Her wilderness survival skills are without rival.
But her greatest talent is keeping other people’s secrets.
After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It’s a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke–men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide.
Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn’t long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?
With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.
I have only read one other book by Laura before this one and I loved it. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her next book so when this book came out I was eager to read it.
I remember when reading the previous book that Laura lays a lot of ground work for the story, it is a slow build but I didn’t mind in the other book I read. However, with this one I really struggled to pick the book up and continue reading through the first few chapters.
I will say once I got into the story I did find it more interesting. I loved the pictures she painted with the scenery and the conflict with Native Americans and the uncertainty of who you can trust.
Tempe was a spirited young woman and I did like her. I struggled with the relationship of some of the other characters, I wasn’t sure for a while if Paige and Russel were married and having trouble or not married at all. I wasn’t sure who Aylee was because sometimes Tempe called her mother and sometimes Aylee, so for a while I thought they were two different people.
But as I said, once I got a handle on the characters and the story I did enjoy it and appreciate all the work Laura put into it. If you decide to pick this book up just keep in mind you will need to get through the first quarter or so before too much happens.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.