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Refining Fire (Brides of Seattle Book #2)

2, Brides of Seattle

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Twenty-two-year-old Militine Scott is in training at the Madison Bridal School in Seattle, yet she has no intention of pursuing marriage. What respectable man would have her? But she has found the school provides the perfect opportunity to keep her unsavory past hidden.

Thane Patton, though fun-loving and fiercely loyal to his friends, hides a dark secret, as well. He finds himself drawn to Militine, sensing that she harbors a haunting pain similar to his own.

Will they allow God to make something new and beautiful from the debris of their past?

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 08, 2015 – In the second book of the Brides of Seattle series by award-winning author Tracie Peterson (Steadfast Heart), Madison Bridal School serves as the matchmaker for two outcasts with troubled pasts. Uninterested in matrimonial preparation, Militine Scott has come to Mrs. Madison's school as a refuge from her abusive, alcoholic father. There she meets Thorne Patton, a ship repairman who sheepishly walks her and her best friend Abrianna to church every Sunday. However, much of the romance in Militine and Thane's budding relationship remains cursory throughout; the real emotion of the book comes from opinionated, pious Abrianna. Her altruistic endeavors to help the poor and a jolting surprise from her past pick up the narrative slack. A large cast of characters and the use of multiple POVs make the setting come alive, but eventually the diversity of voices detracts from the main plot. Despite Militine's sputtering narrative, fans of Peterson will enjoy the new additions to Madison Bridal School.

Customer Reviews

Second book in series!

Refining Fire by Tracie Peterson is the second book in the Brides of Seattle series. It takes place in Seattle, Washington Territory in 1889. Abrianna Cunningham and Militine Scott attend the Madison Bridal School. Militine is attending the school, but she is not serious about finding a husband. She has secrets in her past (she is only twenty-two) and does not think anyone will ever want her if they find them out. Thane Patton knows something about secrets. He is attracted to Militine and would like her to consider a future with him. Can these two overcome their past to have a beautiful future? Will they be able to survive Abrianna and her ideas?

Refining Fire can easily be read without having enjoyed the first book in the Brides of Seattle series. I have read just about every book ever written by Tracie Peterson and this is the first one that I have not enjoyed. I found it to be very preachy. It is over the top, in your face, shove it down your throat preachy (I prefer it to be more subtle). The story is cute though predictable. It is a normal, Christian romance book. I did not like Abrianna. I found her to be an unlikeable character (very pushy). I give Refining Fire 3 out of 5 stars. The writing is good (as always), but I just did not enjoy the story.

I received a complimentary copy of Refining Fire from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Refining Fire (Brides of Seattle Book #2)
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Religious
  • Published: Jun 30, 2015
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Seller: Baker Book House Company
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: 2, Brides of Seattle
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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