BOOK REVIEW: Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Conner 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, Conner fears he'll repeat past mistakes, so he vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.
The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella's shoulders after a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor's help, and her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, Isabella fears she'll lose her family's plantation.
Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?
MY REVIEW: I was a little disappointed by this book, but it wasn't bad. I did like the mystery surrounding the odd trails through the woods that obviously had riders, but none were ever found; the nasty trampling of the cotton field; and overwhelming suppression by bandits. As it happens, there is someone who is after control of Breeze Hill, and he will stop at nothing to get it.
One other thing I liked was the time Connor took with Isabella's father, Mr. Bartholomew, in helping him to regain a little of his lost limb control and dignity, and keep him notified about the progress on the house renovations.
I thought the ending of the story could have had a bit more closure to it---I know there was something I wondered the outcome to, but I can't put my finger on it just now. It did, however, have a "happily ever after, we won't have to live like church mice" ending.
Pam Hillman has previously written Claiming Mariah, and Stealing Jake, which is rumored to be her debut novel, but if you visit her website pamhillman.com, it looks as though she has previously either written or compiled several others.
I received a copy of this book from TYNDALE PUBLISHERS per their blogger program, and was only asked to write an honest review.