Like the first book in this series, Steadfast Heart, Refining Fire tells the story of one of the minor characters while continuing, and pretty much focusing on, the story of Abrianna Cunningham, the star of the series. In this book, though, it worked. I don't know if that is because I was expecting it or because I especially liked the story. As I had hoped, Tracie Peterson chose to tell readers more about Militine Scott and Thane Patton in this book. Militine wasn't who she was portraying herself to be in her minor role in Steadfast Heart; Peterson did a beautiful job of showing readers how and why people can be dramatically different on the inside--and why it's often worth it, for both parties, to patiently urge someone to reveal their true self. Thane was just the person to do this for Militine.
And Wade is just the person for Abrianna. I can't wait to read the conclusion of their story in Peterson's next book, Love Everlasting, due out later this year!
Refining Fire has a lot to offer its readers. I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending a complimentary copy to me in exchange for this review. I recommend this book.