A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson + Giveaway

Title:  A Beauty Refined
Series: Sapphire Brides, Book 2
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  July 5, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

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 has done it again. She has given us another captivating novel with A Beauty Refined, filled with intrigue, romance and an integral message woven throughout.  Tracie's level of research are manifested in the genre and the story's setting, giving us more than a glimpse of the sapphire business in early 20th century Montana. It's informative to say the least. What strikes me the most with A Beauty Refined is not necessarily the romance, but the different relationships that takes center stage to the story. The relationship between Phoebe and her father, Phoebe with her mother, and the relationship between Phoebe's parents with each other, are complicated with secrets and lies, eliciting emotions within the characters as well as the readers. And that's what makes Tracie's stories so enticing.  

The message of hate, of love and strength between the characters and their journey in faith will have you seeking more.  One sees the groundwork of an inspirational message from the very first page, paving way to the revelation of not only Phoebe and Ian's acceptance, but other character's redemption. As a reader, I appreciate when the message is gradual with a confirmation, and not something thrown at you the last 5 pages. 

In all, A Beauty Refined is fast-paced, filled with multiple dynamics that will have you turning the page.  We then, walk away gaining a little more knowledge, while being entertained and enlightened.  Plus, who can turn away a book with that cover? 

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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TTracie 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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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

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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