"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."
From the last page: "Only a few short months ago, she'd lived with servants and all that money could buy, yet a cloud of gloom had hovered perpetually over her. She'd hoped that the love of her youth would save her, but it too had become tarnished and disappointing. Finally, through patient endurance, she and Curtis had found a love transformed into something deeper, a love centered on foregiveness. An eternal love that Clara intended to cling to forever".
I have loved Tracie Peterson's books and writing for years. This book met all my expectations and more! It was intriguing, suspenseful and the characters deep. I loved each twist and turn and couldn't wait to get to the end to see what would happen. I found it delightful that it not only took in Montana, but also the treachery of some during World War I.
I was provided this book by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing, for my honest review. I received no compensation. Thank you to Bethany House for such a great blogger program. If this books sounds intriguing, you won't be disappointed.
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