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A Treasure Concealed

25821990Bestselling Author Tracie Peterson Launches Exciting New Series Set in 1890s Montana

Emily Carver wants a home where she can put down roots instead of following her gold-hungry father from one mining camp to another. She also longs for tenderness and love, both of which are missing in her life. Yet when she realizes she’s losing her heart to the intriguing new man in camp, she fiercely fights her feelings, afraid that love will only result in disappointment and heartache.

Caeden Thibault, a young geologist, comes to Montana to catalog minerals indigenous to the state. He’s a serious and guarded young man trying to escape the pain of his past. He has avoided all romantic entanglements, fearing he might become like his abusive father. But something about Emily Carver has caught his attention, something he never expected. . . .

Will these two broken souls allow God to bring healing and hope to their hurting hearts?

**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

 

4 Stars

A bit of honesty first: I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pick this book up. The last couple of times I’ve picked up new novels by Tracie Peterson, I found myself disappointed. The story just didn’t sing or come alive. And I ended up putting the novel down around the halfway point. But this one? Well, I enjoyed it so much.

A Treasure Concealed takes readers to a rough country of gold mining camps in Montana. There are some rough characters and then there are the type of neighbors that really do look out for one another. The characters in this book are wonderful. The main characters have shining personalities, side characters are distinctive in their own rights, and the bad guys are turly slimey. The setting is picturesque and easy to imagine and the plot is intriguing.

But, I’m only giving it four stars. I did have a couple of issues with the story. First of all, as for the romance storyline, I wish there was just a bit more. We know the characters are spending time together, but we don’t see it. So when love starts to show up, it’s believable, but I felt like I missed out on some of those sweet moments.

The second issue was the big finale of the book. Everything was in place. The tension was high and I knew something was going to happen… and it did, and then it was over–quickly. The final moments of the book just came and went to quickly. Things were resolved much too easily. I didn’t even have time to fear for the characters before it seemed like things were done.

But despite those two problems, they felt minor in the overall scope of the book. I still enjoyed it immensely, and I’m planning to pick up the next book of this series.

“A house and a little fence will not be what make you happy. Don’t be deceived and throw away the good things you have in search for something that doesn’t exist.”

-Caedon Thibault, A Treasure Concealed

About the Author:

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.

Tracie received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings’ Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership’s vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.

In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell, Kimberley Woodhouse and her daughter Jennifer.

Throughout her writing career Tracie has found time to speak at writer’s conferences where she has a special heart for new authors. She is often joined by her husband Jim, whose background in history offers new authors insight into research. Besides teaching at conferences, Tracie also at one time managed Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book line – overseeing the production of 52 books a year. Tracie teaches at women’s conferences around the country and shares her testimony and insight for Christian living through the eyes of an author passionately in love with her Heavenly Father.

Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests, including USA “Best Books 2011” Awards, best Religious Fiction forEmbers of Love!

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family–especially her three grandchildren–Rainy, Fox and Max..

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