Refining Fire is the second novel in best-selling author Tracie Peterson’s Brides of Seattle series. (Read my review of Book One, Steadfast Heart.)
Like the first novel in the series Refining Fire takes place in 1889 Seattle, at a live-in Bridal School where young women learn homemaking, entertaining, and housekeeping skills. Three very proper old ladies run the school. From the synopsis of this novel, we expect to learn about the relationship between Militine, an abused runaway who enters the school as a safe haven, and Thane, a young Seattle firefighter volunteer with a troubled past of his own. However, like Book One of the series, it soon becomes clear that the redheaded, spitfired Abrianna steals the show, and Militine and Thane become secondary characters much like Lenore and Kolbein in Steadfast Heart.
Abrianna continues her mission to help the poor of Seattle as she did in the first novel.
The relationship between Abrianna and Wade really strengthens in this book, and we begin to wonder if they will eventually forge a romantic interest, despite attention from ne’er-do-gooder Priam Welby who wants to court the young lady for his own selfish purposes.
I enjoyed this novel moreso than the first in the series as it had a lot more action, but I do wish the synopses would just start mentioning Abrianna and Wade as the main characters, since they obviously do drive the plot. Also, while I’m sure it’s how proper ladies spoke back in that day, it got kind of old hearing every other sentence begin with “Goodness”, or “Honestly”.
Despite the occasional dragging, I think I will probably read the next book in the series, just because Abrianna and the old ladies are so likeable, and I want to know what happens next in their lives.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.