The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson is historical fiction set in the late 1890s. I haven't enjoyed one of her books in a long time, but this one was pretty good. It was predictable, a little long in some places, but different and enjoyable overall. :-)
Emmalyne Knox is at the funeral for her two younger sisters when another tragedy strikes. Her father reneges on his permission for her to marry Tavin MacLachlan because of a tradition. Heartbroken, she obeys her parents and moves away with them. Tavin, meanwhile, is furious that Emmalyne wouldn't elope with him and travels to Maine.
Eleven years pass, and Emmalyne's love has never waned for Tavin. When her father says they are moving back to St. Cloud, Minnesota to work for the MacLachlan's quarry, she is dismayed. Is Tavin back home? If so, how can she bear to see him knowing they can never be together.
Tavin travels back home when he hears how sick his sister is. Once there he promises his father he will stay and help him with the business. That was before he found out the Knox's were back in town.... Tavin has no choice but to stay, but at what cost? He can't bear to see Emmalyne again. Not after how she spurned him for her father's ridiculous decree.
Like I said, it was predictable, but aren't all romance's predictable? haha I liked it, though. It was a nice change of pace. :-)
I was given this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.