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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:
89,989
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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Nicnac63 18 days ago
A Love Transformed, by Tracie Peterson, has an interesting premise. I looked forward to reading this due to the early 1900s time period and the Christian theme, but it fell a bit short for me. I had a difficult time relating to the main character, Clara, and scenes that should’ve pulled at my emotions didn’t. They barely pulled at Clara’s emotions. When she hears of her husband’s death her reaction is as blasé as if she were told the car had a flat tire. I realize her arranged marriage wasn’t a great love affair, but the reaction didn’t feel authentic. The effect on the children was a bit strange too. Audio Narration: Melissa Hurst does a decent job. She narrates the story, told in third person, and has a pleasant inflection to her voice. I wasn’t wowed by the narration, but I wasn’t put out by it either. Audio Production Quality: The production quality of this audio book is clear, with no distracting noises. Overall Opinion: I’ve got mixed feelings. The story is interesting enough, but I wasn’t captured. No matter the genre, or the format, I want a story to hold my attention and surprise me. This one didn’t. It was too long, felt inauthentic, and didn’t inspire me. Publisher: christianaudio Series: Sapphire Brides (3) Narrator: Melissa Hurst Audio Length: 9.9 hours Pages (printed length): 448 I received a complimentary copy from christianaudio.
sh2rose 8 months ago
Suspense, intrigue, romance, and faith run throughout A Love Transformed. Clara Vesper's life dramatically changes as her husband's sudden death leaves her in dire circumstances. She longs to find her own way for once. Her mother and brother-in-law have their own ideas about her future. How will happen to Clara and her children as she learns to trust in God? I underlined many powerful messages for my own life. The author adds discussion questions at the conclusion of the book. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley, the publisher, and author for my honest review which I have given.
Digging4Pearls 11 months ago
Clara Vesper finds herself penniless after her husband is murdered. Intrigue surrounds his sudden death. She is concerned about how she'll take care of herself and her two children. She flees to the only place she has ever experienced love, her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana. Curtis Billingham has never gotten over the loss of his childhood sweetheart. Her mother snatched her away from him before he was able to propose. He's been whirling from disappointment since then. Not sure what to do with his life, he's considering enlisting to fight in the Great War. When tragedy strikes, will he be able to let go of the past and embrace something new? This book is a page turner full of excitement, intrigue and romance. Tracie Peterson has such an incredible grasp of the time period. This is a book and series I highly recommend. I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Heart2Heart 11 months ago
"Sometimes the most valuable things are hidden away like that. I think sometimes God just wants us to have to work for them because then we'll really know just how valuable they are." In the latest of the Sapphire Brides Series from best-selling author Tracie Peterson, A Love Transformed is the third and final novel to make its debut.Set in New York City in 1917, Clara Vesper wasn't anticipating the news that came to her that her husband Adolf had been shot and is dead. Not only that, she learns from his twin brother Otto, that he has mismanaged his financial affairs and has left her penniless despite the lucrative jewelry business the three of them have partnered in. Even the very home and furnishings now belong to Otto and he has agreed to let her live there as a ways of helping her deal with this shocking blow. It should come as no surprise that Clara feels very little about Adolf since their marriage was more of a business arrangement and not one of love even though it lasted over 14 years and produced two wonderful children, twins themselves Maddy and Hunter. What does surprise her is the freedom she now feels that she is no longer bound by marriage and can make amends for what happened 14 years ago to the only man she loved, Curtis Billingham. They parted ways in Montana after her mother forcefully removed her and ended their love affair before it could go any further. Now she has a chance to make it right and since she has no claims over anything in New York any longer, she is free to journey back to the only place she has known as home and love in Montana. Now if she can manage to pack a few things before her mother arrives to upset her plans and find other suitable arrangements for Clara to find a wealthy and prosperous husband after a suitable mourning period. Clara knows if she is to find love and freedom again, she must leave while no one suspects where she might go and take the children with her. She only hopes that when she arrives at the bank later there will be enough money in her account to buy them train tickets to Montana. She'll have to figure out the rest when she gets there. She doesn't expect to find quite a bit of money and her husband's journals tucked away in a safe deposit box but she will deal with those later. After a mine cave in, Curtis is lucky to be alive. But now he is under the care of Madeline and Paul Sersland, Clara's aunt and uncle, he has no choice but to spend his countless hours praying for the strength not only to get better physically, but spiritually with God as well. His past is something he can't quite come to terms with, even though Paul has reminded him that when you confess your sins to God, and trust in Him, you are a new creation and all that has happened in the past in God's eyes is wiped clean. If only he could believe it in his heart, and the last thing he expects is Clara to walk into his life again. If only God could transform his life and make it new again. I received A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley. I have had the wonderful pleasure of following this series all the way through and while it does make the entire novel better by understanding the back story of the sapphire mine's success, you can read this one and enjoy it as a stand alone as well. For me, it was such a wonderful conclusion and to see the outcome of Clara's future truly was worth waiting for. Even though I could sense where this story was going, I
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson is the third book in the Sapphire Brides series. Clara Vesper lives with her husband, Adolph is New York City in April of 1917. Clara’s was an arranged marriage by her mother. Adolph and Clara have been married twelve years when she receives word that he was murdered in an alley. She is told very dispassionately by her husband’s secretary, Jack Brindleson. Otto Vesper, Adolph’s twin brother, comes around and tells Clara that Adolph was in serious debt. That the home and its furnishing are all owned by Otto. He assures her that he will continue to take care of her (I’m sure he has a plan). Otto and Adolph owned a jewelry company. Adolph was known as the person who designed their beautiful jewelry that utilizes Yogo sapphires from Montana. Clara is the actual designer. Clara is worried that once her mother finds out she is a widow, she will swoop in and arrange another loveless marriage (she’s right). Clara begins making plans for herself and her children (twins: Hunter and Maddy). Clara wishes to return to Montana to her Aunt Madeline and Uncle Paul. She is also hoping to reconnect with Curtis Billingham, her one true love. But will Otto and her mother let her get away that easily. Otto needs Clara for her design talent and he may not have been completely truthful with her about a few matters. Clara’s mother has her own motives. Will Clara be able to find happiness in Montana? A Love Transformed is an easy novel to read, but it is extremely predictable. It is easy to predict how the story will play out once we are introduced to the characters. The book contains good writing, but I just wanted more. This novel can be read without having enjoyed the previous books in the series. I found Clara to be extremely naïve. She took what she was told at face value. Considering her age and position in society, she should have been a little savvier (at least double check what she was told by Otto). I also thought that since fourteen years have passed since she last saw Curtis, her love would not be as deep or emotional. First love is sweet, but usually not lasting. Overall, A Love Transformed is a sweet book, but not my favorite in the series. I give A Love Transformed 3.5 out of 5 stars (it was okay). This will not stop me from enjoying books by Tracie Peterson in the future. I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Kaits_Bookshelf More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.