Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

A Beauty Refined

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.

My Take;  You can count on any book written by Tracie Peterson to be a good one and this book was no exception.  I was really caught up in this story and grew to dislike some of the characters almost from the very beginning and I wondered to myself why some characters would let things go on that were just abusive.  I learned a little bit about sapphires and how they were cut and styled into jewelry.  I liked how the romance developed in the story.  My favorite character was the little boy Kenny.  If you enjoy Historical fiction or Tracie Peterson then you will like this book. 
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. 

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