1792, Natchez Trace, MS
Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O’Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It’s time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.
Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.
Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother’s care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found.
Well, I do love me some Irish hero action and this book had it in plenty. I very much enjoyed the first book in this series and this book just added to the story. This time we are introduced to Conner’s younger brothers who are now finally able to join him in America. All accept one, Caleb, who I am hoping we will get to see his story next.
Quinn, Rory, and eight year old Patrick are on their way to Breeze Hill and on their ship are three sisters who are also going to America. Kiera and her two younger sisters have been sent out by her half-sister and brother-in-law in what Kiera thought was a marriage arrangement. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to her or her sisters, her brother-in-law basically sold them to a ruthless man for his brothel.
Now what should good men do? Definitely not leave these young ladies to their fate and what a horrible fate it would be. I must say I was thoroughly immersed in this story by then and I was only a few chapters in. This book is over 400 pages but I flew through it and around all the twists, turns, and shocking storylines that took place.
The author did an excellent job bringing her characters front and center in this story of new beginnings. It was great to see Conner reunited with three of his brothers and to see him and Isabella as a family. The main theme that I picked up on was how Quinn viewed his brothers’ lives (Conner and Caleb), with jealousy and resentment. Especially since he was raising his two younger brothers and felt trapped in his circumstances. I completely understand that feeling. However, we know the hard time Conner had from the previous book and Caleb’s story is still a mystery.
Keep writing about those Irish boys Pam Hillman and I will keep reading.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Award-winning author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. Her novel Claiming Mariah won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart award. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and family. Visit her website at www.pamhillman.com.