A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson | Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Party

Little does Phoebe know that her father’s plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don’t miss Tracie Peterson’s A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. 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.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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{More about A Beauty Refined}

A Beauty Refined (Bethany House, July 2016)

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.

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Tracie Peterson

{More About Tracie Peterson}

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. 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 Montana.

Find out more about Tracie at http://www.traciepeterson.com.
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“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

Reviews

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON — A REVIEW

    The story was interesting, and held my attention while reading it. The characters were (mostly) realistic. The heroes and heroines were very likeable, the villains completely detestable. Faith featured prominently in the story, and was an important part of the relationships that are built throughout the story.

    Written by Wife, Then Mama on August 10, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ (SAPPHIRE BRIDES) BY TRACIE PETERSON *CHRISTIAN NEW RELEASE* REVIEW!

    Phoebe visits America with her father from Germany. While in Montana, she meets a local merchant named Ian and some of his friends. As Phoebe stays longer in America, she discovers that the people she thought she knew and loved, may not be who they seem. And perfect strangers may be able to fill her with the love and hope that she has been longing for.

    I really enjoyed this book! It had a steady pace with interesting characters with some romance and drama.

    Written by EmpowerMoms on August 10, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R22HAYU14PW9CA/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BOOK REVIEW

    The story was interesting from page one. I have to admit I expected a boy meets girl romance. Followed by events that separate them. And then the two getting together in for a happy ending.

    I was very wrong. And that was refreshing.

    Written by http://www.myjourneyback-thejourneyback.blogspot.com on August 10, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1GSU6KDCK8Z7H/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    Once again, I stayed up much too late reading because I HAD to know what would happen next. How could one man be so selfish, heartless, and downright evil that even his own family were just pawns in his quest for wealth and power? There just didn’t seem to be any way that the innocent could come out on top this time so although I knew they would prevail, the suspense kept me on edge until the final resolution of the situation.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on August 10, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RXIGY9HZE74IB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    I can’t stand the thought of a relative seriously lying to me, much less an elaborate and long-lived lie. Phoebe is in the dark about her dad’s true intentions, but that doesn’t stop her from having fun in America. Phoebe gets the opportunity to meet a new land and Ian. Ian and her strike up a friendship and eventually a relationship. The more Ian gets to know Phoebe the more he realizes that there is more going on than meets the eye.

    Written by Live To Read ~Krystal on August 9, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    The second book in the Sapphire Brides series, A Beauty Refined, takes readers on an adventure to Montana to acquire gemstones, and it’s full of romance, secrets, and danger. Any reader who loves historical romance (particularly the ones by Tracie Peterson) could enjoy it, so be sure to check it out!

    Written by Book by Book on August 9, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2TI31YM1WPN23/

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    A Beauty Refined is the second book in her Sapphire Brides series. I appreciate this series because she takes she shows her readers how different choices can affect a person’s life for an extremely long time. In this case, Phoebe didn’t make these choices herself. She just trusted her dad who had made her think that her life was something that it truly wasn’t. Now Phoebe is left having to try to figure out who is lying, what is the lie, and to top it off, lives are in danger.

    Written by Pursuing Intentional Living on August 9, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Refined-Sapphire-Brides/dp/0764213253/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470797637&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=a+beauty+refiend

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    I enjoyed this latest read by Tracie Peterson more than I have enjoyed a lot of her previous works. This one actually kept my attention and was filled with more interesting characters and an intriguing heroine. This one had an intriguing mystery and a sweet, well developed romance that I really enjoyed this book was a real page turner and had all of the elements that one appreciates in a historical novel. An easy and very enjoyable read this book is a gem.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on August 9, 2016

  • HISTORICAL MYSTERY

    A Beauty Refined is an impressive novel as well as easy to read and easy to follow. This story will surely be devoured by fans of Historical fiction and hints of romance and mystery.

    Written by Woman at the Well on August 9, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    Tracie Peterson always writes Historical Fiction that leaves you turning the pages to see what is happening next, you won’t want to put the book down.

    Written by A Room Without Books Is Empty on August 9, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BOOK REVIEW

    Tracie does a fantastic job of telling this story, and allows the reader to feel like they are really getting to know the characters. There is just enough mystery to keep you turning the pages and enough romance to warm your heart. If you haven’t done so already add this entire series to your must read list.

    Written by Rejoice Evermore on August 9, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R59PYY225S4WN/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764213253

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ (SAPPHIRE BRIDES #2)

    I enjoyed the themes of faith, facing truth about one’s deceptions, romance, and redemption. I also thought the aspect of a mystery made me want to keep reading till the conclusion. I look forward to seeing how future novels from Tracie Peterson continue to share Jesus, redemption, faith and romance!

    Written by Seeking with all yur heart on August 9, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3PRZMQO89OAPA/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • REVIEW: ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    There are several sub-plots that flow smoothly in the novel and do not override the characters. I feel the characters portrayed meshed very realistically.

    Written by New Horizon Reviews on August 9, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2G3ZLCA3K7DN1/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY, AND FACEBOOK PARTY

    The moment I had read the book blurb of A Beauty Refined, I was hooked. A book that promised love, beauty, mystery and intrigue along with a historical romance begged to be read. I was not disappointed; the book is well written, full of surprises and twists that keep me awake. The times, culture, mannerisms, parties and times of an bygone era are depicted so perfectly by the author.

    Written by Eloquent Articulation on August 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R229GEMIU21GST/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764213253

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’—AN EXCELLENT READ

    It has been a while since I’ve read a Tracie Peterson book, and oh what a refreshing read it was! A Beauty Refined has all the qualities of good Christian historical fiction I’ve come to expect from Tracie: good characters, great setting, interesting premise, and good clean romance. Watching Phoebe and Ian’s story unfold in and around the sapphire mines of Montana early in the last century was a joy as I relaxed with A Beauty Refined over the weekend. This is definitely a book worth reading.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on August 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1K2KLHXRAZTTM/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764213253

  • REVIEW: ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    One of the big lessons from this story is when do you tell the truth, sometimes or always? When all is going well and everything lines up or do you always tell the truth no matter how hard, even when you’re very life depends on it? I liked how the story revolved around bringing out the flaws of gems, and showing how life’s circumstances and trials can shape you and make you the beautiful jewel in God’s eyes that you were meant to be.

    Written by Pause for Tales on August 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RAOAEMDYCYDZ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • TRACIE PETERSON GETS BETTER WITH EVERY BOOK!

    This book was so interesting learning about the Sapphire trade back in the early 1900’s. And as always, it was a great love story mixed in with murder, mystery and suspense!

    If you love historical fiction, Tracie Peterson and this book are the one to read this summer!

    Written by The Review Stew on August 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2I7MP14VKDYLF/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BOOK REVIEW

    This story is different from others I’ve read because the main “secret” is revealed to both the reader and main characters fairly early. I like this because it helped me be less frustrated with the characters and their actions, or the lack there of. Now, there are other problems and difficulties that Phoebe is not aware of and the eventual discovery of these helps move the story along very well.

    This is a remarkable book. Check it out and see for yourself.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on August 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Refined-Sapphire-Brides/product-reviews/0764213253/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ {LITFUSE}

    I love Tracie Peterson as an author and greatly loved A Beauty Refined as a book. There was mystery and intrigue, danger and daring. Yet within it as well we see a girl come to know herself and understand her strengths. She learns to stand up for what she wants and what is right. Her past confronts her and she can’t escape it. Can she embrace it?

    When you’ve been raised by a man you thought to be gentle yet firm but who never raised a hand to you, you don’t easily believe him bad. But when evidence supports this and he turns on you when you refuse the marriage he’s arranged, it definitely becomes easier.

    Can Phoebe find true love and acceptance? Will she even survive? And who is this woman claiming to be such a big part of her past?

    Written by For Him and My Family on August 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RQ26601V0GRSG/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • AWESOME BOOK

    I love Tracie Peterson’s writing style, especially her ability to weave faith into the stories and enjoy all of the stories I have read by her. Tracie Peterson is on my top 10 must read author list. A Beauty Refined is the second book in this series but could be read without reading the first book. I suggest starting with the first book and I am glad I read the first book because that book gives the details of mining sapphires and how they were found in the first place in Montana. I highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction with some suspense, action, and romance.

    Written by For The Love of Books on August 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R8J2TOY4U2KCV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    Beloved author, Tracie Peterson, brings her readers the second installment in a new series in this latest novel, A Beauty Refined. Part of the Sapphire Brides trilogy, we get to see America through the eyes of a young German woman who is traveling with her father. But mystery and excitement abound as well so don’t be in a hurry to brush this one aside!

    Peterson fills the pages with lavish details of fashion and scenery, everything from walking dresses to the natatorium, so much so that I felt I could see these things with my own eyes. Pick it up for yourself and enjoy!

    Written by Luxury Reading on August 8, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    The book flowed quickly with a traditional plot albeit with a couple of twists and turns that were unexpected. Phoebe and Ian are likable characters who keep the reader wanting to follow their relationship. The good guys are all good and the bad guys are very bad. What I like about a book like this is that it is easy to read with very little thought required. It provides a great escape for an afternoon. The over-proselytizing I just skim through. For those that are Christian I am sure those passages are comforting.

    Written by Broken Teepee on August 7, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RU2OACGHYRUH5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • INTRIGUING BLEND OF HISTORY, RELATIONAL DRAMA, & SPIRITUAL DEPTH

    A Beauty Refined is an intriguing blend of history, romance, and relational drama, with spiritual depth throughout. Tracie has infused it with a richness of characterization and themes dealing with difficult life issues. The characters & setting captivated me from the first page and I never wanted to put it down…Tracie impresses me with her gift for blending a captivating storyline with not-so-familiar historical detail. But even more impressive is that, in all the years she’s been writing, Tracie never veers from clearly presenting the gospel message of hope and grace. The bottom line is that, along with the characters, you will see Jesus in this book.

    Written by The Power of Words on August 7, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1EUPK3MOHR5C1/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    This Montana story set in 1907 is a success on all counts. Peterson has always excelled in capturing the beauty and the danger of America’s west at the same time she creates characters whose challenges, temptations, and successes are the fabric of life, no matter what time or place. The themes of greed, deceit, and abuse versus love, trust,faith and loyalty which run through this story could find homes just as easily in a story set in Biblical times or even modern day America.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on August 7, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Refined-Sapphire-Brides/product-reviews/0764213253/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_viewopt_srt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=recent&pageNumber=1

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    I really enjoyed the different characters in this book from the good ones to the bad ones. This book will keep you guessing since I had no idea that a certain event near the end of the book would happen. I think it was well done and is a twist that I’m guessing not many would see coming. I will certainly be going back to the first book because once again I ended up reading the second book first. I need to do something about that. You can read this out of order since I wasn’t the least bit lost at all. Some types of genres are more flexible and historical fiction is one of them along with contemporaries.

    Written by Fic Gal on August 6, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R29BPMUQP7CUUW/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BOOK REVIEW

    A Beauty Refined was a true pleasure to read. Tracie not only takes us on an adventure but weaves God’s gift of salvation into the fabric of this lovely story. I also enjoyed learning a little about how beautiful stones are mined and refined.

    Great read! Highly recommend this book!

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on August 6, 2016
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com/review/create-review/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_wr_but_lft?ie=UTF8&channel=reviews-product&asin=0764213253#

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    The hero and heroine are real people from different cultures and experiences, and the attraction between them is real and strong. Ian is a renowned lapidary who finds himself caught with a secret and asked to do things he’s uncomfortable with. He knows there’s more to Phoebe from the moment he meets her, but he doesn’t expect the layers of complication. Phoebe comes to Montana thinking it will be a safe foray into the American West, but is not expecting the utter chaos that comes to her personal life when she arrives.

    I love that the backdrop of the story is the sapphire mines of Montana. I didn’t realize that these jewels were mined in that state at the turn of the century. One of my favorite parts of historicals is learning something new, and this novel definitely delivered.

    Written by Cara Putman on August 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0764213253?tag=carput-20

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    Tracie Peterson has long been one of my favorite authors, so it was a pleasure to read A Beauty Refined. And since I lived in Montana for a couple decades, it was easy for me to picture Helena in my mind. I enjoy historical fiction. If you do, too, you will enjoy this early-1900’s era story.

    This story deals with some tough topics, such as deceitfulness, domestic abuse, a dysfunctional family, and some violence, so be aware in case these might be emotional triggers.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on August 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1KMU86QIKUGXP/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

    Even though the ending leaves you begging for more, Peterson does an excellent job cleaning up all the loose ends. I did get somewhat frustrated with Ian Harper’s character, but in the end, he ultimately takes on his heroic mission with grace.

    Written by I am believing God on August 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R9TSW5UV4MNJO/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    Tracie Peterson has penned another winner, although, really; does she write any other kind? What stands out about A Beauty Refined is the setting. The idea of German royalty visiting a resort in the Wild West is unlike any other book that I’ve read, and the mystery and intrigue definitely added another layer of suspense to the story. I read the entire book in one sitting – I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to Phoebe and if she would find the happy ending she desired.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on August 5, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON: BOOK REVIEW

    Hum… This book. It had so much promise. And then it fell rather flat for me. It still (barely) squeaked 3 out of 5 stars for me though (4 out of 10), and so I figured the best thing I could do was write a pros and cons list for you.

    Reasons I liked the book:

    * The plot was intriguing
    * I liked the main character (at least to begin with)
    * The writing style felt

    Written by Noveltea on August 4, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/RZ7Z4KGM6ALRI?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

  • LOVED IT!

    Tracie Peterson’s books are the perfect blend of interesting characters, detailed story lines, and a hint of mystery and romance. In A Beauty Refined, I love that Phoebe has a clear and defining moment where she realizes she needs to follow Jesus. I also really loved that Ian encourages other characters (I don’t want to give away anything!) to seek pastoral counsel before they make a rash decision. The redemption at the end of this book is just beautiful. I also enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the beautiful clothes Phoebe wore as well as the scenes in town – you can just picture her walking down the sidewalk of this little town, sticking out in her formal attire.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this book!

    Written by One Redeemed Mom on August 4, 2016

  • ENJOYABLE STORY

    A Beauty Refined was a very interesting, enjoyable, and easy to read novel. I thought the author did a great job at creating a very complex backstory to weave these characters together. And my, oh my! What a cast of characters they were!

    Written by Britt Reads Fiction on August 3, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3QSZHWPLXE3M/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    Phoebe is an intriguing character that comes across as a materialistic daughter who dotes on her father, but as the story progresses and her true nature comes out she truly develops into a lovable character. Ian is humble from the start and while his back story doesn’t really seem to fit with the man he is, it does help move the story along. With great detail to scenes and a well developed plot A Beauty Refined is sure to be a best seller.

    Written by Books,Dreams,Life on August 3, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ REVIEW

    I love Tracie Peterson and this book did not disappoint me. I enjoyed the characters and the writing style of the story itself.

    Written by The Talbert Report on August 2, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R24VR0HRLD1THA/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    Phoebe is a beautiful young lady who doesn’t have a clue that her life has been filled with secrets. Those start to unravel when she accompanies her father on a sapphire buying trip.

    While in Helena, Montana her life will be forever changed. Probably for the better, but you’ll never know if you don’t read this compelling book.

    Thank you, Ms Peterson, for this book. I hate to leave Phoebe and the gang behind, but am definitely looking forward to your next book in the Sapphire Brides series.

    Written by sunny island breezes on August 2, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3TQ0QR5UETNXX/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764213253

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    A Beauty Refined is an intriguing tale of danger, deception, and romance! I was quickly captivated by Phoebe’s story, not putting the book down until the last page had been turned. Tracie Peterson transports readers to the past with her beautiful storytelling, and I can’t wait to read more of her stories!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on August 2, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3OKH3PDBLK26E

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    While I didn’t read the first book in the Sapphire Brides series, I feel like it didn’t hinder me from enjoying this story. Tracie does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and drawing readers into the story. I like that she tackles hard issues with her stories, such as domestic abuse in this one. While it isn’t an easy topic to read about, she does a wonderful job of weaving a sensitive subject into her story and creating awareness.

    I also like that her stories have a strong Christian message.

    I look forward to reading the other books in this series!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on August 2, 2016

  • SUMMER READS: ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    In the end, I’m left with mixed feelings about A Beauty Refined. A part of me liked the setting, the descriptions, and the main character, Phoebe, but the overall plot left a bad aftertaste. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad read; however, I was disappointed with it. I’m crossing my fingers that the next book in the series will be better.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on August 1, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R226ZUXKSV7BAX/

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    Tracie Peterson once again delivers an enchanting tale, steeped in historical accuracy. The reader will continue to turn pages until the very end and wish for more. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 for happily-ever-afters.

    Written by Jodie Wolfe – History, Hope, Laughter & Happily-ever-after on August 1, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R8JL1VZTLC94A/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    The author did a nice job of developing the landscape for the story, including the hotel that once was and was once again. I enjoyed reading about Phoebe’s clothes, many of which were the latest fashion. Despite the fact that the thought of wearing the accoutrements associated with the fashion of that day do not appeal to me, there is something so fun about the thought that there were clothes for each type of day and even for the different ‘occasions’ of the day.

    Written by A Busy Mom of Two on July 31, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ (SAPPHIRE BRIDES) BY TRACIE PETERSON [REVIEW & GIVEAWAY]

    An interesting story set in Montana at a resort in an area known for mining precious gem stones – specifically sapphires. The characters are well developed and present a variety of personalities that the reader will either like or immensely dislike. The character I most disliked was Phoebe’s father, the German count. He was arrogant, pompous, mean, and absent of any virtues. I believe my most favorite was Phoebe’s younger brother. He was absolutely charming, sweet, and filled with boyish appeal.

    Written by Chat With Vera on July 30, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R33IOV0DRFXSBR/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • SUPER INTERESTING

    With just the first page, I was swept into the story. I really liked Phoebe-her attitude, her demeanor, her awe of new places. Each of the characters’ past lives had stories- and they were all very interesting and connected. They all had a purpose in the story.

    Written by With a Joyful Noise on July 30, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R33OL3OGS3CU9U/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ENGAGING READ!

    I’ve been reading Tracie Peterson’s books for years. She is a consistently good author, producing God-honoring, clean reads, with unique storylines and solid theology. A Beauty Refined is an enjoyable book, somewhat predictable (as much historical fiction/clean romance is), but still with plenty of twists and turns. Having visited Germany a couple of years ago, I particularly enjoyed seeing some familiar place names! I also geeked out a little when I saw Tsar Nicholas and Tsaritsa Alexandra referenced in passing. (Mention Russian history for an automatic win with me. :))

    Written by Meagan Davenport on July 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3T2OEAM7DMPOM/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO REVEAL THE TRUE BEAUTY OF A HIDDEN GEM?

    I love it when the plans of evil are foiled by God as only light can truly uncover darkness. Darkness always exists, it just takes light to cause it to pull back and withdraw. Readers of historical romance and fans of Tracie Peterson’s novel will love this recent addition to their own personal library much like I have.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on July 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1T0EZ6C996IHT/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    I just adore stories of identity and secrets and mystery and this one definitely brings these themes into play. From page one I was sucked into the story and time period, getting to know the characters one by one and loving every minute of it.

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on July 29, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY, AND FACEBOOK PARTY

    Tracie Peterson has written a compelling story that will hold your interest and have you racing to the end to find out what happens to the Bergen family. I enjoyed reading this story and loved the fact that she includes a little mysterious surprise in the story line.

    Written by Amanda’s Pile of Books on July 29, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1EPN57KM5WEKE/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • LITFUSE PRESENTS ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON PLUS PRECIOUS GEMS GIVEAWAY

    This is a story full of emotions and tension. Add to that the lies and secrets, deception and suspense and you have a wonderful and intriguing story written by author Tracie Peterson. The characters were believable and realistic and full of life. As the story develops the more intense it gets, and the more I couldn’t put it down.

    Written by Splashes of Joy on July 28, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AGIUR77JJD6KX/ref=cm_cr_pr_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON #BOOKREVIEW

    Once I started reading I couldn’t put the book down. Again I have found myself completely enthralled in a thought provoking historical fiction by Tracie. Bring on the next book of the series!

    Written by Frugal Shopping and More on July 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2OMHZER2FT0DC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764213253

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    A Beauty Refined is a wonderful romance and the history of Helena is explored with some depth in this one. Ms. Peterson is an amazing writer and she has given us a great story with believable characters in Phoebe and Ian as well as the supporting players that we just fall in love with.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on July 28, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2DUBOEPJB8KGA/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY, AND FACEBOOK PARTY

    A Beauty Refined is the second Sapphire Brides novel from Tracie Peterson and it is an intriguing novel with a beautiful cover. Tracie does an incredible job with bringing the setting and time period to life with the historical details and vivid descriptions. It makes me want to go back in time and take a trip out west. Phoebe is a great main character as she is one whom I immediately could empathize with and I loved the strength she possesses and her interactions with the other characters.

    Written by Moments on July 26, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R33GMLHZC6P8GT/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764213253

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    Phoebe is the adult daughter of Count Von Bergen. The two of them are on a buying trip to the United States, Montana, in particular. The sleepy little town they visit for the purpose of purchasing sapphires and having them faceted holds an explosive secret for Phoebe. The discovery of this secret changes Phoebe’s entire world.

    Of course there’s a love interest. And the interactions between Phoebe and Ian are fun to read. But really, this is a coming of age, finding out what you’re made of sort of story. Will Phoebe capitulate to her father’s wishes? Or is she strong enough to say no to an arranged marriage she does not want? Little does she imagine the chain of events that unfolds in this riveting, action packed story.

    Written by Greatly Blessed on July 26, 2016

  • ENJOYABLE COMPLEX ROMANCE

    This story brings out so much emotion because of the different intensities of the characters. The story moves quickly and is satisfying in it’s complexity. While it doesn’t end as you would imagine, it’s a story full of intrigue and faith. I loved how Phoebe grows in her maturity and faith and I really loved her the most. I really enjoyed this story and I think you will, too! I am giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Julie – More Of Him on July 26, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2DSROXGTTBQG7/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • MY BOOKSHELF: ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    All in all however, I did like the ending, although some aspects were extremely unexpected. I suppose that’s a good thing though, since that means Tracie handled the element of surprise really well in that case. When it all boils down, I enjoyed the plotline, but I just wasn’t exactly fond of the way the story was told. Because of that, and the fact that I really skimmed my way through most of this novel, I unfortunately cannot give A Beauty Refined any more than three out of five bookshelves. But, I have read many other reviews of this novel, and not everyone is of the same opinion as me, so don’t let me keep you from giving this novel a try if you really want to.

    Written by Spreading His Grace on July 26, 2016

  • LOVED THIS PAGE-TURNER!

    I enjoyed this historical fiction so much! From the very beginning, it was a page turner that I just could not put down. The characters are well developed and the story didn’t seem to lack anything!

    Written by Loving Mommahood on July 25, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3N0EFQXUYUW75/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764213253

  • CHRISTIAN CHAPTERS – ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’: REVIEW, BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY, AND FACEBOOK PARTY

    Quickly paced, the novel is an easy read that can become a page-turner. Peterson’s fast-moving plot gives her reader a desire to find out what happens next. Whether readers will be emotionally invested in those outcomes, however, is less certain.

    Written by ReadLove on July 25, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    A BEAUTY REFINED was a story about a woman who finds her past isn’t at all what she thought it was and the danger, love, and spiritual trial she faces as the truth comes to light. The characters were lovely, the setting well-done, but the story a little slow. Those who enjoy books by this author or Judith McCoy Miller may enjoy this one.

    Written by Wishful Endings on July 25, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1UO46LWTGPPZY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764213253

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    Tracie Peterson has created a fascinating story that captured my attention from the opening scenes and made it difficult to put down. As always, her compelling characters and authentic setting make me feel as if I have been transported into the story and am right there with Phoebe as she begins to discover that all is not what she has been told. Heartrending twists and escalating danger made my heart pound as I essentially devoured this novel, loath to set it aside for even a short while.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on July 25, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2T4THYF3WH4CX/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0764213253

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    A Beauty Refined is fast-paced, filled with multiple dynamics that will have you turning the page. We walk away gaining a little more knowledge, while being entertained and enlightened. Plus, who can turn away a book with that cover?

    Written by Just Commonly on July 23, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON

    A Beauty Refined is book two in the Sapphire Brides. I loved reading this book and found it to be an amazing read. I love this author’s work and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on July 23, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2VJB98C85B3AN/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • GOOD SETTING

    Tracie Peterson knows how to create a unique story line. Pheobe Von Bergen is a good character and I liked how I felt like I got to know all of the characters pretty well. Things moved fairly fast but there was a lot that went on! Past hidden dangers collide with their present day which makes for a tad bit of suspense. The romance is predictable and not my favorite part of this particular story.

    Written by I Hope You Dance on July 22, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’

    A beautiful, well written story of heartbreak, promises, hope and faith. I loved watching Phoebe grow and although the ending has some sadness it is also full of hope for a special future. While this is book two, you will have no problem picking up the story and characters. A great read!

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on July 22, 2016

  • BOOK TOUR: ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON PLUS GIVEAWAY AND FACEBOOK PARTY

    While the characters were a little “eh” the story line was great, and it made for a quick, fast, and enjoyable read.

    Written by Literary Time Out on July 21, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RGCIFUI9MIN61/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BY TRACIE PETERSON BOOK TOUR, BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEWAY

    I absolutely love all of the books that I have read by Tracie Peterson. A Beauty Refined is no exception. Phoebe Von Bergen is in America for the first time. She has no idea that her father is hiding his real motives for being there from her.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on July 19, 2016

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BLOG TOUR, GIVEAWAY, AND FACEBOOK PARTY

    A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson is absolutely amazing. A Beauty Refined is book two in the Sapphire Brides series. This book is full of surprises and unexpected happenings. Tracie does such a wonderful job

    Written by cherylbbookblog on July 19, 2016

  • CAPTIVATING STORY WITH SOME TWISTS

    What if everything you grew up “knowing” was a lie?

    Once again, author Tracie Peterson gives us an a captivating character to follow. A Beauty Refined features a lovely heroine, Phoebe, with an unlikely Montana jeweler named Ian. The characters are as different as night and day — German aristocracy meet Western tradesmen. Those who like the contrast of social classes in Downton Abbey would enjoy this twist of culture. A Beauty Refined contained some troubling scenes in terms of domestic abuse, violence, and a fairly dysfunctional family, in case those might be emotional triggers for you.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on July 19, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RMD48T8T71TVP/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • TIMELESS ISSUES IN A HISTORIC SETTING

    If you’re a fan of Christian fiction, this book has plenty of theology. Phoebe was raised with no religious foundation by her father, but when she arrives in Montana, she begins to learn about the Christian faith of the people around her. This becomes especially important when Phoebe needs to figure out how to deal with family secrets that arise and her father’s unwelcome plans for her life. She turns to Ian for advice, who insists on complete honesty due to his troubled personal history and religious beliefs. However, this creates a moral dilemma because the full truth could place Phoebe in danger (which it does). This is a book about facing tough decisions and discerning God’s will. Despite its historic setting, its issues are timeless and will resonate with contemporary readers.

    Written by Susan Heim on Writing on July 19, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RRWL5VTWXS5KY/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘A BEAUTY REFINED’ BLOG POST, REVIEW, GIVEAWAY, AND FACEBOOK PARTY

    I’m rating A Beauty Refined a 4 out of 5 stars. This is a very touching story that will open your eyes to see that not everything is as it appears. Sometimes it takes a different perspective from someone else to see the truth. I liked how I was able to connect with Phoebe.

    Written by Reviews by a Thrifty Mom on July 19, 2016

  • THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN

    A Beauty Refined is a gem of a novel from Tracie Peterson. See how God, the master craftsman refines us. As we are polished, so we will reflect God to a hurting world.

    God hears our prayers and sees our hearts.

    Tracie Peterson presents some hard hitting subjects but with great sensitivity.
    A great plotline. Wonderful characters. Highly recommended.

    Written by Christian Bookaholic on July 19, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2IZIML4CR79UF/ref=pe_1572281_66412651_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • Lori Parrish says:

    I so enjoy your novels! Especially your new one A Treasure Concealed

  • Mandy Brown says:

    This sounds like an awesome story! Best of luck with everything! 😀

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    Can’t wait read this gem!!!! Sounds like you hit the jackpot again, Tracie!!!!!

  • This book looks so good. Stuck behind an accident on the interstate. Need a good book.

  • Sonnetta Jones says:

    I just borrowed this book from the library. I would so like to win this jewelry set since it is my birthstone.

  • Lillian Crouse says:

    I love your books. I wish I had them all

  • Pamela Mako says:

    I love your books, Tracie. I don’t even need to read what they’re about because I know they were excellent. I have been reading a lot by new authors and jumped back into one of your books and what a difference in the writing. Thanks for what you do and what you teach.