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A Love Transformed (Sapphire Brides) (utgåvan 2016)

av Tracie Peterson (Författare)

Serier: Sapphire Brides (3)

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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. When secrets from Adolph's past threaten everyone she loves, Clara must fight to remain where she can fulfill her dream.… (mer)
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“A Love Transformed” is the third and final book in author Tracie Peterson’s “Sapphire Brides Series”. Clara Vesper is a talented jewelry designer, making the stunning sapphire creations sold by her husband Adolph’s company. Their arranged marriage was a business relationship which had appeared profitable, but upon Adolph’s sudden death, Clara learns that she is a widow without means. She and her two small children must leave New York and return to the home of her relatives in Montana. She had once known happiness at the ranch of her aunt and uncle, and there she had also met the love of her life, Curtis Billingham. Much has changed since she left so long ago. Curtis is recovering from serious injuries he received in a mining accident. His spirit seems as broken as his body. Clara is followed to Montana by her late husband’s brother, Otto, and he intends to force Clara to bring her design skills back to the company in New York. Otto is not the only threat to Clara and her children—secrets from her husband’s hidden life are a looming danger. Clara must reconcile the disappointments of her past with new hope for the future—abiding faith must fill her heart and give her the strength she needs to keep her family safe. Will there be a new and happy life for them all, one filled with love and promise? Author Tracie Peterson’s love of history and in-depth research once again blend with her personal faith and admirable storytelling skills as she brings this series to a close.

Review Copy Gratis Bethany House Books ( )
  gincam | Mar 30, 2019 |
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. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Sep 30, 2016 |
To some it appears Clara Vesper leads a charmed life. She lives in a New York City mansion and lacks for nothing. She has two beautiful children that she adores. The truth is that she has endured a loveless marriage arranged by her domineering mother who had torn her away from Curtis, the only man she ever truly loved. When Clara's husband is murdered she is forced to make decisions for herself. She decides to make a major life change for herself and her children. Quietly and secretly, she takes her family to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana. This is the only place she had ever known happiness. What ensues after their arrival is not what she expected or hoped for. Curtis has changed and initially rejects her. While her children thrive in their new surroundings, Clara does not know how she can live so close to the man she still loves when he tells her he does not share her feelings. As if this isn't enough, she and her children face grave danger at the hands of her mother and her former brother-in-law. Does she have the strength and courage to fight for the safety of her family? Can she convince Curtis that the love they once shared is still very much alive?

This is a well told story that deals with serious issues which includes murder, treason and treachery. The well drawn characters are compelling. Clara, Curtis and her family take great emotional risks, all the while drawing upon their faith. Even the villains in this story are realistic.

I found this to be an exciting and engrossing story. I highly recommend reading it.

I received this book for free from Bethany House and the opinions expressed in this review are my own. ( )
  SAMANTHA100 | Sep 19, 2016 |
Third in the Sapphire Brides Series, A LOVE TRANSFORMED, reads well as a stand-alone. I had no problems following the historical fiction storyline at any time. Clara is a woman to love. She was raised by a disgusting aristocratic mother who sent her away to Montana for summers with her aunt and uncle. The background is that when Clara and a lowly Montana man fall in love and plan to marry, mother swept in to force a marriage with a man of higher standing from back home. The book opens with this husband and father of her two children announced dead from an alley shooting. Before Clara’s mother can arrange for a new man for her and her twin children, she flees back to Montana after first going to her husband’s bank box to discover a great deal of money and his diary - or is it? Much later it is discovered that is a journal which reveals some unknown illegal activities of her husband and his brother. Certain aspects of the storyline just did not ring true to me. If she took the diary so her children could have it, how could she not be curious to at least scan it to read a page? She still did not read any of it after arriving at her aunt and uncle’s home in Montana. Even though the story was rather good, pieces of the story had me thinking, “Now that is unlikely to happen.” Would a fiance allow his wife-to-be meet with a dangerous man who is a kidnapper, probably murderer, and definitely a spy without accompanying her? Tracie Peterson readers will like this book, because it is good and captures the interest. I started and finished it in one day. There were just a few parts that did not ring realistic to me.
I received this book from the publisher and this is my honest review. ( )
  annvaldez | Sep 11, 2016 |
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A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson is a fast paced Christian romance you will not want to miss. The 3rd in the series, it is a standalone book with a story-line of self-forgiveness and God's love.

A LOVE TRANSFORMED, STORY LINE:

Clara Vesper's life has never been what she wished. Her mother, domineering, demanding, and controlling forced her to marry for wealth and position. Forced into a loveless marriage, Clara finds solace by designing jewelry for her husband's business and raising her twins. She and her husband never had a loving relationship and now, he has been murdered. Surprised to find he has left her without any means of support, Clara, with her two children, decides to return to the only place she ever felt loved; Montana and the loving arms of her Aunt and Uncle.

Meanwhile, Curtis Billingham, the love of Clara's life, is recovering from a sapphire mining accident at Clara's Aunt and Uncle's sheep ranch. Curtis has led a shameful life before turning to God and Clara has made mistakes of her own.

Can these two find common ground again, forgiveness, and with the love of God move forward? Will outside forces in the form of her husband's brother and her mother pull them apart?

Come on a journey of discovery and enlightenment as Curtis and Clara journey with God to find the many answers they seek.

A LOVE TRANSFORMED, CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

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. Futhermore, 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, RECOMMENDATON: 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.


A LOVE TRANSFORMED, ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

ABOUT AUTHOR TRACIE PETERSON: PHOTO & BIO PROVIDED BY AUTHOR

Tracie Peterson is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 100 books. Her work in historical romance garnered her the Best Western Romance Author of 2013 by True West Magazine. Also she was given the Life Time Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers in 2011 and the Career Achievement Award in 2007 from Romantic Times, as well as multiple best book awards.
Also, Tracie has been married to Jim for over 35 years and enjoys working with him on historical research for each of her books. They make their home in the mountains of Montana and have three grown children and three grandchildren. They also have an adopted family in Africa that has given them another seven grandchildren – two of whom were named for Tracie and Jim.
The most important thing about writing for Tracie is - this is her ministry. It is her deepest desire is to share the Gospel with a dying world and to bring glory to God in her work. She works with each storyline to include the message of salvation and Biblical application for daily obstacles. Throughout her career she has been blessed to see how God has used the books for His glory to change lives. Tracie works to make each book meet her required 3 E’s. The books need to Entertain, Educate and Encourage – all to the glory of God.
Summing up what she does, Tracie said, “I get to do something I dearly love – tell stories, travel to meet wonderful and interesting people and see new places, work with my husband and serve God. Who could ask for anything more?”

LINK TO TRACIE PETERSON'S WEBSITE ( )
  vera_mallard | Aug 30, 2016 |
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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. When secrets from Adolph's past threaten everyone she loves, Clara must fight to remain where she can fulfill her dream.

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