A Beauty Refined is the second book in the Sapphire
Brides series by Tracie Peterson, and it followed Phoebe Von Bergen as she
travels to Montana with her father, County Von Bergen, so he can purchase
Sapphires from America. Little does Phoebe know, she is about to learn some things
about her father’s past that will forever change her life. In addition to the
family aspect of the book, there is romance as Phoebe meets Ian Harper, a lapidary
in Helena, whose mother works at the Broadwater Hotel where Phoebe and her
father are staying while in Montana.
This book really focuses on the theme of honesty,
and how your life can be altered forever if you keep secrets from one another.
Phoebe and Ian both faced lies in their pasts that are affecting them into
their adulthood. Also, forgiveness is a theme, as they both must forgive those
who wronged them in the past to move on to a future together.
While this is the 2nd book in the series,
you do not need to read the first book in order to follow the story of Phoebe
and Ian. I enjoyed this and look forward to reading the 3rd book in
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In Elizabeth Camden's new book, From This Moment, Stella West is convinced her sister’s suspicious
death was not an accidental drowning as reported, and she has moved from her
home in London to Boston to prove there was foul play involved in the tragic
death of her sister. Romulus White is excited to learn Stella, the artist he
had been attempting to hire at his magazine for the past few years, has moved
to Boston. He soon makes it his mission to entice her to work for him, and that
includes him helping with her investigation. Little do they both know the personal
and professional problems they will face because of their looking into the
corruption throughout the city.
Elizabeth Camden kept my interest completely
throughout the entire book! From This Moment was not only great for the romance
and mystery, but it had a lot of history in the book as it looked at Boston
during the time of the construction of the first subway system in the United
States. I really enjoyed the relationship that grew between Romulus and Stella,
and they were both great characters that made me really root for them.
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received this book free from the publisher, Bethany House. I was not required
to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am
disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part
255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in