Review of The Miner’s Lady
Chantel Panetta returns to the town of Ely, grateful to see her family, but hardly grateful to leave the beauty of Italy for this old mining town. She is surprised to find that Ely was not the same small town that she was glad to leave behind a year ago. Even more so, those she left behind in Ely had also surprisingly grown. Her younger sister had not only grown into a beautiful young lady, but had also grown to love. Chantel would have been more then happy for her sister if the person her sister had grown to love wasn’t part of the family’s longest known enemy, the Calarcos.
Though she doesn’t agree, Chantel decides it would be safer to keep an eye on her sister, then allow her to take off to see this boy alone. She agrees to help her sister sneak in some time alone with the Calarco boy. What she does not expect is that she in turn would have to run interference for the two of them. When Dante Calarco comes searching for his younger brother, Chantel finds herself face to face with a decision to either talk to Dante Calarco, or risk him finding her sister with his brother. Though Chantel can’t deny that Dante’s bully attitude angers her, she also can’t deny the feelings that soon start to develop with every encounter she has with the older Calarco boy.
When Chantel learns that maybe love IS worth the risk, she decides that this union between her sister and the younger Calarco boy may be exactly what they need in order to stop this feud. That is until a tragedy at the mine strikes, putting all their efforts as risk of being lost forever. Will the two families be able to put aside their anger, and their ancestral feud, in order to overcome this tragedy? Or will the Calarcos and Panettas refuse to come together and allow all hope to be buried alive at the bottom of a mine.
Tracie Peterson is a really gifted writer. You can tell a lot of time and research goes into her books. That being said, The Miner’s Lady is a book that would be loved by all who find historical romances to be their thing. This book, I found, weighed heavy on the historical side of mining and the lives of those who lived among this mining town. If you are really into the history side of these books, and love soaking in this knowledge, I’d say you will for sure LOVE this book. On the romantic side of things, the story was a wonderful one, for sure, but may have not been as much of the focus of the book as you would desire.
I did not find a problem with the way Tracie Peterson prioritized this book, but as the reader, I was fighting a little between the three sides of this book: this history of mining, the family feud, and the romance. I love reading historical romances, but I expect the historical details to play a part more so in the background of the story. Being a mining town, I expected to get a lot of details of those lives living within it, but it seemed to play a huge part of this story. I struggled to get past this at first, as the story world was being built, but I understood the necessity. Eventually the family feud and romance comes into play more, and being the dramatic romantic, I flew through that part of the book (in other words, finished the book that night).
I admire Tracie Peterson’s dedication to research, as you can see it very well in her novels, and would not be disappointed to find myself reviewing another one of her books.
-I received this book for free through Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.