I recently finished reading Refining Fire, the second installment of Tracie Peterson’s Brides of Seattle series. I was thrilled to read this book, as I had read the first one, Steadfast Heart, some months before and loved it. I was excited that this book focused more on Abrianna, the spunky young lady who lives at the Madison Bridal School with her aunt, and was present in the first book. A new character, Militine, was introduced in this novel, and the story follows her and Abrianna through their adventures in Seattle.
The two lead characters, Abrianna and Militine, are unusual choices in a historical novel because they both are independent, energetic women who have no desire to marry and “settle down”. However, being completely opposites, it was fun to watch their friendship grow and develop in the novel.
This book was very well written and engaged, with just the right amount of unexpected turns to keep me on my toes. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance novels, or just loves a good, strong female lead who is not afraid to push aside cultural norms and follow her own path. That describes Abrianna perfectly!
While Refining Fire is part of a series, it could be read as a standalone novel as well. Characters from the previous book are mentioned, but they are also developed independently in this book. However, since the first Brides of Seattle book Steadfast Heart was so enjoyable, I would recommend you read that as well.
I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review. Affiliate links were used in this post.