Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem. Read more...
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Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem.
Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the 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. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Peterson continues her faith-based historical journey with this feel-good second Sapphire Brides romance (after A Treasure Concealed). The year is 1907 and German-born Phoebe Von Bergen has come to Helena, Mont., with her father, Count Von Bergen. They’re on a grand tour of the world for the count’s business interests—specifically the acquisition of sapphires. The journey brings Phoebe more than she was prepared for as unexpected dark secrets await in the American West. Ian, who lives in Helena, is a man of strong faith who abhors a lie. He finds himself wrapped up in the beautiful young Phoebe’s life after he discovers that the woman living in his home is Phoebe’s long-lost mother—a convenient coincidence. In a situation fraught with betrayal and facades, Ian is the only person Phoebe can turn to. Peterson employs a boilerplate plot and unimaginative characterization, concentrating most of her attention on the flowing descriptions of the pre-WWI American West. Despite the story being light on substance, the underlying message of the triumph of faith and honesty makes for a satisfying if saccharine read. (July)