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.
I don't know who designs Tracie's covers, but they are all very well done. This is definitely a book that I would pick up and be curious about, just because of the cover. And then I would read that it was book 2 of the Sapphire Brides Series (and assuming I hadn't read book 1) I would hesitate. However, you can read this with no problem if you haven't read the first one. The way they tie in to each other is the Sapphires. Characters (at least that I remember) don't overlap at all, so you won't be missing anything (other than a good first story).
While I enjoyed the story, and will probably even read it again, I was a little...disappointed in Ian's and Phoebe's relationship. Don't get me wrong, Ian is great, and Phoebe is a sweetheart, but they didn't seem to spend a whole lot of time with each other. Maybe it's implied and I just missed it, but I was saddened by it all the same. I also wanted (although, it really wasn't necessary) more info about what happens to the servants at the conclusion, but that's just because I like everything really tied up :)
It's a cute story that won't take you long to read.
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Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.