A Love Transformed

A Love Transformed

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by Tracie Peterson
     
 

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The Riveting Final Story in the Sapphire Brides Series

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

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The Riveting Final Story in the Sapphire Brides Series

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764213267
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2016
Series:
Sapphire Brides Series , #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
62,950
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. 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. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

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A Love Transformed 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Kaits_Bookshelf 1 days ago
First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a free copy of A Love Transformed in exchange for an honest review. This is a novel about relying on your faith during times that are dark and desperate, sometimes so dark and desperate that they seem hopeless. The main character is Clara, a widow in New York whose heart belongs in Montana, on her Aunt and Uncle’s ranch with Curtis, the boy she left behind years ago. Clara was forced by her mother into a marriage of financial convenience at a young age, and once she becomes a widow, she packs up her children and heads back to Montana to claim the life she loved and lost. But Clara’s journey is not without its hardships. This story was filled with a surprising villain and plot twists that I did not see coming. Overall, I found the characters to be beautifully flawed and human, especially Curtis. I found him very relatable because, even though he knows God has forgiven his sins of the past, he struggles to forgive himself. That is a very human struggle which many can relate to. This story is book 3 in the Sapphire Brides series, but it can be read as a stand-alone book. I enjoyed it, and I recommend it! Read full review at: KaitsBookshelf.com
HelenM0 10 days ago
A Love Transformed is book 3 in the Sapphire Brides series written by Tracie Peterson. Even though it is part of a series, this is also a stand alone story. The characters and location of the story are different than in the last story. The story stars with Clara Vesper finding out her husband, Adolph, was murder. Clara's mother forced her to marry Adolph and Clara has not love for him. At the funeral, instead of feeling grief, she feels relief. Adolph and his brother Otto owned a company that made sapphire jewelry. Clara was the secret designer and had lived a lavish lifestyle. She had anything she wanted, but love. Her brother in law, Otto, informs her that Adolph was not good with his money and that everything Clara thought they owned was actually Otto's. With little money, she decides to go to live with her aunt and uncle in Montana. When she goes to the bank to clear out her account, she finds out Adolph had a deposit box, which held money and journals. After arriving in Montana, Clara finds out the only man she ever loved, Curtis, is staying with her aunt and uncle while he recovers from a mine accident. And her children love living in Montana, where people are happy and they can be normal children. After losing Clara years earlier, Curtis's life went into a downward spiral and he did many things he wishes he can undo. He struggles with accepting that God has forgiven him for what he has done and that he can now start anew. I really liked this story. It is based in the early 1900's at the beginning of the war. Clara is a very strong person and the staff at her and Adolph's home support and respect her. The story contains suspense and romance and moves rather quickly. With the help of her aunt and the local pastor, Clara realizes the key was in four simple things. Seeking God, knowing God, obeying God and trusting God. With all the unexpected things that happen in the story it is easy to see God's hand in everything. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
THouchin1 15 days ago
This last book in the Sapphire Brides series is fantastic. I know you hear all the time, "I couldn't put it down" but, I really couldn't. I stopped to fix my husband lunch and supper and that was about it. Praise the Lord he had football and NASCAR to watch all day. These characters are so believable! I love the name Clara. It was my sweet mother's name. I felt so bad for Clara. Here she was in a loveless marriage (as if that isn't bad enough) then her husband is murdered, and she is left penniless and indebted to her husband's twin brother. I can understand her wanting to get out of New York and away from her mother and her brother in law. Pretty brave of her to have the servants help her and her twin four year olds escape to Montana undetected by her mother. The way the setting is described in Montana makes me feel like I am really there, seeing all of this through Clara's eyes. The flashbacks to when she used to spend summers on the Montana ranch with her aunt and uncle are beautifully done. This is a book you need to read. I don't want to tell too much of the plot and spoil it for you. This story is one of two people learning to turn everything over to God and wait on Him and not take everything into their own hands. It is a beautiful story of redemption. Give this book a try and let me know how you like it. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy to review.
lsnlj 17 days ago
This is book three in Sapphire Brides series, however I feel it is a stand alone novel. I have not read the first two and had no trouble understanding what was going on. I truly enjoyed this book. Tracie Peterson always does a good job at developing her characters, their personalities and their dialogue. This one does not disappoint. It is full of surprise, mystery, heartache, family, romance and overcoming your past. There are times when you will laugh, times you want to slap some of the characters yourself and times you may want to just hug them. Clara Vesper has to make some difficult decisions for herself and her two children. When her overbearing, determined mother tries to interfere with her life, again, will she be able to stand up to her regardless of the consequences. Clara must learn to trust God even when it feels like your life is falling apart. Curtis Billingham never expected to see Clara again, so he is thrown off guard when she walks into his room. Will he be able to fully recover, inside and out or is he to stubborn to understand true forgiveness. I was given an ARC copy of this novel from net galley for my honest opinion.
NanaNor 20 days ago
I have loved Tracie Peterson's books and writing for years. This book met all my expectations and more! It was intriguing, suspenseful and the characters deep. I loved each twist and turn and couldn't wait to get to the end to see what would happen. I found it delightful that it not only took in Montana, but also the treachery of some during World War I. I was provided this book by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing, for my honest review. I received no compensation. Thank you to Bethany House for such a great blogger program. If this books sounds intriguing, you won't be disappointed.
birdladyvm 29 days ago
Author Tracie Peterson has crafted another excellent story in A Love Transformed. First I need to state, this is the first of the sapphire series I have read, however I found I did not need to the read the previous books as this is a standalone. Furthermore, I found the character development up to Ms. Peterson's usual standards. Each character grew throughout the story-line. It is worthy to note, Ms. Peterson smoothly and gracefully threads the love of God and Christian values throughout the story without pushing or preaching. Therefore, this story will appeal to non-Christians as well as Christians. Also, the plot was intriguing as Ms. Peterson included mystery into the story-line. As a result, I found myself hooked from the first page and rapidly read to find all the answers to the mystery and secrets. Ms. Peterson did not immediately allow Clara and Curtis to find happiness, rather, she realistically allowed them to live life at a normal pace and normal revelations. Sometimes, as humans, we find it harder to forgive ourselves than we do others. Ms. Peterson has applied this concept to this story-line. The pace of A Love Transformed was steady and Ms. Peterson's writing style was clear, clean, and refreshing. I found the length of the book and the pace were correct for the story-line without fluff to increase the page count. Furthermore, a good book does not have to contain sex to intrigue and capture the reader's imagination. In concluding the review of A Love Transformed, I found this an enjoyable book with a well-developed story-line and characters. Also, the pace was correct for the length of the book. This is a clean romance high-lighting Christians values, forgiveness, and the love of God for each of us. A LOVE TRANSFORMED, RECOMMENDATION: 5 STARS In conclusion, I loved this book and do not hesitate to give it 5 well deserved stars. I found the story-line intriguing and the writing style was clear and the romance clean. I look forward to the next book in the series. Final Note: I received this book from the author and Netgalley in return for an honest book review. Book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; consequently, all book reviews on line under my name and on my blog are my opinion.