“We’re quite the pair. She won’t talk about her past, and I won’t talk about mine. Seems there’s very little we trust each other enough to share,” Thane ponders about Militine in Tracie Peterson’s novel, Refining Fire.
Second of the Brides of Seattle series, this three hundred and twenty page paperback targets those who enjoy historical romance. With no profanity or overtly sexual scenarios, the topic of physical abuse and human trafficking may not be appropriate for immature readers. After the story, the author’s biography and advertisements complete the book.
In this continuing saga set in the late eighteen hundreds in Seattle, twenty-two-year-old Militine Scott has found a touch of solace living at the Madison Bridal School, keeping her past well hidden. Her best friend, the outspoken and opinionated Abrianna, proselytizes her to rely on God for forgiveness and trust as the niece of the school owners’ establishes a food house to minister to the poor and friendless.
While Militine assists Abrianna with feeding mainly homeless sailors and sometimes unsavory men, the girl who is afraid to show her true self gravitates to Thane Patton whose job is to protect the school’s girls. Being a firefighter with a violent upbringing, he is equally drawn to Militine, knowing they both want to forget their pasts living with tyrannical fathers and dark secrets.
With Abrianna being the most endearing character of the series, she does not notice Wade’s arduous intentions helping launch the food shelter as the wealthy but untrustworthy Praim Welby vies to court her for ulterior motives.
Containing historical references to the “Great Seattle Fire” that devastated twenty-five city blocks of its business district, religious legalism, proper behavior of women, and illegal underground activities are also examined.
Although predictable as far as the main two characters evolve romantically, the book focuses on one woman’s determined efforts to do what God wants, no matter what the cost as she helps those she loves.
Having written over one hundred novels, author Peterson enjoys history and research. She is a recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award. She and her family live in Montana.
Thanks to Bethany House for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.
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