times call for desperate measures . . .
Clarkson suffered much at the hands of the Civil War. In hopes of
saving her family plantation, she offered her innocence to a band
of Union troops in exchange for her home being spared the torch.
But her great sacrifice was for nothing and she watched in horror
as the flames consumed all that she had held near and dear. It was
as though the life she once knew was now just a memory that had
quickly gone up in a puff of smoke. When her brother arrived and
discovered the devastation, he found her in a small make shift slave
cabin. To help avenge all that the war had taken from them, he suggested
that she join him in becoming notorious bank robbers. Her venture
as a bank robber was short lived; she was captured during one of
their holdups. She was heartbroken when she realized that her brother
had abandoned her to face the gallows by herself. The hope to live
slowly drained from her as the day of the hanging fast approached.
Unexpectedly, her salvation came in the form of Micah Peterson.
In Micah's eyes, she saw a man that had suffered unspeakable pain
and agony. Micah offered Jenny his hand in marriage as a way to
escape the hangman's noose. If she accepted his proposal, she would
be indebted to him for seven years before she became a free woman
again. She knew this was her only chance to live and readily accepted
his proposal. What confused her most was that fact that Micah was
very clear that their marriage be one in name only. She wondered
what type of man would risk his good name, and the town's scorn,
to help someone who had been condemned to die for a crime she had
been found guilty of committing.
oneself often results in reward in the end . . .
Peterson had been a prisoner of war at Andersonville. He had returned
to his hometown a mere shell of a man, more dead than alive. Miraculously,
his strong will to live enabled him to recover. When he was strong
enough, he learned that his wife and son had died from fever. He
felt all his dreams had been shattered in that one instance. It
was as though his will to live was not worth fighting for any longer.
He was intent on slowly surrendering to the peace that death offered.
However, his interest was captured when he heard that a woman bank
robber had been sentenced to die for a crime he felt she was innocent.
He found himself making the offer to marry her so that she could
serve as a housekeeper and cook to him and his ranch hands. He saw
a spark in Jenny Clarkson that he needed to rekindle his will to
live although the war had robbed him of his ability to prove that
he was man enough to be worthy of his love. Would his heart be able
to feed off the generosity and kindness that Jenny so readily offered?
Or was he opening himself up for rejection from a woman who was
rumored to have a colorful past?
Dee Beraru has penned the perfect historical romance. Through these
heartfelt pages, I found a plot that contains the essential ingredients
that would make any reader crave to read more. Once I started this
book, I was unable to put it down until I read the concluding sentence.
I hope this author explores some of the secondary characters she
introduced in this book. I feel these memorable characters' stories
deserve to be told. Writing as this is why I proudly declared myself
as a devoted romance reader. This book comes with my highest recommendation;
it is definitely a keeper!