Reviewed by Charity Lyman
Beloved author, Tracie Peterson, brings her readers the second installment in a new series in this latest novel, A Beauty Refined. Part of the Sapphire Brides trilogy, we get to see America through the eyes of a young German woman who is traveling with her father. But mystery and excitement abound as well so don’t be in a hurry to brush this one aside!
Phoebe Von Bergen is the daughter of a wealthy count, Frederick or Graf Von Bergen, overjoyed about taking a trip with her father through America. They are searching for jewels and gems while taking a somewhat scenic tour of the country, ending up in Helena, Montana, where secrets from the past will come to light. Ian Harper, a commoner engaged in lapidary, is well below Phoebe in station but finds himself drawn to the intriguing young woman. Both of them come from two very different worlds and should never have crossed paths, yet they are thrown together when something is exposed, something that could tear apart Phoebe’s world as she knows it.
Tracie Peterson is known for her engaging historical novels and while I have not had the opportunity to read the first book in this series, I found myself drawn in as if I knew these characters. From the first chapter to the last, the pages just kept turning of their own volition, pulling me further and further along! The main characters, Ian and Phoebe, are enjoyable, but I also liked Phoebe’s maid, as well as young Kenny, a little boy that Phoebe meets. He is adorable and ends up being quite a humorous addition to the story.
Peterson fills the pages with lavish details of fashion and scenery, everything from walking dresses to the natatorium, so much so that I felt I could see these things with my own eyes. But I shall not go on any further, lest you let me spill all the wonderfully tasty morsels of this story. Pick it up for yourself and enjoy!
A Beauty Refined Precious Gems Giveaway
Little does Phoebe know that her father’s plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don’t miss Tracie Peterson’s A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. 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.
Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!
One grand prize winner will receive:
One copy of A Beauty Refined
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.