1851: Niagara Falls, New York The evidence has been well hidden—the Thayers were confident that it was safe from the clutches of the ruthless Murphy Gang. But it has all been in vain. The lawless group is closing in on the family homestead, and seven-year-old Penny is given only one instruction: Run. After two long years eagerly anticipating her fiancé’s return, twenty-year-old Julia Barrett is ready to make a fresh start with Adam Wolcott—even if it means putting her dream of traveling west with the Mormons on hold. But when Adam’s return is overshadowed by the unexpected arrival of a young orphan girl in desperate need of help, Julia is drawn into a dangerous mystery that will threaten all she holds dear. Charged with the protection of little Penny, Julia quickly finds herself relying on the help of Tom Harrison, an endearing young man who has long admired her from afar. Torn between two suitors, Julia soon uncovers a shocking trail of corruption and deceit—a discovery that pulls her inescapably into the race to locate telling evidence that Penny’s family gave their lives to protect . . .
This is a gripping story that I really didn’t want to put down. Set in the 1850s it is full of action and romance. The tale quickly pulled me in. The characters are strong and compelling. I loved the setting in Niagra, NY. Julia is torn between following her heart by marrying the man she has always loved and moving west with her family. Suddenly new people enter life and make her choices so much more complicated. The story is well told and very engaging. I would love to read more from this author.
Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it!!!!
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