I’ve heard a lot of great things about Pam Hillman’s books, but for some reason, this is the first book that I have read of hers. I now have her back list and will be catching up soon!
I started liking Connor basically from page one of this story. But, after he helped Isabella’s father start really living again, I was a goner! I loved how his Irish accent came out when he spoke passionately about something. He is such a good, kind, caring, honorable character and I can’t wait to read about his brothers.
I also really liked Isabella. She had so much on her shoulders. You couldn’t help but sympathize with her and all she has been through. She could be a bit impetuous and stubborn though. Sometimes this worked in her favor, others it did not!
Isabella had turned away from asking God for help. She blamed Him for all of the misfortune that had fallen on her family. I love when she realizes that she was foolish because God never promised a life free of trials and tribulations, but He does promise life eternal.
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?
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