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.
What I thought about the book
Tracie Peterson has long been one of my favorite authors, so it was a pleasure to read A Beauty Refined. And since I lived in Montana for a couple decades, it was easy for me to picture Helena in my mind. I enjoy historical fiction. If you do, too, you will enjoy this early-1900's era story.
This story deals with some tough topics, such as deceitfulness, domestic abuse, a dysfunctional family, and some violence, so be aware in case these might be emotional triggers.
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.
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Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.
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