It’s 1863, and schoolteacher Olivia Owens believes education should be a top priority in the newly established settlement of Good Springs. Between planning lessons and helping out on her family’s homestead, Olivia doesn’t have time for Gabriel McIntosh’s charming advances. When the council denies her request to build a schoolhouse, Olivia must challenge their ruling and teach private lessons—all while hiding frequent bouts of word blindness (dyslexia). If the council knew the new teacher couldn’t always read, they wouldn’t allow Olivia to teach anymore.
As a carpenter, Gabe McIntosh is working hard to help build the settlement of Good Springs, and once his land is granted, he begins constructing his own house. When Olivia discovers he plans to share it with her, she guards her heart from him. But Gabe is determined to win her affection and figure out what she’s hiding.
This book held me captive from the beginning. I really enjoyed getting to know Olivia and Gabe.
There were many small mysteries in this book. Some of them I figured out pretty early on but that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying each and every page. I think I might have liked this book better than the first one and I really liked that one.
With that being said, even though this is a series I believe you could read this book as a stand-alone. Although the cast of characters is so rich is was nice having met them before.
Gabe was so sweet. I wanted Olivia to so badly open her eyes to him and not believe the things that Peggy was telling her. That frustrated me.
I love Olivia’s heart for teaching and the impact she had on her student’s lives.
If you like historical romance I highly recommend this one.
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