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.
While this is the final book in the Sapphire Brides series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone. I had high hopes for this book. The other two in the series were entertaining and I thought the cover was beautiful (yes, I know that doesn't mean anything, but I like good looking covers). I was disappointed in this book, and the only thing I can put my finger on to figure out why was that it took me a looooong time to finish it. Even when I got to almost the end I put it down and didn't pick it up for a while. Maybe it's because I never really got behind Clara. She was too...innocent? Naive? Whiny? I'm not sure, but she wasn't my favorite feminine lead. Unfortunately, Curtis wasn't my favorite male lead either. Lot's of angst and drudgery. I actually didn't mind the mother. Don't get me wrong, she's horrible, but at least she's supposed to be :)
All in all, it could very possibly be that I just wasn't in the mood for this book. Maybe if I would have read it at a different time my opinion would have been vastly different. So even with all my complaining I would give it 3 stars for everything else in the story. The jewels and designs, the children, the bad guys, etc.
Title: A Love Transformed
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: September 2016
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.