A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson
After Clara Vesper's husband is killed she seeks a new start for herself and her twins by returning to the only place she's known happiness, her aunt and uncle's sheep ranch in Montana. But dark secrets from her husband's past cast a lengthy shadow over her dreams threatening her hopes for the future.
I was intrigued by the premise and setting for this book as well as the World War One era. It was interesting to watch the mystery of Clara's husband's death unfold and new things come to light, but the book sort of wavered between interesting and boring up until the last few chapters when things picked up momentum. I did admire Clara's moral fortitude, but overall as a character I'm not sure I liked her much. I was also put off by the "We were meant to be together even though we fell in love when we were kids and it's been fourteen years" theme. That might just be a personal preference since I don't really believe people are "meant for each other".
There were parts of the story which I found outright frustrating as characters behaved in a way that seemed illogical at times. The style was also a little bland, the plot predictable and the dialogue unoriginal. But, all that said, I did at times enjoy this book and it was good to see the heroine's courage and faith grow as the story progressed. I give it 3 stars.
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.