A Treasure Concealed (Sapphire Brides Series #1)

A Treasure Concealed (Sapphire Brides Series #1)

by Tracie Peterson


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Bestselling Author Tracie Peterson Launches Exciting New Series Set in 1890s Montana

Emily Carver wants a home where she can put down roots instead of following her gold-hungry father from one mining camp to another. She also longs for tenderness and love, both of which are missing in her life. Yet when she realizes she's losing her heart to the intriguing new man in camp, she fiercely fights her feelings, afraid that love will only result in disappointment and heartache.

Caeden Thibault, a young geologist, comes to Montana to catalog minerals indigenous to the state. He's a serious and guarded young man trying to escape the pain of his past. He has avoided all romantic entanglements, fearing he might become like his abusive father. But something about Emily Carver has caught his attention, something he never expected. . . .

Will these two broken souls allow God to bring healing and hope to their hurting hearts?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764213243
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Series: Sapphire Brides Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 386,282
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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 Belgrade, Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

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A Treasure Concealed 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and cast of characters, Emily and Caedan's love was so sweet. Emily's Dad, Jake, Molly and the other miners. There is one scene in which I found myself encouraging Emily when she was down by the river with her Dad. Great storyline and HEA ending. *****vrnb****
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a well done historical western romance. I really liked Emily and Caeden. They seemed to get along really well. I enjoyed the storyline and that Emily wasn't looking to get rich but only to be able to have a real home someday. I look forward to book 2 in this series.
rkokes More than 1 year ago
Summary: A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson is the first book in the Sapphire Brides series. The story takes place in Montana during the late 1800s. Emily Carver and her family have been moving from gold mining camp to gold mining camp as Emily’s father searches for the treasure he just knows is waiting for him. While he searches, his family is barely able to make ends meet. Emily’s mother is desperately sick, and Emily is left to provide for the family as best she can-taking care of her mother, raising livestock for food, cooking, and doing the myriads of other chores required on their latest claim. She tries not to think about all she doesn’t have, but with the mounting problems they face each day, it’s hard not to feel resentful of her lot in life. She just wants to stay in one place-with a home and family of her very own. It doesn’t seem like too much to ask, but her dreams seem to get further and further away as time passes. Cade Thibault is a man on a mission for the government, and at the same time a man hiding from his own past. He loves his geological survey job as it takes him far and wide across the west-far from the expectations placed on him by his family and associates back home. Burdened by his past with an alcoholic and abusive patriarch, he resigns himself never to marry-not wanting to turn into a man anything like his own father. The Wild West is not a kind place though, and soon both Emily and Cade find themselves in battles for not only their own property, but for their souls. Will they each be able to protect the ones they love? Will they be able to get past their own bitter life disappointments and trust in God? Will Emily’s father ever find the treasure he so desperately seeks or will a case of revenge from the past destroy everything he has worked so hard to find? And will Emily ever see her dreams realized? My Thoughts: This was a very good book. I liked the interesting story premise, the characters were interesting, and there were plenty of twists and turns. There was also a great Biblical message about trusting God even through difficult circumstances. The book was well-written, and I enjoyed reading it. If you like stories about the Wild West, gold mining, adventure and intrigue with a bit of romance thrown in, then you are going to like this book. I know I will be keeping this book, and am looking forward to the next book in the series! A big thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book for my unbiased review.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
A Treasure Concealed is a heartwarming rendered story about loss, expectation, steadfastness and impenetrable love that simultaneously gives a vivid glimpse into the living conditions and drudgery of life on the frontier. I truly enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting the second installment. I really liked it! ___________________________________ WHAT I LIKED + A Treasure Concealed takes a very pragmatic stance towards life on the frontier; more particularly, towards women and how they played a very limited role in society. I admit, I was slightly irate with some of the plotting choices and I often caught myself complaining about the drudgery of daily life for women, but then I realized that I was approaching the setting with a contemporary view on history ― not to mention, a clouded knowledge of modern-day beliefs to boot ― which only goes to show how this factor helped to build the mood and tone of the story. In any case, the plot was surprisingly well-executed; I particularly enjoyed the spin on the sapphire element, but what made the book, even more, engaging for me was its ability to bring the story to a suspenseful climax and resolution. + There’s a lot to be said about the world building in A Treasure Concealed, but first a brief disclosure: For reasons unbeknownst to me, I am radically infatuated with the state of Montana. It could be the romantic picturesque landscapes or the hope of living in a log house on the plains somewhere ―Texas, I’m looking at you― but in any case, I wholeheartedly loved every bit of detail that was given to portray an 1800’s Montana. We were given meticulous everyday countryside sceneries (swoon), a vivid glimpse into a life without access to running water, electricity, vehicles, and common amenities of life. Most affecting for me, though, was the way folks in this era pursued community and how they graciously gave without having anything to begin with; it was simply beautiful and convicting. + One of my absolute favorite qualities about Tracie Peterson is her extraordinary ability to fashion these fictional characters that are distinct in their own right and remarkably witty all the same; it’s truly the one aspect that keeps me coming back for more! That said, the overall development of the characters and their integration into the story arc was skillfully carried out. However, it was namely the mystery surrounding the ominous antagonist and the legitimate plights our characters faced on the frontier that exuded a genuine connection and palpable concern that helped keep me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. + Timeless too is the story’s romantic take ― another endearing quality I love about Tracie Peterson’s books. It’s the sort of romance that does not build upon silly clichés but saturates the air with an overwhelming expectancy that keeps the reader engaged and fully immersed. I truly enjoyed seeing how all the obstacles set before both Emily and Caeden served as a testing of their mettle and love for one another. THINGS THAT MADE GO HMMM. . . - Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Montana, it behooves me to say that our protagonist, Emily Carver was not necessarily a memorable character; however, there were redeeming qualities to her character arc that did pepper the story with an endearing appeal. Full review @ http://www.mysoulcalledlife.com/2016/04/15/book-review-a-treasure-concealed-by-tracie-peterson/
NDowning More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: Strike it rich! That’s obviously what Tracie Peterson did when it comes to writing talent. This book is no exception. A Treasure Concealed is book one in the new series entitled Sapphire Brides. It is well-written, attention-keeping, and all round enjoyable. I would give it a five out of five stars. Bethany House Publishers provided me a copy of the book for my honest review.
Jenpcv More than 1 year ago
I recently finished A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson, which is the first book in a series set in the 1890s in the Montana Territory. I have always been a fan of Peterson, who is a fantastic author, and this book is no exception. Not only was the plotline compelling and the characters well-developed, but it sets the stage for what is likely to be a great series. Typical of a historic romance, this novel centers around a young woman named Emily, who lives in the Montana Territory and has always grown up in the undesirable reality of mining areas. And as is common in historic romances, a young man, Caeden, enters the scene. However, as the novel plays out, there are surprising twists and unexpected events sprinkled throughout. Just enough to leave the reader guessing. I found this book to be a delightful read, though once I started, I wanted to read it all in one setting. Such is the mark of a great book! Peterson worked hard to develop strong, complex characters, which made the novel rich and engaging. Furthermore, her love of research and creating a detailed setting made me feel as if I was in the Montana Territory at the turn of the 20th century. I would recommend this book to any lover of historical romances. In fact, I would even risk encouraging them to read future installments of this novel, as I'm sure they will all be as fantastic as A Treasure Concealed. If you're looking for a book with a strong, independent female lead that will keep you wondering what happens next, check out A Treasure Concealed and be prepared for a delightful read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This full length historical gentle romance novel was set amidst a Montana gold rush in the 1890s and I enjoyed the Christian overtones. Emily was such a hard worker and the supplies meager. Her mother ill and her father obsessed with striking it rich made it hard but they had each other and their faith.. While Caeden had hard feelings for his father, a troubled upbringing and he absolutely had no plans of romance or marriage... He was finding that Emily's family was teaching him what a loving family should be. Hardships, family, faith and the troubles just seemed to keep coming! Was I ever glad when the bad guy was finally revealed. I enjoyed this book and I'd certainly recommend it. I was gifted a copy from Bethany House publishers to review.
NatashaMarieL More than 1 year ago
The brief summary I read before requesting this book to review sounded like a lot of other Christian romance books out there - pretty much just fluffy and sappy. But the setting - gold mining in Montana in the Old West - intrigued me, so I went for it. So I was surprised when I really, really liked this book! I enjoyed the character development immensely. Emily is a likable young lady, selfless in caring for her invalid mother, and searching for gold with her father. She longs for a home of her own, one that she won't have to pack up and leave in search of gold. Although her parent's are both strong Christians, she struggles with her own faith, wondering if God really does care about her. Caeden, thought quite well off financially, comes from a broken family. His father was never there for him, and he hates the fact that his mother died unloved. Meeting Emily's family starts him down a path of discovery and faith. I thought the Christian message was quite good throughout the story. The turning point for Emily was when she realized she was hanging onto her parent's faith, and hadn't accepted Christ for herself. I think a lot of us who where raised in a Christian home have a moment like that. Our salvation story isn't spectacular, but is simply the realization that we need Christ for ourselves. Caeden's turning point was when he realized he was not like his dad (abusive, greedy, and scheming), that he could use his wealth for good, and most importantly that he needed Christ. There was still the oftentimes sappy romance...but that's not always a bad thing. :smile: Plus, it wasn't a "love at first sight" scenario. The characters grew to love each other, which is much more enjoyable for me. On the whole I found this to be a well written, charming, and encouraging read which I enjoyed for much. I look forward to reading the next book in this series! - I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. -
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
What an enjoyable introduction to a new series! A Treasure Concealed was a book that kept me interested in turning pages to see how everything would work out. I loved the wide variety of characters that made up the small mining town in Montana Territory where Emily Carver and her parents called home. I couldn’t help but become attached to Emily and felt sorry for the hardships she had gone through growing up. Yet, I admired the way she put her all into anything she did and the attitude that she had about things. Caeden Thibault was also a deep character. I enjoyed watching him open up to the Carvers. Where Emily had lived with much poverty, Caeden was raised in wealth, however, the emotional trauma of his upbringing made for a complicated character that I found very interesting to read about. I am looking forward to future books in the Sapphire Brides series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I always revel in the history and romance of Tracie Peterson’s stories and A Treasure Concealed was no exception! This heartwarming tale transported me to Montana’s mining country and the rugged wilderness found there in the 1890s. Emily Carver is a young woman who longs for a different life, but love and dedication keep her close to her family. Caeden Thibault is a geologist who comes to work in Montana and discovers something far greater than he ever expected. I really enjoyed getting to know these two wounded characters; theirs is an inspiring story of love and loss, hope and healing. I enjoyed this first book in the Sapphire Brides series and look forward to reading the stories that follow! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson is the first in her Sapphire Brides Series. This series is set in the late 1800's and this particular one focuses on a small mining town in Montana. If you're a fan of historical fiction, or even if you've never read this genre, I hope you give it a try. Emily Carver has known her share of struggles. Being a girl growing up in mining camps isn't easy but now that she is grown she finds it even more difficult. Choosing to hide her feminine form rather than fend off would be suitors makes a trip to town more cumbersome by the extra layers of clothing she puts on. She still lives with her parents, but what Emily truly longs for is a life of her own. She wants a house with a picket fence and rosebushes. A husband and kids to call her own. She fears because she is tied to the mining camp tending to her ailing mother, this is all her life will be. She's not bitter, she loves her mother with all her heart, she is her best friend and confident. That's not to say she doesn't love her father too. She does but she doesn't share his need to strike it rich. They barely make enough money to scrape by, as do most miners, and they move often. She's actually amazed that they managed to stay in Montana for as long as they have. Her dad, Henry, isn't a bad guy. He fully believes the Lord has led him here and has unimagined riches in store. He hates to see his wife suffering. No doctor can tell him what's wrong, all they can agree on is it's bad. He ekes out enough gold on his claim for them to get by and he's content with what God has given him. He's beyond blessed to have a wife and daughter whom he loves and who love him back. Caeden Thibault isn't as lucky. He had a drunk for a father and he watched his mother suffer under his father's abuse. He couldn't wait to turn 18 and get as far away from Albany and his father as he could. He now works as a geologist for the government. Traveling from town to town inspecting mining claims. He's not close to God and isn't sure how if God can be so wonderful, why he allowed his mother to suffer so. I thoroughly enjoyed A treasure Concealed. It reminded me of watching old westerns with my mom when I was little. I was sucked in from the moment I started this book and wasn't able to put it down until I was finished. I felt like I was a part of Yogo City. I sympathized with Emily and her need for independence. She's fiercely loyal to her parents but she wants a life of her own. She often questioned God and why he allowed certain things or didn't allow certain things? She couldn't see what she had right in front of her. Extended family who looked out for each other when the going got rough. They showed God's love to each other everyday. Whether it was Jake bringing meat from a kill he made or Millie slipping an extra can of peaches in with her purchases when Emily came in the store. The people of Yogo city looked out for each other and took care of their own. I hope if you're in the mood to read something new you will give A Treasure Concealed a try. It's a great book full of awesome characters who make their way into your heart and feel like family. I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Yogo Sapphire An old west, gold mining story, "A Treassure Concealed," by Tracie Peterson, tells of Emily Carver and her father living in Yogo, Montana. Emily dreams of escaping the harsh lifestyle of moving from mining camp to mining camp as her father mines for gold. Her father gets an offer to sell his claim but he refuses. Mr. Carver believes his treasure is just around the corner. While on a visit to Utica, Mr Carver meets a young geologist working for the government, Caeden, who is headed to Yogo, Montana. He invites Caeden to stay with him and his family. Although Caeden is intrigued by Emily, his painful past won't let him dream of marrying. But through hardships, poverty, and danger, God is with the Carvers and Caeden-changing their lives in the process. Intrigued by this story, I looked up sapphires as this gemstone plays a pivotal role in the story only to learn that Yogo, Montana in 1894 is actually where they were found. This gemstone was even found by a man named Jake Hoover who in this story is a friend of the Carvers. The blue pepples were later called Yogo sapphires. I found this bit of history to be interesting. So if you enjoy historical romance then this is a great novel to read. I received this book free to give an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson is a historical, Christian romance novel and the first book in the Sapphire Brides series. It is 1895 in Yogo City, Montana. Emily Carver’s mother, Nyola is ill. Emily is doing her best to take care of her, her father (Henry), and their home. Emily just wants a permanent home. She wants to be settled in one place. Her father has kept their family moving her whole life (gold fever and wanderlust) and Emily has no desire to move again. Emily hides her figure under bulky, manly clothes (it would not due to look to feminine in this area). So far Henry has not uncovered any gold on his claim (the area has been played out, but he does not believe it). They only thing he keeps bringing up are pretty blue pebbles. One day Caeden Thibault comes to town. Caeden is a geologist with the government (and running away from his own past and pain). Henry meets Caeden in town and invites him to camp out on their property (Henry is very friendly and generous). Emily is shocked when Caeden comes into their home while she is getting out of the bath. This is the beginning of a tumultuous romance. Can these make it work? What happens when Emily shows Caeden the blue pebbles? You will need to read A Treasure Concealed to find out. A Treasure Concealed is an entertaining Christian, romance novel. A Treasure Concealed is well-written. Tracie Peterson did a wonderful job in describing gold mining life in Montana. I could picture the town, the people, the Carver’s home, and the difficulties these people faced. It has the normal romance elements, but it had something special. The novel focuses on people regaining their faith, that we have a loving God, and leaving a problem in God’s hands (instead of worrying and fretting over an issue). A Treasure Concealed has a lovely ending. I give A Treasure Concealed 4 out of 5 stars (which means I liked it). I will definitely be reading the next book in the Sapphire Brides series. I received a complimentary copy of A Treasure Concealed from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.
amvkv More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson does it again. She writes a book that is uplifting and insnpiring with a great storyline. Escape to the Montana Territory where people have gone for the dream of wealth through gold mining. Emily Carver's dad thought that and even though his family has had nothing but poverty and continual moving, they have had the greatest treasure of familly love. But now, Emily is older, her mother is dying, and she has a dream of marriage, children, and a home. How can that happen, though, when sdhe disguises herself in baggy men's clothing and a hat to ward off women hungry men from the mining camps? Enter Caeden Thibaultl, a geologist studying the area who was raised with the material wealth in a family of poverty of love. His dad was an alcohol, abusing, financially successful pain and his mother was a loving god-fearing woman. Caeden feels his prayers were unanswered with his mother dying in the midst of this, and has left home and God. Now he meets this simple, beautiful woman who has so little in material goods, but who has everything in spirit of appreciation and goodness. Can they work through all of this especially since Caeden's dad arranged for him to mrry a rich girl from back home? It is a pleasure to read a book with goodness and pureness. Bethany House continues to publish top notch books, and this one ranks right up there with their others. They are one of my favorite publishers. I received this book from Baker Publishing and this is my honest review.