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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. 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 425
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1496415922
ISBN-13: 9781496415929
Series: Natchez Trace

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Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s 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 Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s 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?

Editorial Reviews

Hillman (Claiming Mariah) sets this eloquent novel in volatile 18th-century Natchez, Miss. It is 1791, and Connor O’Shea, a highly skilled carpenter, has indentured himself to a local property owner to pay for his four brothers’ passage to America from Ireland. His new employer is Isabella Bartholomew, the only daughter of Breeze Hill plantation owner Master Bartholomew. After a house fire severely damaged the plantation and other disasters befell the family, Isabella is determined to get everything back to peak condition, and she believes Connor is perfect for the job. When they arrive at Breeze Hill, Connor observes a dearth of help to run such a vast property; he wonders if the family’s financial troubles run deeper than Isabella let on and whether she can be trusted to live up to her end of the bargain. The trials and tribulations of keeping the business afloat combine with predictable romantic sparks and the suspicion there might be someone intent on sabotaging the plantation. Hillman breezily weaves together colorful details, romantic tensions, and suspenseful plotting in this fun historical romance.
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 O’Shea 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 family’s 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 Nolan’s proposal. It is not long before Connor realizes that someone is trying to take over Breeze Hill and Isabella’s life. VERDICT Though some readers may have concerns about a relationship between characters with such a power imbalance, Hillman’s (Claiming Mariah) series launch set in antebellum Mississippi effectively mixes intrigue and suspense with a healthy dose of romance and historical details.

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  1. Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful historical fiction
    September 17, 2017
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a wonderful historical fiction romance with a bit of suspense. These are my favorite types of stories. I loved Isabella and Connor. I love when people from different groupings can find love despite the obstacles. This is a great time period also. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I received this book from Tyndaleblog for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
  2. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gobsmackingly Good
    September 12, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Gobsmacked doesn't even begin to describe the way I'm feeling right now as I sit in a discombobulated 'the-morning-after-a-frenzied-reading-night' stupor. I only have two words.

    Connor O'Shea.

    Give me a moment to rally my sensibilities, but you might have to move my dog-eared copy of Breeze Hill to another room so I'm not tempted to...rats...just a sec while I read a particularly toe-curling moment over again.

    Blissful sigh. Okay, I'm back. Goodness, that Connor!(insert fangirl swooning emoji here.) Hero of my heart. Masterful, compassionate, noble in spirit. A man with a work ethic and passion for family. And protective. Oh, someone pass me the smelling salts, the opportunities he has to go all protective on Miss Isabella Bartholomew...rats, wait a sec, I need to re-read a particularly swoonworthy rescue.

    Okay, I'm back..for now. I can't seem to stop myself from reading the tantalizing bits over again...which is pretty much the whole book so you see my dilemma. And did I mention Connor is Irish (in case you didn't clue in by his name) but I mean, almost fresh off the boat Irish so he still has the brogue. Set my heart afluttering every time he spoke -- even when he was being an 'eejit.'

    Isabella is a tad impetuous and stubborn and used to running things so there's bound to be some clashing when Connor starts taking initiative -- and sometimes issuing commands that don't go over very well. I do so love an independent-thinking heroine. She's changed a lot in a year of hardship -- grown and stretched in every way except in her faith. There's a lovely inspirational thread that follows Isabella's battles with God and her ultimate surrender to His higher power.

    And a really intriguing aspect of this story is the way the element of suspense is handled. Only the reader knows right from the start who the villain is. The characters haven't a clue. So I was always on edge every time The Villain showed up and I'd try to warn Isabella with a "Bad guy alert!" But did she listen to me? Of course not! She's all sweet and nice and "Oh, do come in and visit awhile. Martha, bring us some tea, if you please." And there I am expiring on my fainting couch for all the wrong reasons because she's just led Danger into their midst. (cue the scary organ music)

    Though it might not seem like it from this very Connor-centric review, there is an astounding cast of secondary characters -- both good and pure evil -- that bring an even deeper dimension to an already amazing story. And the history is fascinating. I don't know a whole lot about this era and particularly this part of America so the setting added even more to my reading pleasure.

    And when the story came to an end as all good books inevitably do, I was left bereft because Connor chose Isabella not me (shuddering sigh)...but...wait, he has brothers and the next book is about....yoohoo, Quinn, we haven't met yet but I'm about to fall deeply in love with you...(I'm so fickle!)
  3. Mrs ARS
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    More please!
    September 10, 2017
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I found out that author Pam Hillman,s newest offering had an Irish hero, I said, 'Yes please!" I really enjoyed this novel of life that takes place in 1791 Mississippi. This was a time in which slavery was still in progress and very dangerous highwaymen roamed and terrorized the people. We have a story of a family who has had some very bad things happen to them. And as we read we see that some of these things may have been done purposely. When Isabella goes to purchase the indenture of Connor O'Shea she does not realize that she purchased the indenture of a real hero.

    I really liked the family closeness of both the main characters. Isabella is trying to run the plantation and the home while taking care of her father and very pregnant sister-in-law. Connor just wants to make enough money to send for his brothers that are still in a poverty stricken state in Ireland. There was also the unity of the community that without I wonder how any of them could have survived.

    There were some really interesting historical aspects to this story. One was that Connor had lived in the old world of Europe with its stages of classes and prejudice, however as he finds out America was quite different. It was interesting to learn that while a lot of slaves came from Africa, there were other countries that had their citizens sold as slaves as well. Ireland was one that was forced to add to the human trafficking conditions of the day.

    This story really got to me and I enjoyed reading every minute of it. It is one that will stick with me for a long time to come. The romance was delightful, the danger was real even though we were unaware of the source, and the history was deep and rich.

    I was provided with a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
  4. chrisk
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heroes, romance, viilans and mystery- don't miss this one!
    August 28, 2017
    chrisk
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman is a Christian novel set in 1791 Mississippi along the Natchez Trace.

    Isabella Bartholomew came to Natchez looking for a carpenter to rebuild the wing of Breeze Hill damaged in a fire. Her father was also severely burned and still recovering. She purchases the indenture of Connor OShea with the terms being that he will receive passage for his four brothers from Ireland at the completion of the work. He soon learns there is more to the story than just an accidental fire; the cotton crop was destroyed by the fire and finances are very strained. He and Isabella also become closer and he is torn about his feelings for her as she is the mistress of the plantation. Is someone out to destroy Breeze Hill and why? Can Isabella and Connor save the plantation?

    Pam Hillman is an excellent story teller and this one does not disappoint. The characters are described in detail and come to life on the page; the bad guys are truly evil and I was concerned when Isabella was in their presence. There are many twists and turns to the story; I couldnt put it down wondering what secrets would be revealed next. Who can be trusted? Who has the most to gain by taking over Breeze Hill? Can being kind to strangers be dangerous? All of these questions are answered and some in very unexpected ways. I do have to admit the ending left me with some questions and I wonder if a sequel may be in the works. This book is a definite 5 of 5 stars. Everyone who enjoys Christian novels will not want to miss this one!

    I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful Must Read
    August 20, 2017
    Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A powerful must read! It is written about a time in our history in the South. I fell in love with the characters. I loved the whole plot and especially the inspirational thread throughout the book. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
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