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‘A Beauty Refined’ by Tracie Peterson - A Review

Have you ever written a book?  Yeah, me neither.  But Tracie Peterson has written over 100 of them!  An author with a career spanning over 20 years must know how to craft a compelling tale.  I was not disappointed.

A Beauty Refined is a historical romance with mystery, murder, and intrigue. 

From the back cover:
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.


The story was interesting, and held my attention while reading it.  The characters were (mostly) realistic.  The heroes and heroines were very likeable, the villains completely detestable.  Faith featured prominently in the story, and was an important part of the relationships that are built throughout the story.

It is the second in the Sapphire Brides series, but I have not read the first, and had no confusion, so it works very well as a stand alone novel.

The only thing about the book I wasn't completely sure if I liked was the fact that it seemed rather far-fetched.  The absolute evilness of the villain was a little off-putting and made the story seem less realistic.

If you like historical romance books, I highly recommend reading A Beauty Refined.  It is a Christian book and doesn't have any risqué scenes.

You can purchase a copy here

I was given a free copy of A Beauty Refined from Litfuse in exchange for participating in their blog tour. 

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