Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway - A Beauty Refined


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.


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.

A Beauty Refined Tracie Peterson


This story brings a lot to the table. There is the romance, of course, which is quite predictable but sweet. Then there is the complex story line of a daughter believing her mother to have died when she didn't and all that these lies bring with it. This made the book compelling and a page turner, in my opinion.

Phoebe is a sweet young girl from Germany visiting America with her Father on business. They arrive in the west and are staying at a very nice hotel when Phoebe runs into a little boy at the pool that says she looks like his mother. This opens the door to the fact that Phoebe's mother is alive and how her mother will proceed from here. Phoebe's father is a very stern man who commands those around him and, because of this personality trait, it has affected Phoebe in how she relates to others. This is also why her mother left and Phoebe was told she was dead. The domineering traits of her father have wide reaching affects on others.

This story brings out so much emotion because of the different intensities of the characters. The story  moves quickly and is satisfying in it's complexity. While it doesn't end as you would imagine, it's a story full of intrigue and faith. I loved how Phoebe grows in her maturity and faith and I really loved her the most.

I really enjoyed this story and I think you will, too! I am giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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