Friday, September 16, 2016

Sapphire Bride's #3

This is the third and final installment from Tracie Peterson in the Sapphire Brides series. A Love Transformed swept me back to the spring of 1917 in New York City.  

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Clara lacks for nothing in her lavish New York mansion--except love.
When her husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara Vesper is stunned. Not grief-stricken, as their marriage had never been a love match, but staggered by what might become of her and her children. For years she designed the sapphire jewelry that made her husband's company a fortune, but she has little money in her own name and soon discovers that she has inherited nothing. Fearing for the welfare of her two small children, she decides to take them to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy.

But much has changed since she last visited the Montana ranch, both for Clara and for those she was forced to leave behind. And when dangerous secrets from her late husband's past threaten everyone she loves, Clara must fight to remain where she can fulfill her dreams.

Published September 6th 2016
 by Bethany House Publishers 

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Meet the Author:

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.
Tracie received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings’ Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership’s vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.
In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell, Kimberley Woodhouse and her daughter Jennifer.
Throughout her writing career Tracie has found time to speak at writer’s conferences where she has a special heart for new authors. She is often joined by her husband Jim, whose background in history offers new authors insight into research. Besides teaching at conferences, Tracie also at one time managed Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book line – overseeing the production of 52 books a year. Tracie teaches at women’s conferences around the country and shares her testimony and insight for Christian living through the eyes of an author passionately in love with her Heavenly Father.
Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests, including USA “Best Books 2011” Awards, best Religious Fiction for Embers of Love!
Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family–especially her three grandchildren–Rainy, Fox and Max..

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My Thoughts:

In this story I was swept back to the turn of the century right before the war where I met Clara Vesper.  I liked her immediately and my heart actually hurt for her.  As the story opens we find Clara learning that her husband has just been murdered in the street.  Adolph wasn't the great love of her life, but she had come to care for him. Suddenly she is faced with the not only raising their two children on her own, but doing so without any money because Adolph had not provided for them in his will.  I know it was the norm in history for men to control the finances in the family, but it sounds so scary for a woman.  I'm sure Clara was more than a little scared  for not only herself, but also her young children.  
Clara shows great strength of character when she makes the decision to leave the comforts of her lavish mansion and return to the one place that she thought of as home-Montana.   She had spent many summers on Uncle Paul and Aunt Madeline's sheep farm. She learned to cook, clean and take care of the animals, but more importantly she had learned about God and his empowering love.  12 years ago when her mother forced her to leave Montana she left a piece of her heart there and was in hopes of finding it again.  
I enjoyed this story.  It has an interesting plot with unexpected twists and turns that kept me turning the pages.  Just as she is settling into her new life she comes to face secrets her husband had kept from her.  Secrets that must be known if she is to have her heart's desire.  This story has elements of mystery, some suspense, humor and most of all faith.  This is the final installment in the series, but for me it was a stand alone as I have not read the first two books in the series.  I will be picking both of those up to read though. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, clean read.  
**I received this book from the publisher for a honest review without bias or outside influence as stated above.  


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