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A Love Transformed #3, in the Sapphire Brides series, by Tracie Peterson
Clara Vesper's husband suddenly dies, however she is not grief stricken. The marriage had been arranged. Primarily they interacted around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. She returns to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana. Curtis Billingham was injured in a sapphire mine collapse and is recuperating at the ranch. Clara was once the love of his life. Now he feels hs is not worthy of her love. Adolph's brother and business partner Otto follows Clara to Montana to pursuade her to return to the family business because he is fearful the company will fail with out her design skill. What dangerous secret in her husbands life can threaten everyone she loves?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Sapphire Brides
When Clara Vesper's husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned--but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara decides to return to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy.
Curtis Billingham, injured in a sapphire mine collapse, is recuperating at the ranch of his friends, Paul and Madeline Sersland. But when the Serslands' niece returns from New York City, Curtis curses both his broken body and his broken past. Clara, the love of his life, has come back to him, but he is no longer worthy of her love.
Clara's brother-in-law Otto Vesper, Adolph's business partner, fears that the loss of Clara's design skills will doom the company's prospects. Following her to Montana, Otto is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Clara to return with him to New York.
As Clara fights for love and freedom, a dangerous secret in her late husband's life comes to light, threatening everyone she loves.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Returning 'home' isn't always easy...October 23, 2017TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5'Montana' and 'sapphires' were the only two words I needed to see to know that I wanted to read A Love Transformed and the rest of the Sapphire Brides series. Of course, it really didn't hurt that it was written by one of the Christian fiction authors that I've read the longest, Tracie Peterson. I will confess that I haven't read the first two books yet, I have them on my shelf, but I was told that they could be read standalone which, I think, will prove to be true.
Thanks to the talents of author Tracie Peterson, A Love Transformed is both a sweet historical romance and a bit suspenseful. The diabolically clandestine affairs, related to WWI, that endanger our heroine and her children added some lovely tension to the storyline.
Fans of Tracie Peterson are in for a treat as she returns her writing to Montana, the state she herself resides in. A Love Transformed was a good finish to the Sapphire Brides series and I am looking forward to going back and reading the first two.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Nice ending to the series.April 4, 2017alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This is the third book in the Sapphire Brides Series
Widow Clara Vesper has had it with people running her life. First her mother, forced her into a loveless marriage, then her husband who made almost all the decisions regarding their lives, and now that her husband has passed on, her mother is back and determined to procure her another marriage regardless of what Clara wants. Packing up her two children, she sneaks out of the house one night to catch a train out west to her aunt and uncles ranch in Montana.
With the loss of the only woman that he has ever loved, Curtis Billingham has not led a life that he could be proud of. In fact regret has become a word that haunts him daily. Following a mining accident, he now has nothing but time on his hands, but that is when God begins to pursue him.
I have to say up front, out of the three books, this was the one that I struggled to get through. The storyline seemed to drag in the middle of the book, but I could have been me, because I got easily tired of Curtis' "poor me" routine.
While the first two books centered around the Sapphire industry, how they are found and/ or mined, and how they are cut into quality gems, this book didn't seem to center any part of the industry. In the first couple of chapters we find that Clara the jewelry designer for her husband's company, but for the rest of the book, that doesn't seem to come into play and I was really kind of disappointed about that.
Overall I found it to be a decent book to end the series. The things I had a hard time with are more of a personal preference, rather than anything to do with the book itself. I would still recommend it.
Chas Ray5 Stars Out Of 5Best One Yet!January 4, 2017Chas RayQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Love Transformed is Tracie Peterson's third novel in the Sapphire Brides series and one I'm sure you'll love. Used as a pawn her whole life will Clara Vesper find the courage to step out and claim the love and life she desperately wants?
Clara Vesper has known a great love. True it wasn't to her husband, Adolph, but to a man named Curtis Billingham, who she met when she was a teenager. Her mom, who isn't known for her loving kindness, flipped out and demanded Clara marry a man who would promote her up the social ladder. Adolph Vesper doesn't love Clara, but he decides she will make a suitable wife. He didn't realize how suitable until he discovered her ability to design jewelry thus launching his family's highly coveted line of Vesper Yogo jewelry, line. She doesn't take the credit of course, she leaves that to Adolph, she's just happy to have something to fill her time since the nanny takes care of the children.
When Adolph Vesper is murdered Clara is speechless. Who on earth would want to harm her husband? While still reeling from the shock of his sudden and gruesome death Clara learns that her husband, who is normally very savvy with his finances, incured massive amounts of debt and her brother in-law had to bail him out. Basically she's a penniless widow at the mercy of her brother in-law, Otto. She's not too worried, she's always had a pleasant relationship with Otto but when he declares his intent to marry her, after a reasonable amount of time of course, she knows she needs and escape plan. Her mother would be all to happy, not to mention eager, to marry her off to the next eligible, rich man who comes along, brother in-law or not. Her mother has never heard the word no, well she has, but she refuses to accept it.
Curtis Billingham met and fell in love with Clara when they were just teens, on her aunt's farm in Montana. He loved her something fierce and fully intended to marry her until her mother got involved. He wanted to fight for her, he tried but it seemed like it just wasn't meant to be. Losing Clara and then his parents a short time later, Curtis made some decisions that were less than honorable. He was a drunk and a womanizer and if it weren't for Madeline and Paul, Clara's aunt and uncle, there's no telling what would've happened to him. They took him in and cared for him and shared their faith. Curtis will be forever grateful to them for being his surrogate family.
A Love Transformed will draw you in and keep you guessing until the very last page. Clara has known her share of hardships, her mother being one, but she never lets it make her bitter. I was glad she was such a strong and determined woman, especially for her four year old twins, Hunter and Maddie. It would have been easy to marry Otto and live the life in which she became accustom to, but something told her that wasn't the right thing to do. She also could have given in, like she did last time, and let her mother call the shots, she found a suitable husband the first time, who's to say she couldn't do it again? Clara knows in her heart she'll never love another man other than Curtis and she feels like the only place she feels free is the ranch her aunt and uncle own.
Clara's mother, Harriet Oberlin, is a real piece of work. I kept hoping deep down that she loved Clara and was truly concerned with her well being. As it turns out, she sees her merely as a pawn to boost both of them up the social ladder. How can someone be that cold and calculating? Maybe it was just a different time but I found myself feeling so sorry for Harriet. Clara at least had her Aunt Madeline to fill in where her mother was lacking. Harriet had no one and she could only blame herself.
I truly hope you will give A Love Transformed a chance. Even if historical romance isn't you normal genre of choice I believe you will fall in love with the characters and the story. Tracie Peterson has a way of bringing places alive and crafting characters who manage to worm their way into your heart and become friends.
* I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.
Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Love Transformed by Tracie PetersonOctober 19, 2016Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An early 20th century novel about the victim of an arranged marriage. Clara is a wonderful example of accepting what you can't change. She was in a loveless marriage although she lived in luxury. She made the best of her circumstances by concentrating on loving and raising her precious twins and continuing to pray and trust God. A story of faith and forgiveness proving that money doesn't bring happiness but prayer changes things.
I won't give away the plot except to say that God is faithful and the tale comes full circle with a most satisfying ending of justice being served and true love prevailing. A must read! I love Tracie Peterson and I think I have every one of her novels.
Digging4PearlsShippensburg, PAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadOctober 19, 2016Digging4PearlsShippensburg, PAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Clara Vesper finds herself penniless after her husband is murdered. Intrigue surrounds his sudden death. She is concerned about how she'll take care of herself and her two children. She flees to the only place she has ever experienced love, her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana.
Curtis Billingham has never gotten over the loss of his childhood sweetheart. Her mother snatched her away from him before he was able to propose. He's been whirling from disappointment since then. Not sure what to do with his life, he's considering enlisting to fight in the Great War. When tragedy strikes, will he be able to let go of the past and embrace something new?
This book is a page turner full of excitement, intrigue and romance. Tracie Peterson has such an incredible grasp of the time period. This is a book and series I highly recommend.
I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.