"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

-C.S. Lewis

What we read has such an impact on us, and I am always on the lookout for something that will inspire me to be a better person. Here is a sampling of books that have been in the teetering stack sitting on top of what is rumored to be my bedside table.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Beauty Refined, by Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson's latest work, A Beauty Refined, is the second in the Sapphire Brides series.  I haven't read the first book, but that didn't cause any confusion for me.

This installment is the story of Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count.  She and her father are in Montana to purchase sapphires for a client of her father's.  While there, Phoebe uncovers the truth of her mother's supposed death.  In the process, she learns more about her family's secrets than she dreamed existed.  Aided by new friends, including a lapidary named Ian Harper, Phoebe struggles to make sense of her new world.

This was an enjoyable read.  It's well researched.  Peterson does an excellent job of describing her setting so that the reader feels at home there.  The story was fairly typical of historical Christian romance.  It makes a great relaxing read.

Three out of Five Stars.

Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.