Review: The Quarryman’s Bride by Tracie Peterson

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the quarryman's bride book coverPublisher: Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0764211164
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4

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?


Prior to reading The Quarryman’s Bride, I’ve heard of Tracie Peterson quite a few times. So when the opportunity to review one of her books arose, I grabbed onto it. I read it almost immediately after I was sent the widget to download it. It took me longer than I’d expected. I finished all 416 pages in two sittings.

The story is well-written. There are twists and turns. It is moderately paced and there aren’t any big suspense moments nor complications in the story. Despite being used to reading fast-paced stories or stories filled with heavy suspense and tension, I comfortably fell into the reading pace for this one.

I didn’t like Emmalyne’s character at all. She lacked spunk and backbone. Right from the start, she could have handled her problems differently. Instead, she handled them in a way that caused pain to herself and to Tavin. I’m not saying that she disobey whatever rules there were. I’m saying that she could have sort a compromise or hash out the issue. After all, certain things aren’t doesn’t go by the either-this-way-or-no-way-at-all method. Her personality was too mild and subdued.

My favorite character is Tavin. He is real. He has the exact personality a normal person would have if they’d suffer heartbreak for 11 years. He has his own personal struggles but he triumphed over them and came out a stronger person. Before reading the book, I’d envisioned him as a typical miner – blackened face, used to rough work, etc. He isn’t that at all. In fact, he isn’t really a miner even! But that’s okay because his actual job is fascinating.

Besides the main mystery, the other important issue is the problem of Emmalyne’s family tradition and her wanting to marry. It was sad that it took 11 years for the problem to be resolved. However, it was good that after 11 years, they handled the issue better. Of course, the circumstances have changed somewhat. That didn’t stop me from thinking that they, especially Emmalyne, could have handled it better when it first arose.

Conclusion: Overall, the story is pretty good. A wide variety of topics are touched upon in the story. There’s depression, union problems (I’m stil having mixed feelings about how that was solved), insanity, sickness, love, and many others. There are some lulls, but the mystery and whatever else that comes along with it makes up for the lapses.

tracie peterson authorAbout the author

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 95 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.

Tracie received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings’ Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership’s vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.

In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell and her daughter Jennifer.

Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests, including USA “Best Books 2011” Awards, best Religious Fiction for Embers of Love!.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family–especially her three grandchildren–Rainy, Fox and Max..

Visit Tracie’s website at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Posted on June 21, 2013, in Book Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Peterson is one of my favourite authors!!! Can’t wait to read this one 🙂

  2. I enjoy Tracie’s books. The slower pace is sometimes a nice switch 🙂

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