The Quarryman’s Bride by Tracie Peterson Bethany House ISBN 978-0-7642-0620-7

The Quarryman’s Bride, by Tracie Peterson, opens in 1886 at the funeral of Emmalyne Knox’s two younger sisters who died as the result of injuries sustained during a tornado while living in St Cloud, Minnesota. Emmalyne and Tavin MacLachlan are to be married in two months. Suddenly, her father forbids the marriage. The reason? Tradition. Emmalyne’s older sisters are married with families of their own. Her sisters tragic death left Emmalyne to honor the Knox family tradition of taking care of her parents. To make things worse, her father announces he is moving the family to Minneapolis. Tavin begs Emmalyne to elope. Heartbroken, she tells him she cannot defy her father.

Fast forward eleven years and the Knox family moves back to St Cloud because Emmalyne’s father has accepted a position at Tevin’s father’s quarry. The past eleven years have not been kind to Emmalyne. Her mother has been physically weakened by her deep depression and sorrow. Her father remains cold, unreasonable and cheap. Emmalyne has done her best to care for her mother as well as tending to the needs of her father and younger brother. She now finds herself living within a few miles of Tevin’s family home and she doesn’t know what to expect. She hasn’t stopped loving him. Does he still love her?

The Knox and MacLachlan families were no strangers to tragedy and sorrow. The author skillfully provides an intimate look into their lives. Family secrets, faith, fear, mistakes and love are presented with compassion and grace. I found the story to be emotionally stirring and believable.

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.

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