Rebecca Davis promises to raise her dying sister's newborn son as her own. She also agrees to help a female slave reach freedom. It's the right thing to do, but can she trust her fellow conspirators without endangering her future or her son? Her handsome contact, Jared Hollingsworth, won't discuss their mission, but her attraction to him has Rebecca fearing she will endanger not only her freedom--but her heart. Jared Hollingsworth refuses to use slave labor. Despite this sentiment, he's been able to keep his plantation going, even while mourning the death of his wife and son. Now, thanks to his notorious cousin, Jared is in danger of losing Oak Hill. When he meets Rebecca Davis, he isn't ready to love again, but she may be just what he needs to save his home and his heart. When he discovers Rebecca embroiled in a conspiracy, will he follow his heart and dare to love again? Or will he risk her heart to save his beloved plantation?
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Rebecca comes to Jackson for a friend’s wedding and to help an escaped slave find her way to her family. There, she is introduced to Jared and sparks fly right away. Through a series of misunderstandings, Rebecca keeps leaving Jared confused and suspicious. She made a huge deal about keeping him out of the escaped slave smuggling business and refused his proposal rather than just being a grown up and just saying “yes, but not quite yet!” It seems like a bit of it was over-manufactured. The story itself was good and Jared was as loyal and sweet as could be.
The narrator was what I would call a “reader” and not an “actress”. Oh she tried here and there to add some emotion here and there. But for the most part, she was reading the way she would recite it. I think it took away a bit from the overall enjoyment of the story.
The book is set in colonial America and features some forward-thinking, humane people who's lives interact. I was a little iffy starting out, on whether I'd like the book or not, but that concern was quickly put to rest as the characters and plot came alive.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, curious to see what would happen next and whether my thoughts on how things would turn out, would come true. Charmingly written with both feel-good and tension moments throughout.
I was give a code for an honest review