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A Beauty Refined #2, the Sapphire Brides series by Tracie Peterson
Lies, deception, cruelty, surprises, and dangers await Phoebe Von Bergen as she follows her father from Germany to America. Meeting Ian Harper and discovering the truth about her father makes her more determined than ever to live her own life. But it won’t be as simple as the innocent beauty believes…and hers will not be the only life impacted.
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Sapphire Brides
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Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem.
Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the 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. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Remarkable second bookApril 3, 2017alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5A beauty refined is the second book in the Sapphire Bride series.
It begins with German socialite Phoebe Von Bergen who comes to Montana with her father to purchase sapphires from the local mines. When her father leaves for Helena for business, Phoebe literally runs into a person from her past.
Ian Harper has a great talent for cutting raw stones and making them valuable gems. When he meets Phoebe, Ian believes that God has woven their paths of life together, but Phoebe is not so sure.
I really enjoyed getting to know Phoebe and Ian both as individuals and as a couple. To watch Phoebe grow out of her father's shadow into a confident young woman who is able to start believing who God is and what His plan for her life might be. I thought it was wonderful that the author chose to have Phoebe struggle with trust given her situation.
Ian character was my favorite though. As a strong Christian, it was interesting to read about the struggles that God allowed in his life and how he worked through them. Yeah, he didn't always make the right decisions, but he always looked to God for guidance.
Traci Peterson continues to raise the bar on christian fiction. Not only are her book well written, well researched with characters that just jump right into your heart, she always includes the gospel message.
This book was a light read, I got through it in a couple of days so it's perfect for a weekend read.
I think this is one of my very favorite series by this author simple because she did a theme and had different characters for each book.
NOTE: There is a small part in this book that a woman is beaten. There is nothing graphic, the aftermath is written about, but if you have a younger daughter that would like to read this book, I would recommend that you read it first.
Over all though, I enjoyed this book very much and have recommended it to several people.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another great read!September 29, 2016kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm always amazed at how authors come up with new ideas and settings for their novels. And after more than 100 novels, Tracie Peterson has done it again! The Sapphire Brides series takes place in Montana mining country near the turn of the 20th century. I enjoyed reading about a previously unknown to me setting.
The situation of all the characters was very intriguing, as well. British and German nobility and western Americans came together to make an interesting cast of characters.
The other thing I loved about this book was that even though this was the second book of the series, not for a moment did I feel like I was missing anything by not having read the first book.
I recommend this book for those who like historical fiction and romance.
I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
Sparrowhawk3 Stars Out Of 5While the story may have some dark overtones, there is a degree of believability that makes the premise far more palatableSeptember 5, 2016SparrowhawkQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Beauty Refined was a remarkably well-executed storyline with well-crafted characters that shed light on the issues of domestic abuse from a Christian vantage point. I recommend this book to anyone with an open mind, and to anyone looking for a bit of courage ― I liked it!
WHAT I LIKED
+ A Beauty Refined takes place during a time when industrial and mining capitalism was on the rise in America; hence, the name for the series Sapphire Brides. Through this lens, Tracie Peterson gives the reader a glimpse into the unrelenting greed and deception in the heart of man and I suppose this is where the book held its merit. That is to say, for a Christian fiction, this book added a surprising amount of weight and depth. It questions the nature of divorce, it challenges the readers morality and vantage point, and it reminds us that whilst our past may look grim and hopeless, God is able to restore those who call upon His name into a beauty refined.
+ A Beauty Refined prides itself with an incredible amount of character development for such a short story. Most of this development focuses on our tragic protagonist, Phoebe who sadly endured a lot of heartache and calamity. Truly, I was stricken with so much grief given her dire circumstances and how they each affected her character arc. It goes without saying that, most of the plots climax is rooted in this deep internal conflict. Its a story that touches on truly frightening issues and the book does a great job at depicting these real life motifs.
The other main character who stole the spotlight was Phoebes egocentric father, Graf Von Bergen; ugh! Ive read a good handful of books penned by Tracie Peterson and I have to say, this antagonist goes down as the worst! This brute imbued all the radical traits of a misogynist cynic which made him more than an archetype ― he is condescending, ambitious, narcissistic, erratically violent with a severe inferiority complex View Spoiler . I was truly skeptical about the way Tracie Peterson was going to resolve the conflicts surrounding Graf Von Bergens character arc. I wont reveal the end, but lets just say, it was undeniably intense, nail-biting and well-drawn out; I was left agape, to say the least, and well leave it at that.
+ Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite writers in the historical fiction genre; thus, it comes as no surprise to say that I loved the writing in A Beauty Refined; particularly how it feels very much like a Colonial novel and imbues a clever yet dark tone to the narration; dark in light of its thematic scope. Even more, the book that is riddled with German culture, even the dialogue!
THINGS THAT MADE GO HMMM. . .
- The only quibble I had with A Beauty Refined was with its otherwise torpid pacing; specifically with the scenes where we are told how sapphires are graded and formed. I dont mean to disprove the authors extensive research and study, however, these factors just didnt seem to pique my interest. Nevertheless, I commend Tracie Peterson for her thorough attention to detail with these beautiful gems and while these scenes did stump the flow of the plotline they do manage to ease the reader into Phoebes world while introducing the supporting characters and the climax at a pace that one is able to keep up with.
In light of the themes addressed in A Beauty Refined, this book may not appeal to everyone. Be that as it may, while the story may have some dark overtones, there is a degree of believability that makes the premise far more palatable. Its certainly worth the read if you are following the series.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of this review, it was not required of me to give a positive review, but to solely express my honest thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5full of history and real issuesAugust 9, 2016Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors to read, partly because I grew up reading some of her books when I first discovered Christian fiction. I am always excited to see that she has a new book coming out or a new series that she has just written.
A Beauty Refined is the second book in her Sapphire Brides series. I appreciate this series because she takes she shows her readers how different choices can affect a person's life for an extremely long time. In this case, Phoebe didn't make these choices herself. She just trusted her dad who had made her think that her life was something that it truly wasn't. Now Phoebe is left having to try to figure out who is lying, what is the lie, and to top it off, lives are in danger.
Historically, I didn't know much about the sapphire mines. In fact, I'm not sure I've even given much thought to the fact that there was such a thing. I appreciated the historical setting a lot because it got me interested in something new. I like when fiction authors pique my interest and make me start googling topics so I can learn more about that time period.
I am definitely looking forward to book 3 being released in this series. Hopefully it won't be too long!
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange fo rmy honest opinion of this book.
Amelia5 Stars Out Of 5Another Gem from Tracie PetersonAugust 9, 2016AmeliaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors and she never fails to disappoint. I enjoy all of her books. While "A Beauty Refined" is the second book in the Sapphire Brides Series, they can be read as stand alones. I am immediately intrigued by Phoebe's story, and once she travels to America and Ian comes into her life, I want her to discover the truth and live in that freedom. I am also a fan of her and Ian's relationship and I am rooting for them throughout the book. Tracie does a fantastic job of telling this story, and allows the reader to feel like they are really getting to know the characters. There is just enough mystery to keep you turning the pages and enough romance to warm your heart. If you haven't done so already add this entire series to your must read list. You will never regret reading a novel from Tracie. I am already looking forward to her next book.
I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity and Netgalley in exchange for my review.