Monday, August 8, 2016

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson Review

A Beauty Refined

by Tracie Peterson   

Historical Romance
Bethany House

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.

My thoughts:

What if everything you believed to be true was built on a lie or rather a series of lies? What if dark danger lurks in your past and your future but you are completely oblivious?

Tracie Peterson has written a story that is different than others I've read in this genre. It is at once mysterious, beautiful, frustrating, happy, tragic, uplifting, dismal, and hopeful. I did not read the first Sapphire Bride book, A Treasure Concealed, but this book stands alone well. It is complete in itself. That's always a concern when one begins a series in the middle. I really encourage you to read the first chapter at the link above. I was not really interested in this book until I read it.

The pace of the book is steady, and the resolution did surprise me. You will find characters to love and hate... and some may surprise you in the end.  There were a few references to one of the characters, how shall I say it delicately, providing extra service? There is nothing explicit, but there is no doubt what happens. I will not be handing this to my teenager to read. It is not central to the story, but it does play a part. I just want you to be forewarned.

All in all, I think that for an adult woman, this is an interesting tale of intrigue which will teach you a bit about the sapphire mining and lapidary business of the time period. Tracie has a talent for setting up impossible to resolve situations, then resolving them in surprising ways.

Read other reviews of A Beauty Refined.

Read my review of Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Sounds so very intriguing Laura. Definitely peaks my interest!!

  2. Where is the giveaway for it? It sounds intriguing and I'd love to try to win a copy! Thanks for the review!

    1. Here's a direct link. Today is the last day to enter.

  3. Sounds like an intriguing story! Thank you for sharing about the giveaway, too!! I just went and entered. :)

    1. Good for you, Cheryl. The jewelry is pretty.


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