Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Beauty Refined--Tracie Peterson--Book Review

About the book (provided by Litfuse)...
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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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.
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And I thought . . . 
I truly can't say enough good things about this book.  
To tell you the truth I haven't recently been too interested in Historical novels.  I began my adult reading career reading Historical Romance.  And then I found contemporary. I was hooked.  And then I found Contemporary Suspense.  But because of Tracie Peterson's worked I am now a fan of Historical Romance again.  

And now a fan of Tracie Peterson.  
A Beauty Refined is book 2 in the series.  
I look forward to reading more in this series.

The story was interesting from page one.  I have to admit I expected a boy meets girl romance.  Followed by events that separate them.  And then the two getting together in for a happy ending.  
I was very wrong.   And that was refreshing.
           There is a Happy Ending 
The romance is only part of the story.  The storyline as described above is about the challenges Phoebe faces once she learns about lies and deceptions in her family.  

The story also has a bit of intrigue. There's some plotting, double-dealing, and 
underhandness in more than one character. 
These aspects of the story make it not a typical romance.  

And I liked that. A Beauty Refined is worthy of my 5 star rating. 

I wish to thank Litfuse for allowing me the opportunity to read this book.  I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. 
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A huge thanks Tracie Peterson for 
re-introducing me to Historical fiction. 

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