A Fireproof Home for the Bride;Amy Scheibe
St. Martin's Press - 2015
In A Fireproof Home for the Bride, the protagonist, Emmaline (Emmy) Nelson was born into a strict, hard working religious family. Her parents are Lutherans, and her husband had been selected for her early on -- it's Minnesota in the mid-50's. Although Emmy wants to please her family, she also longs for her independence. It isn't until her fiance, a young man 10 years older than her, does something despicable, does she have the courage to break away. She finds a job at a small newspaper, against her parents wishes, and meets a nice young man of a different faith--Catholic. His family is warm, kind and accepting, unlike her own family.
Working at the newspaper Emmy is hoping to have her skills recognized. She begins researching some fires back in her hometown and makes some shocking discoveries about some of the people closest to her. Her findings reveal the unimaginable evil done by people who profess to be religious.
I must say that this novel started off painfully slow for me, and I almost gave up. Once the story got going though I found it more engaging. The characters are well developed and I enjoyed watching Emmy mature, becoming independent and her own person. The vivid descriptions of the land, harsh winters, and life in Minnesota and North Dakota worked well too. This book has a little bit of everything in it: coming of age, mystery, racism, and even romance. Overall, a decent read.