A novel set in 1917, just before the United States’ entry into the Great War, “A Love Transformed” by Tracie Peterson tells the story of a young woman living in New York. Clara Vesper has just been informed that her husband Adolph has been murdered in an apparent mugging. With two young children, she is stunned to find out that she does not inherit her husband’s estate. She has been the silent designing partner in a jewelry firm specializing in sapphire pieces which she designs and her husband and brother, Otto pass off as their creations. In order to get away from her domineering mother and pushy brother-in-law, she flees to Montana to live with her aunt and uncle on their ranch where she spent wonderful times as a teenager. Also at the ranch is her first beau. He is recovering from an accident and she is coerced into caring for him.
After a while, sinister things start to happen. Not only does her mother find her, but travels to the ranch to pressure her to return to New York and marry Otto. Otto is involved in another trade…espionage. He and his cohorts are smugglers and are involved in treason against the United States with Germany. I enjoyed the book from this prolific author. Ms. Peterson has written many novels, a few of which I have read. I have liked each one.
I received a print copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.