The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson

About the Book:

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, Orlando's brother.

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?

About the Author: 
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Web site at and her blog at

The Miner's Lady is the third in Tracie Peterson's Land of Shining Water series.  While I loved the first two books (The Icecutter's Daughter and The Quarryman's Bride), I believe this one is my favorite of the three!!  

The Miner's Lady is in the same vein as Romeo & Juliet or the Hatfields & McCoys.  In this story of two Italian families who are at odds from as far back as the old country work in the same mines and keep up the feud.  Meanwhile, two of their children fall in love and have clandestine meetings as their love grows.    In the meantime, two older siblings try their hardest to keep the peace between the families.  

Peterson does a great job pulling the reader into the life of the miner, the fears and grunge connected to the mines and the love and family values of the Italian family.  Chantel is a sneaky, but lovely young woman who believes in love and wants her sister to experience love.   Dante is the older brother of Orlando and he is put in charge of keeping Orlando and Isabella apart. Throughout the book, God works on the hearts of both families... and through circumstances that happen and people they love.  There is an "A-ha" moment, when you kind of figure out how it will all end, but the story has drawn you in so far.... it doesn't matter.  The end may be predictable, but the getting there is NOT!  I couldn't put the book down, I was so pulled in to the storyline.  

I would definitely recommend this book, as well as the other two in this series! If you want a fun, mildly comedic, romantic and spiritually sound book-- this is it!  Enjoy!!