Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a man shot as a traitor to the South, is shunned by proper society and gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation. Expecting to be the Harding’s head housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned when she learns the real reason Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Not finding the safe haven she expects, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems anything but a Southern gentleman.
Branded a traitor by some, Ridley Cooper, a Southern son who chose to fight for the Union, is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him. Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer and former slave, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley harbors secrets that threaten both their lives.
As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again.
Ms. Alexander has written another winner of a novel! Her research is phenomenal and the romance is so sweet and realistic. I love how in her novels you can see the romance develop slowly through friendship. When you finish her books, you have no doubt that this is a relationship that would stand the test of time. Ridley is such a hero living in a place that would have him think he’s a traitor and Olivia has quite the past that tries not to let her go, adding a little angst to the novel. The secondary characters are really something (General Harding!) and carry a huge a presence. Spiritually, Olivia and Ridley have to learn to know God and trust Him again since they have both been through their own personal wars. Good Novel. Highly Recommended.