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Emmalyne Knox has always loved Tavin MacLachlan. But when tragedy strikes her family, Emmalyne's father declares she can no longer marry. Despite Tavin's pleas to defy the decision, Emmalyne refuses. In her act of obedience, she gives up the future she'd always dreamed of.


When Emmalyne's father returns to the quarry business years later, Tavin and Emmalyne meet again. And though circumstances have changed in both of their lives, they cannot deny the feelings that still exist. Can Emmalyne find a way to heal the decade-long wound that has fractured the two families...and change the hearts of those who stand in the way of true love?

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Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over one hundred 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 ho
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Product Details

  • Series: Land of Shining Water
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764206207
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Traci Peterson does a wonderful job as always of drawing the reader into her stories, this book is no different.

I absolutely love how she weaves together a flowing storyline that brings the end to restoration and healing, all the while the story is stitched together with God's love, patience and forgiveness center stage.

I especially enjoyed Peterson's portrayal of the Scottish culture, which seemed to be fairly accurate and well researched. Having a Scottish friend it has given me some insight into the culture and some of the traditions.

This book is the second in the series, but found that it could be read as a stand-alone book, just as easily as a series.

I quite enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book for all you Peterson fans. Watch for the third book in the series The Miner's Lady.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
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This one kind of reminds me of an old movie called Anne of Green Gables. Where it took three movies for them to finally get together. I have a special place for Historical Romances and this one doesnt disappoint. It is a sweet story that starts with a question: What would you do if honoring your parents meant sacrificing your own heart's desire? Now I think in this day and age that this is a question that would get slapped in the face! But back then you pretty much did what your parents wanted. This one had a wonderful twisting plot involving a potential rival for Emmalyne's affections. I love that the author doesnt fake details! She is known for her research and historical detail and that certainly plays a huge part in this book! This book will suck you back in time to the 19th century.
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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Cussed TRADITION entangled love in this 1897 tale. Tracie Peterson expectedly writes enjoyable historical Christian fiction. "Quarryman's Bride," story 2 of "Land of Shining Water" is a `BLAST.' Sorry for the pun. Even tough and rugged quarrymen will enjoy this read. Romance is but a portion of life for these near-end 19th century families. Lasses will swoon over the chivalry.

Tradition combined with a fatal tornado ended a proposed marriage as quickly as the storm death of 2 wee girls. Scot/Welch traditions evolved from faith in the Bible's words. Emmalyne could nae oppose that. What would a St. Cloud return offer 11 years later? Would Tavin be married to another?

The story tells, through Em's ma, just how devastating depression can become. Sabotage interferes with the work to complete a contract at the quarry. Union tension is high for all quarrymen's families. The nearer the final pages approach, the more intense the action and suspense.

A conflict-driven yarn. As father Luthias said after Tavin appeared to begin working side-by-side at the quarry--11 years after Luthias denied his wedding to daughter Emmalyne:
"It can bode nothin' guid."
Slight brogue dialects and historical word usage makes the 19th century period come alive.

Peterson spins another rock-solid story. My appetite was whetted for the next in the adventure series, posted as "The Miner's Lady." If you missed book one, here's a link: Icecutter's Daughter, The (Land of Shining Water).
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These are love stories of course, but I love the way that Tracie Peterson weaves the tale and the descriptions of activities, the clothing, the animals, the look of everything. I can easily imagine it all in my mind. My sister read one of her books and said they are just romance novels, but I love
the cleanness and Godliness of so many of the characters.
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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.
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