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.
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.
Visit Tracie’s web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com
If you love romance and suspense, this is the book for you! Stop what you are doing and read this amazing book!!! It was so great, I couldn’t put it down. It had lots of twists and a die-hard love story!
We start out the love story in New York in the early 1900’s. Clara is left widowed by her husband Adolph, whom she doesn’t truly know and never loved. It was set up as an arranged marriage by her over bearing, unruly mother. She had once been in love with a man named Curtis, in the far off state of Montana when she was younger. But her mother put a stop to it and landed her in a loveless marriage with two children and utterly no happily ever after. So she bided her time with her twins and the art of desining jewelry in a loveless relationship. Now that Adolph was gone and she was left with no money, she did what any mother would do. She provided for her children. She left with them in tow and ventured back home to Montana where her loving Aunt and Uncle awaited her return. Little did she know the man that her heart still belonged to was there, at her family’s ranch, nusing an injury. He still loves her but has a past that he can’t contend with so he thinks he is undeserving of her love and adoration.
So after a short time back in Montana with her family and Curtis, she finally sees happiness and a future she desires. Curtis comes to love her kids just as his own and finally a happily ever after seems to be on the horizon…. Unfortunately, Otto, Adolph’s brother thought that Clara should be married to him and her mother agreed. Shortly after coming to Montana, her mother and Otto show up to take her and the kids away! She has always had issues with her mother trying to control her life, but ever since her husband’s death, Ottothinks he is entitled to tell her what to do! The amount of evil that comes from him was ridiculous, he was definitely a great villian. He was someone you loved to hate! He is a traitor to the country, conniving, tries to take her money, tries to get her to marry him and then finally stupes to the level of kidnapping her children. He was a vile man that got what was coming to him in the end.
It was hard not to love the characters in this book, except for Otto and Harriet (Clara’s Mother) of course! My heart just broke for her and the kids. They went from having a semi-ok life to one that was filled with happiness and true love. You could really see the kids open up once they were on the ranch. They were surrounded by people who genuinely cared and they were able to be kids! The author was able to intertwine a great love story between not only Clara and Curtis but also a love between Clara and God, and the kids and God. Clara always relied on her faith and it helped her through so many obstacles of her life. She sticks with her faith in God and believes that everything will work out for the best, and in the end it truly does! It is also was so neat to see how it affected the kids too, in a short period of time in a good way. They learned about prayer and it was overall a great affect, them naming their puppy Blessing was so precious!
Such a great book! Loved it so much! In the end she was able to finally stand up for herself and the children, she was finally with the man she loved and was truly happy! It was a great ending to a great story! I will definitely be recommending this book! This book was given to me by Baker Publishing House in exchange for a fair and honest review.