Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

About the book:

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.

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My Review:

A Beauty Refined is written in the usual Tracie Peterson fashion.  In this one we are taken to a hotel resort in Montana with Phoebe Von Bergen and her father.  She has accompanied her father from Germany to America so that he may acquire sapphires for a wealthy heiress.  However, in the midst of all the usual business of her father’s, Phoebe finds out that what she thought was her life has turned out to be lies.  Now confronted with another reality, she must now find out who is telling the truth.  Danger abounds in this novel when those you trusted most mean to do you harm. 

One of the big lessons from this story is when do you tell the truth, sometimes or always?  When all is going well and everything lines up or do you always tell the truth no matter how hard, even when you’re very life depends on it?  I liked how the story revolved around bringing out the flaws of gems, and showing how life’s circumstances and trials can shape you and make you the beautiful jewel in God’s eyes that you were meant to be. There is a romance, but I think this story deals much more with familial relationships.  This is the second in the series of the Sapphire Brides but it read well as a standalone. 

My thanks go to Litfuse Publicity for providing me with a copy for an honest review.  The opinions are my own.

About the author

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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