When Clara Vesper's husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned--but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara decides to return to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy.
Curtis Billingham, injured in a sapphire mine collapse, is recuperating at the ranch of his friends, Paul and Madeline Sersland. But when the Serslands' niece returns from New York City, Curtis curses both his broken body and his broken past. Clara, the love of his life, has come back to him, but he is no longer worthy of her love.
Clara's brother-in-law Otto Vesper, Adolph's business partner, fears that the loss of Clara's design skills will doom the company's prospects. Following her to Montana, Otto is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Clara to return with him to New York.
As Clara fights for love and freedom, a dangerous secret in her late husband's life comes to light, threatening everyone she loves.
On the whole I enjoyed reading this book. It is well written and has a well plotted and really interesting story that keeps a reader on his toes.
It didn't take me long to really really hate Clara's mother who is determined to dominate her daughter's life and to push her into just another loveless marriage. This woman made me so furious that I wished that she was real and I could just tell her what a monster she is.
I loved to see how the love between Curtis and Clara rekindles and how they slowly find their way back to each other despite everything that happened since her mother took her away 14 years ago. Clara's children are very sweet and I loved to see them open up to Curtis and also to this wonderful uncle and aunt of Clara's.
Clara tries to spread her wingsand win her freedom but it's not just her mother who is working against her. Will she be able to follow her heart or will the circumstances force her to accept another man's suit? And will Curtis be able to leave his past in the past and trust the future?
I know that the publisher is the leading publisher for inspirational fiction so I expected some christian content but in this case it was sometimes a bit too much. Of course do people in need turn to god when things get rough but somehow I felt that some more doing and a bit less praying might have been a bit more effective or more captivating for the reader.
Nevertheless the book was really interesting and on the whole very enjoyable.