The moment I had read the book blurb of A Beauty Refined, I was hooked. A book that promised love, beauty, mystery and intrigue along with a historical romance begged to be read. I was not disappointed; the book is well written, full of surprises and twists that keep me awake. The times, culture, mannerisms, parties and times of a bygone era are depicted so perfectly by the author.
Phoebe is beautiful, sweet and a delight to be around, her gentle nature and calm demeanor was so endearing. She invoked admiration and ruffled many a hearts with her exquisite beauty but it was the gentle, handsome Ian who she fell in love with.
The book has the sweet, slow romance between the two and it was so refreshing to read the nothing urgent, getting to know each other kind of love. Where holding hands was a big thing and stealing looks the ultimate rush.
The suspense in the book is from Elizabeth, and Frederick Graf Von Bergen, Phoebe’s father. His search for the sapphires and his underhanded ways. The cheating, lying and trickery would put any modern day movie to shame. A lie that changed lives and deprived children, a man so selfish and evil that he would not hesitate to harm his own. Above all this, the case of domestic violence – a cruel truth that age, money or culture has no impact on the nature of a person inclined to abuse.
The book handled the sensitive subject of marital abuse, lies and infidelity with a gentle touch. The author has done full justice to the topic. She highlighted the fear and helplessness of the victim and how one must stand up against abuse. How difficult it was for a woman to survive and escape the violence in that era.
The book draws heavily from god, asking us to keep faith and that even though we might feel slighted or forgotten by god, it is never so. Just like the stones and sapphires are faceted and polished to make them shine, god tests us to make us stronger. It is all about the intangible faith and love. The author, Tracie Peterson has intertwined faith and prayer with the challenges faced by the characters making them stronger effortlessly.
Ian and Phoebe find themselves after almost losing each other, the dramatic twist, the intrigue and the quest to procure and sapphires all lead to the climax which quite a cliff-hanger. I was more worried about Ian than anyone else, I am biased towards him. A leisurely read that was a good romantic read as well as full of drama – a historical romance with all the grandeur of yesteryear’s.
(I received a copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange of my review.)
About the book:
A Beauty Refined (Bethany House, July 2016)
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.
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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.
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About the author:
Tracie 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.