Refining Fire

Refining FireRefining Fire by Tracie Peterson
Series: Brides of Seattle
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Bethany House on June 30, 2015
Pages: 321
Also in this series: Steadfast Heart
Also by this author: Steadfast Heart

 

Militine is a girl with a haunting past and cynical perspective; Abrianna is a girl with a faith-filled past and a glittering outlook on the future. Both attend a bridal school where they are taught how to prepare for married life, and Refining Fire is the story of the relationship between these two women, their strengths and downfalls, and their journey to discovering love.

My first introduction to Tracie Peterson was her Heirs of Montana series, and I was blown away by the power of those stories. They were moving, unpredictable, and came across as very real. Unfortunately, this latest novel is hers falls far short of this for me.

I struggled to get into the story because there really wasn’t much happening.

I struggled to get into the story because there really wasn’t much happening! There were hints of upcoming drama at points, but they were so far removed from the actual action that when it did come, its possible impact had been lessened. That said, I will say that the subject matter covered was very original and insightful – the themes of caring for the ‘poor among us’ and women’s roles in the body of Christ came across very well.

The subject matter covered was very original and insightful.

I have to say, however, that it was hard to believe in Abrianna. She is good and pure to the extreme; her intentions are wonderful, and her heart is something we all must strive for, but in many ways she did seem too perfect for much of the book. Her saving grace was the few foolish decisions she made, so in a way she is still a rounded character, but I did find it very hard to like her.

I would recommend this book if you’re looking for something light and unchallenging.

I enjoyed and identified with Militine though, and the romance in the book is very sweet; that was a pleasure to read.

In all, I would recommend this book if you’re looking for something light and unchallenging (and we all have times when that is the kind of book we’re after). However I struggled with it and it certainly is less than what I have enjoyed earlier from Tracie. Every reader is different, though…

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