"What did one say to finding out a dead man had died?"
Obviously, considering this new information, Lillian Doyle's life story had been built on falsehood; her mother had never been a widow and her deceased father had up until recently, been very much alive. Regardless of the confusing untruths, her new reality involved an inheritance . . . left entirely to Lillian. Could it mean that Lillian no longer had to marry a man that she didn't love, while struggling to maintain her mother's societal pretenses? There was only one way to find out, leave Atlanta and travel to the small town of Dawsonville, where once again Lillian was going to face unexpected obstacles, starting with . . . someone was already living in what was now her house?
Lillian's journey to truth and happiness is pleasantly predictable in some ways, and rather challenging in others. Having lived with practically no family for so long, she is both encouraged and befuddled by those who seem to both trust and distrust her motives, starting with one of her family's employees, Jonah Peterson. Trusting in God's providence proves much harder than it sounds. . . . but, does it have to be? Just wait until you reach the ending!
"I think we get promptings to do the things we least understand so we can learn to lean on God's understanding."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars
Lillian Doyle has lived her entire high-society life with her widowed mother, believing her father died long ago. But when news arrives that her estranged father only recently passed away--in jail--Lillian is startled to find that the man has left a business and all of his possessions to her, making her a rather unusual heiress.
When she goes to take possession of her father's house in a backwoods Georgia town, the dilapidated structure is already occupied by another woman who claims it was promised to her son, Jonah. In her attempts to untangle the mess, Lillian will discover not only a family she never knew she had but a family business that is more than meets the eye--and has put a target on her back.
To discover the truth and take hold of the independence she's always dreamed of, she'll have to make friends with adversaries and strangers--especially Jonah, the dusty and unrefined cowboy who has secret aspirations of his own.
Revell Publishing, May 2, 2023
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