Author: Tracie Peterson
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
Provided by: Publisher
Setting: New York, 1917
Series: Sapphire Brides #3
Subjects: Single Parenthood and Remarriage, jewelry, history.
When Clara Vesper's husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned--but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara decides to return to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy.
Curtis Billingham, injured in a sapphire mine collapse, is recuperating at the ranch of his friends, Paul and Madeline Sersland. But when the Serslands' niece returns from New York City, Curtis curses both his broken body and his broken past. Clara, the love of his life, has come back to him, but he is no longer worthy of her love.
Clara's brother-in-law Otto Vesper, Adolph's business partner, fears that the loss of Clara's design skills will doom the company's prospects. Following her to Montana, Otto is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Clara to return with him to New York.
As Clara fights for love and freedom, a dangerous secret in her late husband's life comes to light, threatening everyone she loves.
The book opens with the death of the main character's husband and it feels almost contemporary. Instead of a hint of charm to romanticize the historical setting, its all harsh and practical.
Sometimes we see the main character sighing over handmade curtains or laughing at the house cat, but the first thing this book discusses is the eternal destination of her husband. Its an interesting way to open and I think that it would deter many less-religious readers.
I am happy to say that I was also able to review the first two books in this series (which you can read here and here) and they had a different feel to them. The first was mostly romantic and the second was mostly business.
The book really does serve as a stand alone. Although I did read the other two books in the series, you really wouldnt have to to enjoy this one. For example, this book takes place 20 years after the last and with a completely new cast of characters.
You learn about many characters and it is well written :)
In the end, I think the author does a good job of connecting with the audience through the book.
To me, the target audience seems to be widows and readers of the previous two books. I think the book would be more enjoyable to Christians, but of course, anyone could read it.
You can order a copy from Amazon here.
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.
Visit Tracie's web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com.