I cannot remember if the characters overlapped, but I believe they can be read as stand-alone books. Emmalyne honors her father's old country tradition of the youngest daughter not marrying, to take care of her parents as they age, after her younger sisters are tragically killed in a tornado. It's a sweet love story and a wonderful story of forgiveness and God's relentles Another good historical read from Tracie Peterson. I read the first in this series a while back, The IceCutter's Daughter, so I cannot remember if the characters overlapped, but I believe they can be read as stand-alone books. Emmalyne honors her father's old country tradition of the youngest daughter not marrying, to take care of her parents as they age, after her younger sisters are tragically killed in a tornado. It's a sweet love story and a wonderful story of forgiveness and God's relentless pursuit of us :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mom

    Like this author for the Christian input. Really makes you ponder about forgiveness and relying on God. He always loves his children. We are the ones to stray if we don't feel he is listening to us anymore. Tavin and Emmalyne's story was sweet - that they loved each other for eleven years while they were separated. But circumstances brought them back together and what had driven them apart before was changed after families righted wrongs and giving their blessing to them to marry.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Sidebottom

    Land of Shining Water book of 3. Emmalynne and Tavin's story. I'm glad to be able to get past books of Tracie's on ebook in the library. I found the father's character a little hard to like (relate somewhat) and I wanted to stop reading but I did continue as a choice to keep going. Yes God can do the impossible and thankful he does.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    It's well written and the characters developed but I hated it. I don't know what else to say but that I hated the story. I found it depressing regardless of the ending. If cruel and unloving fathers are a trigger for you, don't read it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    LaGail Lenoir

    Didn't like book two. Well I only make it through chapter 3. I jumped to the last chapter to see the ending. The old tradition through me off to continue. Didn't understand why they just get married and that care of their parents. I hope book 3 is just as good as book 1.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I loved this book! Full of challenges, heartbreak, disappointments, and healing and forgiveness. Just the right amount to make for compelling reading.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Love and God can change people!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Great book. Good story and great details. If not for working would have finished this book sooner.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jordin

    I really enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the story. Tracie Peterson's writing pulled me in from the first page.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Another excellent book by Tracie Peterson. A new favorite author.

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