A LOVE TRANSFORMED
The third and last book in the Sapphire Brides series tells a gentle love story and, while it does contain some drama, it isn’t on the same level or on par with its predecessors. Peterson’s latest is more of a slow-building, character-driven story that leaves the action for the very end. The romance is sweet, but a little drawn out. Peterson does another fabulous job though with the scenery and historical details. And the uplifting message that God loves us despite our scars rings loud and clear.
When Clara Vesper’s husband dies suddenly, she is stunned to discover that he has left her and their two children almost penniless. Knowing that her mother will try to force her into another society marriage, Clara travels with her kids to her aunt and uncle’s farm in Montana. There she finds her first true love, Curtis Billingham, recovering from a mining accident. Clara is quick to tell Curtis that she still has deep feelings for him, but Curtis believes that he has little to offer Clara and her children. In addition, he might never fully recover from his injuries. Will Curtis change his mind before Clara’s mother and her former brother-in-law travel to Montana to bring her home? (BETHANY HOUSE, Sep., 336 pp., $14.99)