About the book:
There can be only one mistress of Tall Acre . . .
The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?
Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz.
Laura Frantz has another winner! This was a beautiful love story that originated in a marriage of convenience. Half of the story took place before they were married, with Sophie forming a bond with Seamus' daughter, Lily Cate, as she waits for her brother to return from the war. Seamus and Sophie's friendship developed slowly as we got to see their feelings develop into something more. There's some suspense and a bit of a mystery surrounding Lily Cate and I wasn't sure how that was going to be resolved. Then I was surprised to see who the woman was from the general's past and I wondered again how this could turn out for the good. It was amazing to think that these men who fought the Revolutionary War were gone for eight years, if they survived at all. I felt for all Sophie had to endure, from her father's abandonment to her mother's death, and then being shunned by the community because her father sided with the British even though she didn't. I loved all of the characters, especially Seamus and Sophie. They both strove to be honorable and do the right thing, no matter what. Sophie had a strong faith and helped influence Seamus to turn back to God. His relationship with Lily Cate was heartbreaking at first and then so sweet as they grew to know each other. This was a well-written story I highly recommend!
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.