Review: Refining Fire
`Refining Fire` is a Historical Fiction book from Seattle Washington Territory, 1889. It is the second novel of the `Brides of Seattle` series.
Author Tracie Peterson starts this novel in true Tracie Petterson style, with a bit of suspense and lots of faith in God. I haven't read the first of the series but found this novel is complete in and of itself.
I could relate to the character Josephine. Who is tall, with a homely face and mortified at the thought of public speaking. There were unfamiliar words, as well as a few grammatical errors. But, neither one ruined the novel. As for the unfamiliar words, it's good to keep a dictionary close by...maybe even a thesaurus.
Tracie does deal with abuse in this novel. However, she uses scripture to help guide the innocent. I found this comforting, because there wasn't much said about abuse and when there was it brought healing to my own soul. The author speaks of why the reader should forgive those who have used/abused them. That is how the victim can help themselves through the pain. It is a way of redeeming for the victim. So the victim can unload the heavy burdens they have been carrying and give their burdens to God.
It was also interesting to read that during the era of this novel the general public fought against the government just as some do today. Noting they were adding two more bathrooms to the White House, despite the number that they already had, and there were only two people living there.
My favorite quote is: (John 3:16) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, Thou shalt be saved. (Paraphrase mine)(p 273)
Judith Miller's Refined By Love looks like a great follow-up series.
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Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."