“It would be disastrous. We don’t want the same thing,” Caeden thinks about Emily in Tracie Peterson’s novel, A Treasured Concealed.
~ What ~
First in the Sapphire Brides series, this three-hundred-thirty-six-page paperback targets those who like historical fiction based in the late eighteen hundreds in the America’s West. With no profanity or sexual content, topics of illness, physical abuse, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.
Set in 1895 in Montana, twenty-three-year-old Emily Carver continues to hide her body and looks from the men that live in Yogo City, a declining mining town. Always wanting to please her parents by moving from camp to camp to pan for gold, she dreams of having a normal life of being married with children and a house.
When geologist Caeden Thibault comes to town for a government project, he encounters the girl in an awkward position. Knowing she wants to conceal herself to the other men, the two develop a friendship, especially when bad circumstances keep happening. Only when Caeden forgives his angered past and Emily repents of being self-supportive, do they find love with each other.
~ Why ~
Having read prior books of Peterson’s, I like her writing style as I can easily visualize the scenes. This one includes the eternal plan of salvation and how repentance and forgiveness are important. The historical customs and ways of living are well documented.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like the era of the story where women are not treated equally. Others may wish the book was not so predictable.
~ Who ~
Award winning author of over one hundred novels, Peterson focuses on both historical and contemporary genre. She lives in Montana with her family.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. With this being the first book in the series, I am anticipating what happens next in the West.
~ Want ~
If you like learning about mining and roughing it in the West while romance buds between two opposite individuals, this may be a good start to a series.
Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review.
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