About the Book:
Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family's Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land.
Pinkerton agent and former Union cavalryman Levi Riggins is investigating a series of robberies and sabotage linked to the impoverished Daughtry plantation. Posing as a hotel management agent for the railroad, he tells Selah he'll help her save her home, but only if it is converted into a hotel. With Selah otherwise engaged with renovations, Levi moves onto the property to "supervise" while he actually attends to his real assignment right under her nose.
Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee, but she'd do almost anything to save her home. What she never expected to encounter was his assault on her heart.
Selah and Levi both were characters I just fell in love with! Selah courageously fights the unknown as she strives to create a better future for herself, sisters, and cousin. She is not afraid to take on any task peppered with grace and humor. Levi is smitten from the first time he sees Selah on the train which leads to conflicting emotions as he tries to stay neutral during the investigation and his heart just won't cooperate. Selah and Levi's compatibility was evident from the beginning, and I loved all of the tender moments and sentimental touches White added to their unconventional courtship. Many players were involved in Levi's investigation and I enjoyed sleuthing right along with him! Glimpses of romantic tensions between other characters were also laced within the story making me anxious to read the next book in the series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of The Pelican Bride, The Creole Princess, and The Magnolia Duchess. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers' Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. Learn more at www.bethwhite.net.
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