Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book review: A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

About the book:

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.

My review:

I'm always amazed at how authors come up with new ideas and settings for their novels.  And after more than 100 novels, Tracie Peterson has done it again!  The Sapphire Brides series takes place in Montana mining country near the turn of the 20th century.  I enjoyed reading about a previously unknown to me setting.

The situation of all the characters was very intriguing, as well.  British and German nobility and western Americans came together to make an interesting cast of characters.

The other thing I loved about this book was that even though this was the second book of the series, not for a moment did I feel like I was missing anything by not having read the first book.  

I recommend this book for those who like historical fiction and romance.

I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. 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. Learn more at

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