The Miner’s Lady by Tracie Peterson Bethany House ISBN 978-0-7642-0621-4

In October of 1890, after a year in Italy, Chantel Panetta has returned home to the mining town of Ely, Minnesota to learn that her younger sister, Isabella, intends to marry Orlando Calarco. The problem with their engagement is that the Panettas and Calarcos have been feuding for years, supposedly over the death of a mule. The young couple is certain that with time both families will accept their union. The Miner’s Lady, by Tracie Peterson, is the story of the repercussions of the feud and its effect on the families. To further complicate their lives, Chantel finds herself attracted to another Calarco son.
As the result of a tragedy at the mine, hope surfaces that the two families can put the past behind them and find a way to make peace. The story takes several twists and turns. As the reader follows the characters through their struggles and hardship, it is apparent how important faith is to them.
This is a thoughtfully written novel which carefully examines what is defined as family. The Calarcos and Panettas each have their perceptions of loyalty, tolerance and respect. There is a lot at stake for the families and their story is beautifully written.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House and I give this review of my own free will.

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