A Treasure Concealed (Sapphire Brides Series #1)Tracie Peterson
A Treasure Concealed is the first book in best selling author Tracie Peterson's new series, Sapphire Brides.Emily Carver wants a home where she can put down roots instead of following her gold-hungry father from one mining camp to another. She also longs for tenderness and ... Read More
Emily Carver wants a home where she can put down roots instead of following her gold-hungry father from one mining camp to another. She also longs for tenderness and love, both of which are missing in her life. Yet when she realizes she's losing her heart to the intriguing new man in camp, she fiercely fights her feelings, afraid that love will only result in disappointment and heartache.
Page Count: 336
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 2, 2016
- UPC: 9780764213243
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 336
- Publish Date: Mar 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764213245
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- A heartwarming rendered story about loss, expectation, steadfastness and impenetrable love that simultaneously gives a vivid glimpse into the living conditions and drudgery of life on the frontier by Sparrowhawk on 4/15/2016
A Treasure Concealed is a heartwarming rendered story about loss, expectation, steadfastness and impenetrable love that simultaneously gives a vivid glimpse into the living conditions and drudgery of life on the frontier. I truly enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting the second installment. I really liked it!
WHAT I LIKED
+ A Treasure Concealed takes a very pragmatic stance towards life on the frontier; more particularly, towards women and how they played a very limited role in society. I admit, I was slightly irate with some of the plotting choices and I often caught myself complaining about the drudgery of daily life for women, but then I realized that I was approaching the setting with a contemporary view on history ― not to mention, a clouded knowledge of modern-day beliefs to boot ― which only goes to show how this factor helped to build the mood and tone of the story. In any case, the plot was surprisingly well-executed; I particularly enjoyed the spin on the sapphire element, but what made the book, even more, engaging for me was its ability to bring the story to a suspenseful climax and resolution.
+ There’s a lot to be said about the world building in A Treasure Concealed, but first a brief disclosure: For reasons unbeknownst to me, I am radically infatuated with the state of Montana. It could be the romantic picturesque landscapes or the hope of living in a log house on the plains somewhere ―Texas, I’m looking at you― but in any case, I wholeheartedly loved every bit of detail that was given to portray an 1800’s Montana. We were given meticulous everyday countryside sceneries (swoon), a vivid glimpse into a life without access to running water, electricity, vehicles, and common amenities of life. Most affecting for me, though, was the way folks in this era pursued community and how they graciously gave without having anything to begin with; it was simply beautiful and convicting.
+ One of my absolute favorite qualities about Tracie Peterson is her extraordinary ability to fashion these fictional characters that are distinct in their own right and remarkably witty all the same; it’s truly the one aspect that keeps me coming back for more! That said, the overall development of the characters and their integration into the story arc was skillfully carried out. However, it was namely the mystery surrounding the ominous antagonist and the legitimate plights our characters faced on the frontier that exuded a genuine connection and palpable concern that helped keep me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
+ Timeless too is the story’s romantic take ― another endearing quality I love about Tracie Peterson’s books. It’s the sort of romance that does not build upon silly clichés but saturates the air with an overwhelming expectancy that keeps the reader engaged and fully immersed. I truly enjoyed seeing how all the obstacles set before both Emily and Caeden served as a testing of their mettle and love for one another.
THINGS THAT MADE GO HMMM. . .
- Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Montana, it behooves me to say that our protagonist, Emily Carver was not necessarily a memorable character; however, there were redeeming qualities to her character arc that did pepper the story with an endearing appeal. Take, for instance, her matter-of-fact repertoire which was utterly amusing, but to be frank, I felt there could have been more layers to her lukewarm character arc. Even so, I was still intrigued by the challenges and responsibilities she face on the homestead ― how she labored and managed to defy the trials that challenged her role as a woman, how she and her family managed to endure extreme weather conditions and the famine such conditions evoked, how she succumbed to incurable diseases and the inevitable loss it accentuates, how at times it was necessary for her to take on men’s duties; it all seemed insurmountable, to say the least, but that’s exactly what I love about historical fiction, how you manage to fall in love with this idea that starts out simple, but instead, you walk away appreciating the beauty and importance history has left for us to grasp
- The narrative’s only weakness is the pacing, which only seems to complement the wide-open lazy summer Montana afternoons the book is set in. There is also a bit of subtlety in the prose where oftentimes some important points of a particular scene are the ones that go unsaid. To boot, I must confess that I didn’t really get into the story until a quarter into the book. Even so, the characters and plotline eventually grew on me and by the end, I liked the overarching story.
All in all a lovely well-written narrative made all the more special because it was set in Montana. I’ll definitely be back for more, I simply cannot get enough of Tracie Peterson’s impeccable storytelling and uncanny characters.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of this review, it was not required of me to give a positive review, but to solely express my honest thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
- A Great Read by ChasRay on 3/22/2016
A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson is the first in her Sapphire Brides Series. This series is set in the late 1800's and this particular one focuses on a small mining town in Montana. If you're a fan of historical fiction, or even if you've never read this genre, I hope you give it a try.
Emily Carver has known her share of struggles. Being a girl growing up in mining camps isn't easy but now that she is grown she finds it even more difficult. Choosing to hide her feminine form rather than fend off would be suitors makes a trip to town more cumbersome by the extra layers of clothing she puts on. She still lives with her parents, but what Emily truly longs for is a life of her own. She wants a house with a picket fence and rosebushes. A husband and kids to call her own. She fears because she is tied to the mining camp tending to her ailing mother, this is all her life will be. She's not bitter, she loves her mother with all her heart, she is her best friend and confident.
That's not to say she doesn't love her father too. She does but she doesn't share his need to strike it rich. They barely make enough money to scrape by, as do most miners, and they move often. She's actually amazed that they managed to stay in Montana for as long as they have. Her dad, Henry, isn't a bad guy. He fully believes the Lord has led him here and has unimagined riches in store. He hates to see his wife suffering. No doctor can tell him what's wrong, all they can agree on is it's bad. He ekes out enough gold on his claim for them to get by and he's content with what God has given him. He's beyond blessed to have a wife and daughter whom he loves and who love him back.
Caeden Thibault isn't as lucky. He had a drunk for a father and he watched his mother suffer under his father's abuse. He couldn't wait to turn 18 and get as far away from Albany and his father as he could. He now works as a geologist for the government. Traveling from town to town inspecting mining claims. He's not close to God and isn't sure how if God can be so wonderful, why he allowed his mother to suffer so.
I thoroughly enjoyed A treasure Concealed. It reminded me of watching old westerns with my mom when I was little. I was sucked in from the moment I started this book and wasn't able to put it down until I was finished. I felt like I was a part of Yogo City. I sympathized with Emily and her need for independence. She's fiercely loyal to her parents but she wants a life of her own. She often questioned God and why he allowed certain things or didn't allow certain things? She couldn't see what she had right in front of her. Extended family who looked out for each other when the going got rough. They showed God's love to each other everyday. Whether it was Jake bringing meat from a kill he made or Millie slipping an extra can of peaches in with her purchases when Emily came in the store. The people of Yogo city looked out for each other and took care of their own.
I hope if you're in the mood to read something new you will give A Treasure Concealed a try. It's a great book full of awesome characters who make their way into your heart and feel like family.
I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
- Miners Lives in old Montana by Noreen on 3/18/2016
Once again, Tracie Peterson has shown me why I love her books. Tracie weaves a story of historical fiction, rich with developed characters and bound with faith. She has accurately portrayed the struggles of gold miners lives as well as the cost to their families. This story in the first in Sapphire Brides and set in Montana in the late 1800's.
Here is the synopsis from the authors website:
"Emily Carver wants a home where she can put down roots instead of following her gold-hungry father from one mining camp to another. She also longs for tenderness and love, both of which are missing in her life. Yet when she realizes she’s losing her heart to the intriguing new man in camp, she fiercely fights her feelings, afraid that love will only result in disappointment and heartache.
Caeden Thibault, a young geologist, comes to Montana to catalog minerals indigenous to the state. He’s a serious and guarded young man trying to escape the pain of his past. He has avoided all romantic entanglements, fearing he might become like his abusive father. But something about Emily Carver has caught his attention, something he never expected. . . .
Will these two broken souls allow God to bring healing and hope to their hurting hearts?"
I would rate this book a diamond rating and I can't wait to her next book in the series.
I was provided this book free of charge, from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing, for my honest review. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will definitely want to get a hold of this book.
Thank you once again to Bethany House for their blogger review program.
- Charming novel! by The Avid Reader on 3/13/2016
A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson is a historical, Christian romance novel and the first book in the Sapphire Brides series. It is 1895 in Yogo City, Montana. Emily Carver’s mother, Nyola is ill. Emily is doing her best to take care of her, her father (Henry), and their home. Emily just wants a permanent home. She wants to be settled in one place. Her father has kept their family moving her whole life (gold fever and wanderlust) and Emily has no desire to move again. Emily hides her figure under bulky, manly clothes (it would not due to look to feminine in this area). So far Henry has not uncovered any gold on his claim (the area has been played out, but he does not believe it). They only thing he keeps bringing up are pretty blue pebbles.
One day Caeden Thibault comes to town. Caeden is a geologist with the government (and running away from his own past and pain). Henry meets Caeden in town and invites him to camp out on their property (Henry is very friendly and generous). Emily is shocked when Caeden comes into their home while she is getting out of the bath. This is the beginning of a tumultuous romance. Can these make it work? What happens when Emily shows Caeden the blue pebbles? You will need to read A Treasure Concealed to find out.
A Treasure Concealed is an entertaining Christian, romance novel. A Treasure Concealed is well-written. Tracie Peterson did a wonderful job in describing gold mining life in Montana. I could picture the town, the people, the Carver’s home, and the difficulties these people faced. It has the normal romance elements, but it had something special. The novel focuses on people regaining their faith, that we have a loving God, and leaving a problem in God’s hands (instead of worrying and fretting over an issue). A Treasure Concealed has a lovely ending. I give A Treasure Concealed 4 out of 5 stars (which means I liked it). I will definitely be reading the next book in the Sapphire Brides series.
I received a complimentary copy of A Treasure Concealed from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.