Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Book Review: "A Beauty Refined," by Tracie Peterson ~ Plus, a Precious Gems Giveaway!

A Beauty Refined
by Tracie Peterson
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House

About the book:
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.

Read the first chapter here.

My thoughts:
If you're a fan of Christian fiction, this book has plenty of theology. Phoebe was raised with no religious foundation by her father, but when she arrives in Montana, she begins to learn about the Christian faith of the people around her. This becomes especially important when Phoebe needs to figure out how to deal with family secrets that arise and her father's unwelcome plans for her life. She turns to Ian for advice, who insists on complete honesty due to his troubled personal history and religious beliefs. However, this creates a moral dilemma because the full truth could place Phoebe in danger (which it does). This is a book about facing tough decisions and discerning God's will. Despite its historic setting, its issues are timeless and will resonate with contemporary readers.

About the author:
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit her on her website and Facebook.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary book from Litfuse to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase through the link.

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