About the Book
Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.
The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s proposal of marriage.
Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?
I’m not sure which character I liked reading about more, Isabella or Connor. And then putting the two of them together?! It was beyond entertaining. Between Connor’s wit and sarcasm, and Isabella’s determination and grit, it seemed destined these two would get under each other’s skin. In a charming way of course! Their growing attraction for one another was not lost on me, no matter how much they tried to deny it. The banter between these two characters was my favorite part of the book, and lasted right up until the end.
The author did a wonderful job in mixing suspense, romance, family, and survival in this story. The story flowed beautifully, and my eyes were not going anywhere until I saw the words “the end”. Perhaps what captured my attention the most was the prayers the characters were quick to say. They didn’t have to be long and drawn out, just enough to grab my attention. I like seeing faith in my leading characters without being too preachy. I want it to be natural, and this was very natural.
Bottom line – this is a great story. The setting is beautiful, the characters are strong, and while there are some heavy topics written, there are some comical and light hearted scenes interwoven that allow you to regroup and carry on. Highly recommend you give this a try. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
CBA Bestselling author PAM HILLMAN was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of. www.pamhillman.com