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The story takes place in the 1790s along the Natchez Trace, a historic forest trail extending from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. With the murder of Isabella Bartholomew's brother and a fire on the Breeze Hill Plantation that has incapacitated her father and damaged the cotton plants, Isabella needs help rebuilding. Since Connor O'Shea is on a mission to work and make sure his brothers in Ireland are able to join him in the states, Isabella hires him to repair the house in exchange for passage of his family to the US.
Number of Pages: 425
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Natchez Trace
My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho: Rebecca's PlightSusanne DietzeBarbour Publishing / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.79 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 76 Reviews
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Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor OShea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when hes sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears hell repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.
The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabellas shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connors help, Isabella fears shell lose her familys plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbors proposal of marriage.
Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?
In the first of her new Natchez Trace series, Hillman carries readers to antebellum Mississippi in an entertaining tale. Greed, murder, and glimpses of the slave trade give it depth, while the subtle Christian themes provide hope.
In 1791, Connor OShea arrives in Natchez, MS, from Ireland as an indentured servant. But his plan to send for his four brothers at the end of his term is thwarted by the untimely death of his master and the purchase of his papers by Isabella Bartholomew, who seeks a carpenter to help rebuild a burned wing of her familys plantation home, Breeze Hill. Neighbor Nolan James Braxton is courting Isabella, yet his intentions are anything but honest. Although Isabella and Connor develop feelings for each other, she needs to keep the plantation running and seriously considers Nolans proposal. It is not long before Connor realizes that someone is trying to take over Breeze Hill and Isabellas life. VERDICT Though some readers may have concerns about a relationship between characters with such a power imbalance, Hillmans (Claiming Mariah) series launch set in antebellum Mississippi effectively mixes intrigue and suspense with a healthy dose of romance and historical details.