I fell in love with this book from the opening page. As soon as the story began, I found myself not wanting to put it down. I was intrigued by how these authors could possibly bridge the gap between 1864 and present day. I spent the whole first chapter pretty much deciding it was impossible to do. However, by the second chapter I began to get a glimpse of how it would be accomplished.
I absolutely loved that the topic of substance abuse was brought up and talked about through the main character, Nicole. I liked her from the beginning. She was determined to win over this addiction. However, she has seen something that can’t be unseen. She knows that she needs to tell the truth so she can be free from the whole situtation and promise that she made to someone. However, telling the truth means that she risks all that she is working to regain. But in telling the truth, she is also freeing other people who have found themselves struggling with the same things they had seen as a child.
Therese Jennings is one of those ladies that I liked from the start, too. Her beliefs are put to the test and she has a choice to make.
I was first drawn to this book because it was written by two authors that have been at the top of my list of authors. I have never read a book by them that wasn’t one that I wanted to hurry up and end. I wasn’t as drawn by the cover of the book, but definitely by the names on the book!
I was sad to see this series end, but I have high hopes that these two authors will continue to write another series together! Read more reviews on this book at http://litfusegroup.com/author/clarkgould.
Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?
Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.
MINDY AND LESLIE
Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. **||** Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including “Beyond the Blue” and “Garden of Dreams.” She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.
I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.