3 out of 5 stars
THE QUARRYMAN’S BRIDE by Tracie Peterson, was entertaining, but a bit on the slow side.
Emmalyne Knox is set to wed the love of her life, Tavin MacLachlan, when a devastating accident strikes her family. The custom of the youngest daughter caring for her parents has fallen to Emmalyne. And because of that, she is no longer free to marry Tavin. Out of obedience to her parents, she moves with them leaving Tavin and the broken pieces of her heart behind.
Eleven years later, the Knox family returns to St. Cloud, Minnesota. Emmalyne’s mother has never recovered from the tragedy that tore her family apart and lives in a daze and poor health. Emmalyne’s father is cold-hearted and unfeeling. He rules his family with an iron fist and sharp words, making life unpleasant for Emmalyne and her brother. But returning to St. Cloud is almost more than Emmalyne can bear. Knowing her path will cross with Tavin’s will make an already difficult life even harder.
Tavin has never recovered from losing Emmalyne. He hates her father for going back on his word, and he hates Emmalyne for not running away with him. Now that they are both back in St. Cloud, he feels his anger and hatred reignited, even though his love for Emmalyne has never waned. But nothing has changed. Emmalyne is still out of reach.
THE QUARRYMAN’S BRIDE was a good story . . . I enjoyed it, but the momentum was a bit slow. Some of the sub-storylines seemed distracting and unnecessary to the main plotline. I liked the characters well enough, it just seemed like something was missing. But this will not detour me from reading THE MINER’S LADY, book three in the Land of Shining Water series.