Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

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A Beauty Refined (Bethany House, July 2016)
What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?
Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions—both for her and the gemstones—are not what she thinks.
Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie–a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.
Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.
Tracie Peterson


Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.
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My review:
Tracie Peterson, one of the top Christian writers of historical romance fiction, has returned with another success.  She captivates the reader's attention from the first page as she describes the elegant Montana Broadwater Hotel. While the plush carpets, silk draperies, and reknowned natatorium (swimming pool building) may enthrall we readers, it does not impress Count Von Bergen, newly arrived from Europe to make sapphire purchases. His daughter Phoebe is less critical and has determined that she will enjoy every moment of her visit trip to America.  Little does she realize that soon life as she knows it will begin to unravel, as she learns that the father that has always doted upon her is a very different person than what she believes.  This Montana story set in 1907 is a success on all counts. Peterson has always excelled in capturing the beauty and the danger of America's west at the same time she creates characters whose challenges, temptations, and successes are  the fabric of life, no matter what time or place. The themes of greed, deceit, and abuse versus love, trust,faith and loyalty which run through this story could find homes just as easily in a story set in Biblical times or even modern day America.  I received a copy of this title from Litfuse for my honest review.

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