Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson

**I received a free review copy (my first!) of The Miner's Lady through the Bethany House Publishers/Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.**

The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson

I've read three other of Miss Peterson's stories and greatly enjoyed them; having 90+ books under her belt, she's certainly a pioneer in Christian Fiction publication. However, I wouldn't list this book as one of my favorites.

The story is rather cliche and predictable; as I read, I felt like I had read another book similar to it. Nothing - and I mean nothing - happened until chapter 6, followed by 12 chapters of several conversations between characters on issues we as readers already knew, and I have to say I found myself bored. Once chapter 18 hit, I finally became interested in the story, wondering how everything would turn out, and for that I was relieved.

While I enjoyed the relationship between the two leading couples, Chantel and Dante, nothing original was brought to the scene; Isabella and Orlando, siblings of the previous couple, had a relationship mirroring Romeo and Juliet. The characters were likable and relatable, but one-dimensional and nothing entirely special.

Still, the book has good themes on forgiveness and God's grace, made me chuckle a few times, and was a fairly enjoyable read once events starting taking place. It wouldn't be my "go-to recommend" book, but if someone asked I would still recommend it.

Sarah's Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

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