|Genre: Historical Fiction |
Publisher: Barbour Books
Released: September 1, 2017
Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright has purchased land in the Shenandoah Valley. However, the land belongs to Lillyanna Laughlin—or so she erroneously thinks. Mac sets her straight and despite a poor start, the two become friends. . .if only he were financially stable to offer her more.
When Lily’s life is threatened and his whole future goes up in flames, Mac truly becomes a man without means, and Lily is forced to make the impossible choice between a loveless marriage with a man twice her age or the man who has shown her what true love could be. How can she choose between love and economic security? Her family is depending on her. Is her heart destined to break?
Journey into Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley of 1816 where a woman’s dreams and future happiness are on the line.
My Rating & Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 (4 stars)
“I cannot afford to get distracted by a golden-haired beauty with beguiling blue eye, enchanting smiles, and a captivating singing voice.”
This was an enjoyable historical romance. I went through so many different emotions over the course of the story. I loved most of the characters, but couldn’t stand Mr. Everett (but he was meant to be disliked). I loved how Lily was strong and able to hold her own against Mr. Everett, he deserved to have to face the consequences for the things he did to her and her family. The Aunt and Blake were such a sweet couple it was fun to watch this relationship bloom. But the relationship between Mac and Lily was the reason I was unable to put the book down. I loved their banter and sweet moments, I really liked both these characters and so badly wanted them together, I had to know what was going to happen and if my wishes were going to come true. The addition of other elements throughout kept the story compelling and engaging. Topics such as dealing with deception, overcoming fear and building trust were integrated into the story. The descriptions of the setting were wonderfully done and I could very easily picture the orchids and swimming hole. I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to those who enjoy stepping back in.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley;
opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)