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A Treasure Concealed #1, of the Sapphire Brides collection by Tracie Peterson
So much promise lay in the gold mining camps in Montana. But would it pan out? Emily Carver has her doubts, despite her father’s insistence. But when Caeden Thibault arrives on the scene in search of a quiet life, Emily thinks there might be treasure to be found after all.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Sapphire Brides
Emily Carver wants a home where she can put down roots instead of following her gold-hungry father from one mining camp to another. She also longs for tenderness and love, both of which are missing in her life. Yet when she realizes she's losing her heart to the intriguing new man in camp, she fiercely fights her feelings, afraid that love will only result in disappointment and heartache.
Caeden Thibault, a young geologist, comes to Montana to catalog minerals indigenous to the state. He's a serious and guarded young man trying to escape the pain of his past. He has avoided all romantic entanglements, fearing he might become like his abusive father. But something about Emily Carver has caught his attention, something he never expected. . . .
Will these two broken souls allow God to bring healing and hope to their hurting hearts?
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Nearly Perfect BookSeptember 4, 2016alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5A Treasured Concealed is the first book in Traci Petersons new series Sapphire Brides.
All Emily Carver wants out of life is a home of her own. To put down roots and to stay in on place for the rest of her life. Unfortunately for her, her father moves from mining town to mining town looking for the looking for the big strike that he is sure God has promised him.
After his fathers death, Caeden Thibault moves west to begin his career as a geologist. Although he is the heir to one of America largest fortunes, Caeden find that the open of the west hold great appeal for him. On a job for the government in the wilds of Montana, Caeden becomes acquainted with Emily and her family and is drawn to their love and loyalty to each other.
Both Caeden and Emily begin the book with a less than ideal relationship with God, but as the book progresses both find a closer connection with Him. Caeden has been jaded towards God since he was a young boy and Emily, who knew that both her parents are believers, but always thought that would be enough for her. I love the journey that the author takes with both of these characters to finding a personal relationship with God.
Even the villain of the book struggles with the concept of God and Heaven and Hell which I found to be a great addition to the story line.
I can always count on Traci Peterson to bring a well written, faith based book. There were several conversations about Jesus, the cross and salvation and one was actually a few pages long, not just a passing comment or two. I loved that. I felt that the author really wanted this to be a witness. These things are what set apart a Christian novel.
If you have never read a Traci Peterson book, this would be a perfect one to start with.
4.5/5 stars for a nearly perfect book.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5very goodAugust 6, 2016ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was a well done historical western romance. I really liked Emily and Caeden. They seemed to get along really well. I enjoyed the storyline and that Emily wasn't looking to get rich but only to be able to have a real home someday. I look forward to book 2 in this series.
Janice MccrimmonDowners Grove, ILAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5awesome read!May 7, 2016Janice MccrimmonDowners Grove, ILAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5this is an excellent read-I couldn't put it down. Filled with the right amount of mystery, suspence and drama and excellent character development. Also filled with Christian values and emphasizing forgiveness and a loving God. Can't wait for the sequel!
Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Treasure Concealed by Tracie PetersonMay 5, 2016Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I think Tracie's novels can't get any better, they do. This was wonderful! I hated for it to end. I felt so sorry for sweet, patient, loving Emily. I love the way the story was put together. A slowly building romance, danger, evil lurking, Christians in poverty yet community and when I thought it couldn't get any worse for Emily, good things started happening. Christian faith strong in spite of circumstances. Finally realizing God loved them and seeing Emily and Caeden coming to faith in Jesus touched my heart. Justice finally prevailed but brought no satisfaction. The way God worked things out was precious. I wasn't able to predict the outcome which is the way I like it. The ending shouted "and they lived happily ever after." Surpassed my expectations. My kind of novel. Can't wait for #2 in series Sapphire Brides.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5For Fans of Historical Christian FictionApril 20, 2016JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Treasure Concealed is the first book in Tracie Petersons new series, Sapphire Brides. Set in Montana in the late 1800s, this is the story of Emily Carver. Emilys father is a miner determined to strike it rich. All her life, hes moved her and mother wherever the next big strike was rumored to be. Now her mothers health is failing and Emily is worried that shell never enjoy a stable life because she feels duty-bound to watch out for her father wherever he goes, whatever the cost to her.
When Caeden Thibault, a young geologist, comes to study the area on behalf of the government, Emilys father graciously welcomes him to stay on their property and take his meals with them. Emilys mother declares him to be the answer to her prayers for her daughter but both Emily and Caeden resist, convinced that the mothers desire can never come to be.
This is the story of God gently leading people to the real desires of their heart, sometimes in spite of themselves. Its a beautiful story full of truth. I am happy to recommend it to fans of historical Christian fiction and thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy in exchange for this honest review.