This book was a first in a few areas for me. It was the first book by Tracie Peterson that I’ve read and the first one I’ve read that revolves around Italian immigrants in the mining industry. I never thought much about Italians in the historical west, but this book opened my eyes about their role in western history and their customs.
It is a Romeo and Juliet type story. There are two feuding families with some of the younger family members falling in love and the resistance they encounter. Throw in mining accidents, murder and corruption, and you’ve got an exciting story, sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
This is the blurb from the publisher’s website:
“When Chantel Panetta's younger sister claims to be in love with Orlando Calarco, Chantel knows there is no hope. The Panettas and Calarcos have been sworn enemies for decades, and young love cannot heal the deep wounds between the two iron-mining families. Yet, unable to resist Isabella's pleas, Chantel agrees to help her sister spend time with
Orlando...only to have a run-in with Dante, 's brother. Orlando
Chantel can't deny the attraction that flares when she's with Dante. But when a tragedy occurs at the mine, is there any hope that the hatred that has simmered between these two families might be resolved? Or will Chantel and Isabella's hope for love be buried amidst decades of misunderstanding?”
This is categorized as a historical Christian romance but you won’t find it preachy. Any talk of faith is presented in the context of historical heritage.
The publisher's have provided an excerpt on their website HERE.
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