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?
The Quarryman's Bride is a fascinating tale of love lost and faithful choices. I must admit, I found it hard to identify with Emmalyne's choice but loved her faithfulness and spirit. That alone kept me turning page after page, hoping to find that Emmalyne's choice was rewarded in some way. I'm not sure that I could have remained so positive or cheerful if so many things had been taken away from me, and yet that was Emmalyne's charm.
While Emmalyne had a tough choice to make in the beginning, it didn't get any easier later, when her family returned to the quarry. This time she purposely chose the hard road and tried to follow God's wishes, not her own, and that upped the fascination factor for me.
I really enjoyed The Quarryman's Bride. It's a great story, full of faith, emotion, and taking up one's cross - something that many of us don't do enough. With side plots of union troubles relating to the quarry and the stereotypes relating to the mentally ill, this book is not lacking action or intrigue, either. It's not just a great beach read - it's a great anytime read.
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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.
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I received a free copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.