Monday, July 6, 2015

Review of Refining Fire by Tracie Petersen

Brief Synopsis:

Militine Scott, a young twenty-two year old woman has always had to fend for herself since as long as she can remember. Luckily accepted into the Madison School for Brides she is giving the opportunity to learn everything she can to survive on her own, however, unlike the others she has no interest in getting married. Well that is until she meets a young man by the name of Thane Patton. Will Militine open her heart and and soul to another person even though it may require her to face her past that she left behind? 

Thane Patton, a young business man and volunteer fire fighter, like Militine has been on his own since his early teens. Having escaped a murderous father and moving to Seattle with nothing, Thane knows what is like to be on your own. Will Thane open his heart and his past to Militine, even though it may cause him to lose her for ever? Or should he keep his past in the past and build a new future? 

My Review:

I received this copy of Refining Fire from the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

This is the second book in the Brides of Seattle series by Tracie Peterson. Having read the first book in the series "Steadfast Heart" I had the backing to know what the Madison School for Brides was and the back drop of the story. However, if you are a reader who just wants to start with this one you should not have a problem picking up on the story as she does a good job of recapping the first story briefly in the first chapter.

I found that I really liked the characters that Tracie presented this time more than I did in the first book. Militine and Thane grabbed at your heart strings from the moment you first read about them until the very last sentence. You the reader were fighting along side with them as the story continued. In addition, I really enjoyed how she introduced Lenore and her husband into this story so that you get to catch up on her and others that you met in the first book. Lastly, I really did find that it was interesting with the fire that they threw in this book. I think it really was the climax of the book and worked really well.

On the other hand the items that I did not like in this book was that once again I felt like a majority of the book was about Abrianna and Wade. Not that I don't enjoy reading about the two characters but I do think that they could have either been in the first book or the last one by themselves. I think that having them in there distracted from the story of Militine and Thane. It seemed she spent more time on them then she did others. And for this reason I gave this book a 3 instead of a 4 or 5. I will be interested to see how she finishes out this series in the next book "Love Everlasting".

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