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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Quarry is the second novel in the Firehouse Family series by Laurie Loveman. Set in 1933, the story follows a group of characters as they navigate the adventure called life while trying to survive. Life in their small town is not that interesting so everything counts. Life for Dr. Jessica Malloy is extra difficult as one of her patients is quickly losing her battle with cancer. Gentle and kind Maudie seems to be reaching her end, but Jess is trying to find a cure that may increase the quality of her life. Being this close to her also made Jess draw close to Maudie's son Boris, a dashing young man who works as a quarry foreman. They soon start a relationship and are happy together. As they try to navigate their relationship, they realize that their happiness doesn’t depend just on each other. With the quarry in serious financial trouble and Maudie’s deteriorating condition, they have to stay on their toes at all times. Can they find a way to survive these hard times? Or will they succumb to pressure?
Although I haven’t read the previous novel in the series, I had no issues with getting invested in The Quarry. I loved the dynamic between Boris and Jess; they were a real pair and enjoyed each other’s company even with their age gap. They complemented each other and allowed each other to grow and develop. What really stood out to me was the fact that these characters had real issues; the characters are believable and seem very real. Laurie Loveman kept the momentum going by adding new surprises and characters to the story. She gave every character enough page space for me to get invested in them. I wanted to know more about the characters. I hope she gives Eli more page space in the next novel in the series as he stood out to me the most. This is an entertaining family/mystery story that I enjoyed tremendously.