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.
- Historical Fiction novel that's good, not great.
This book was a bit difficult to get into, though overall somewhat enjoyable. The story was a bit predictable and lacking in depth. There was however, great focus on grace given by God and others and forgiveness by God and also by oneself. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book and could imagine a bustling city as well as a beautiful Montana countryside.
Overall, the book was easy enough to listen to, but not a favorite.
- Enjoyable book!
I am a big fan of Tracie Peterson and have read many of her books through the years. I'd borrowed the first book in the Sapphire Brides series (A Treasure Concealed) from my local library and was happy to receive the audio version of book #3 for my review.
This book is called A Love Transformed. In the beginning of this book the main character Clara is widowed. She is not grief stricken by this though because she did not have a marriage of love to her husband. She says she has only ever loved one man and her mother took her away from him. She has two young children and decides to take them to Montana to her aunt and uncle's home where she spent time as a young girl. She discovers her first love there at the ranch recovering from an injury. Her children fall in love with the ranch life and Clara has to decide whether to stay or return to her home and another loveless marriage with her late husband's brother. Then she finds out a secret about her husband and his brother.
I enjoyed this book and the characters. The children were delightful and I like how they were portrayed throughout the book. I did not like Clara's mother and got annoyed with how she treated Clara and her children.
I did not see any connection with these characters and the first book of the series so it was fine to read on its own. I recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction.
This book was read by Melissa Hurst. I enjoyed her voice and felt she had the right voice for this historical book. She did a good job and made it enjoyable for me.
I received an audio version of this book from the christianaudio Reviewers Program. Thank you.
- Mixed feelings.
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.
Series: Sapphire Brides (3)
Narrator: Melissa Hurst
Audio Length: 9.9 hours
Pages (printed length): 448
I received a complimentary copy from christianaudio.
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