Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Book Review-A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson


A Beauty Refined
Sapphire 2 Brides
By:  Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House

Finding herself pregnant, Elizabeth Von Bergen realizes after losing three previous babies due to her abusive husband, she would have to leave him in order to save her unborn child’s life.  Leaving her other children, Phoebe and Dieter to go stay with a relative in England was the hardest thing she had ever done, but her plan was to have her daughter Phoebe join her. She doubted her son, Dieter would since her husband had poisoned him against her and he would soon be leaving for school. However, Count Von Bergen told his children their mother had died in a shipwreck while traveling to America and he forbade Elizabeth to ever contact them, for if she did, he would have her killed. 

Count Von Bergen was going to Helena, Montana to buy Sapphires and had agreed to have Phoebe accompany him.  Phoebe is excited at the prospect of visiting America but little does she realize the plans her father had for her.

Ian Harper works as a lapidary in Helena. The first time he sees Phoebe at the Broadwater Hotel, where his mother works, he finds her beauty breath-taking.  As their friendship grows he realizes her family’s story is a lie but she doesn’t know it.  Phoebe is smitten by Ian and begins to think about staying in America, even though her father has betrothed her to Duke older than himself …Will Phoebe defy her father for the first time in her life?

“A Beauty Refined” is a fast-paced Christian-based, Historical romance filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one to the finish.  As Phoebe sees her mother for the first time in ten years and learns she has another brother, Kenny…she has much difficulty accepting her father was abusive to her mother.  Her mother gives her all the returned letters proving her mother is telling the truth, but her heart is having a hard time accepting it.  As her father’s deception unravels Phoebe, her mother, and little brother find themselves in grave danger.  Their faith in God is put to the test as they try to find a godly solution to their situation. Phoebe’s struggle in learning that God is real, and accepting Him as her personal Savior will bring tears to your eyes.  This book is a must-read if you enjoy Historical Christian Romance mixed with intrigue and inspiration.   

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-One Thursday Morning by T.K. Chapin


One Thursday Morning
Diamond Lake Series (book 1)
By: T.K. Chapin


How could Serenah tell her abusive husband, John, she was pregnant?  Would John accept that it is his or in his drunken stupor will he accuse Serenah of infidelity and will she be beaten once again?  Will she lose this wonderful life growing inside her?  These are some of the situations that Serenah faces as she struggles to deal with her husband’s abuse. 

Even though she loves John, she realizes not only her life, but the life of her unborn child is in danger. Serenah packs her belongings and moves cross country to Newport, Washington.  It’s a little town outside of Spokane that is just the right place to start over where no one can find her, especially John, even with all his money and contacts.  Dixie’s Diner and her friendship with Emma Montgomery (co-owner of Dixie’s Diner) was her saving grace.  Meeting Charlie certainly helped to spice things up a bit too!

I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t put the book down until I finished it.  I found myself holding my breath as I felt the fear Serenah felt.  I found myself crying for her and wanting to comfort her.  This book involves the reader on so many emotional levels.  Mr. Chapin in my opinion is on the best Christian romance writers.  I have read most, if not all, of his books and this book by far is the best ever.  He takes a real-life situation and shows how faith, love and God’s unfailing grace can change your life. 

This is book number one in the Diamond Lake Series.  This is definitely a must-read!...and I can’t wait for the next one! 

Although this book is Christian-based it will appeal to the Christian as well as the secular population. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the author, T.K. Chapin, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.