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A Beauty Refined (Sapphire Brides) Paperback – July 5, 2016
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"Graf Von Bergen, I would like to introduce you to that most talented lapidary I told you about. This is Mr. Ian Harper."
Phoebe's eyes widened as she recognized the man from the natatorium. He had traded his swimming costume for black tails and white bow tie. He smiled at her, then clasped her father's hand. "It is an honor to meet you, sir."
"The honor is mine. I have heard about your skills in faceting jewels. I think we might have cause to work together."
"So your associate mentioned. I should be happy to know more."
"This is my daughter, Fräulein Von Bergen." Her father looked to her. "This is Mr. Harper, whom we heard so much about."
"Miss Von Bergen." He bowed slightly.
"I am glad you could attend our party, Mr. Harper." She felt her heart skip a beat when he glanced up and gave her a wink. How bold that he should act in such a way! Phoebe turned to her father, hoping she wouldn't have to explain. Thankfully he was already speaking to someone else. She looked back to Ian, who had straightened and watched her with a somewhat amused expression. Phoebe reined in her nervous reaction.
"The pleasure is all mine." His smile broadened. "I had rather hoped we'd see each other again." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
What Does It Take to Reveal the True Beauty of a Hidden Gem?
Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father's intentions--both for her and the gemstones--are not what she thinks.
Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.
Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family's deception begins to unravel.
"The second book in Peterson's Sapphire Brides series is a compelling page-turner. . . . With an intriguing plot juxtaposed against sapphire development and gem cutting in the American West, Peterson's latest sets the bar high when it comes to all the small yet vivid details that contribute to the richness of the story. . . . An uplifting read with a sweet romance demonstrates why Peterson is such a remarkable storyteller."--RT Book Reviews Top Pick
"This sweet story based in the wilds of Montana offers fascinating insights into the sapphire industry in the early 1900s."--CBA Retailers+Resources
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Enter the h, Pheobe Von Bergen, who is in Helena, Montana on a sapphire buying trip with her father, Graf Frederick Von Bergen. Little does she know her Vater (father) has been buying sapphires for the Sapphire Duchess for years and cheating her out of money by buying cheaper sapphires and selling them to the Duchess for a higher price. Von Bergen has also "sold" Pheobe to an old Duke back home in Germany to be his young bride. The lies abound between Pheobe and her father until she finds out about everything.
The biggest lie is that her mother is dead, when she is not. Pheobe and her father are staying at the Broadwater Hotel just outside Helena, when she literally runs into her mother who is working at the hotel. The reunion of mother and daughter is bittersweet, and all heck breaks out when her father finds out Elizabeth is in the hotel and that Pheobe knew and did not tell him.
This story has a beauty, a dragon, and a knight in shinning armor. Who will win out in the end? Just pick up your copy and find out. You will not be disappointed. This is a clean, historical romance and appropriate for all. Enjoy!
This story is very enthralling as it sets the scenes and characters. The book comes alive in our imaginations as the story unfolds of Ian, Phoebe, Kenny, and Elizabeth and the affects of Fredrick and his warped thinking on their lives. There is much crime, mystery, love, heart ache, and faith as the story unfolds. This is a great book and I highly recommend it.