Book Review

A Love Transformed

28561657The Riveting Final Story in the Sapphire Brides Series

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.

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

 

4 Stars

 

Once in awhile, it’s nice to just have a straightforward read. Something that moves quick, and you don’t have to take a lot of time to sort out who to trust and who not to. A Love Transformed fit this book. Right away, it becomes clear that this novel has a sinister character who is anything but trustworthy. But the question the pushes the book forward is if Clara can grab the life she dreams of in spite of what other might have to say about it.

I loved these characters. They were quite well developed and all had such strong personalities. Clara’s twins, though, were by far my favorite. Little Maddy is so mature for her young age (adorably so) and Hunter a bit too rambunctious for his own good. The frequently brought a smile to my face whenever that happened across the page.

But, this book did have a couple of moments that left me wanting a bit more. A few spots in the book just felt rushed. Or things just happened a bit too easily–unnaturally so. They were those types of spots that shove you out of the dream that books are so good at entrancing us into. But beyond those few moments, this book did have a good storyline.

This is the third book of the series, but it is not necessary to have read the first two prior to this one. There is no overlap of characters. The connection that exists in this series is simply sapphires. The first book deals with mining them, the second has a lapidary as the character, and in this one, Clara designs jewely.

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