Thursday, July 16, 2015

#REVIEW: Refining Fire by Tracie Peterson

Title: Refining Fire
Series: Brides of Seattle #2
Author:  Tracie Peterson
Published Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: paperback
Pages: 352
ISBN:  9780764210624
Genre: Christian romance
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Militine Scott, twenty-two, is in training at the Madison School for Brides in Seattle, Washington. Though she has no intention of pursuing marriage–believing no man will have her–she has found the school provides the perfect opportunity to hide her unsavory past.

Thane Patton, though fun loving and fiercely loyal to his friends, hides a dark secret, as well. He finds himself drawn to Militine, sensing a haunting pain similar to his own.
Will they finally allow God to make something new and beautiful from the debris of the past?

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Though this is the second in a series, I had no problems reading it. Each of these books can be read as stand alones, and that definitely helps. The series centers around a bridal school in Seattle called Madison Bridal School, which is supposed to teach classes on decorum, cooking, sewing, everything you need to be the “perfect wife”.
This happens to be the perfect place to hide for a young lady named Militine, who has no intentions of marrying anyone. We learn of her dark past, and her unbelief in God, which is a result of said past. Militine is a character I could relate to easily with my own hard past and disbelief in God. We also meet three other characters: Abrianna, Militine’s best friend, as well as Wade and Thane, two young men at the same age, who help out around the bridal school. Predictably, they each pair up romantically.
While this book follows these four characters, it also deals with harsh topics, like human trafficking, misogyny and physical abuse. The author does a good job of writing in these side storylines, and addresses them fully without letting them dangle at the end.

This book was an enjoyable, quick read for me. This is the first book I have read from this author, and I will be looking for more books from her.

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