Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Twenty-three year old Rebecca Taylor is on her way to the Oregon Territory to start a new life. With the death of both parents she and her siblings, her twin brother Ben, 21 year old sister Charlotte, six year old Carrie Ann and fourteen year old Peter have sold everything they had to find a house and property. The trip is six months travelling around ten miles a day, thank god I didn’t live in the 1850’s. Rebecca and Ben raised Carrie Ann since their mother died giving birth and their father drank himself to death.
When they finally arrive and after spending six months on top of each other they came out of it alive and well and Rebecca makes her first stop the bank hoping that she can find a house sooner rather than later, a roof over head and a floor under their feet after their long travel is all she wants right now and thankfully she gets it. It is a large three story house with a lot of land but the house is in need of major repair so Rebecca hires Ian Stanford a local carpenter.
Ian is the father of twin boys the same age as Carrie Ann but fifteen months ago his wife was killed and the money for their property stolen. Now he and the boys live in a run down shack and he makes a deal with Rebecca, he will work for her if he and the boys can live at the house while the work is being done, a deal she readily agrees to since she finds herself very attracted to her new employee.
When Silas Fletcher the owner of a lumber mill and one of the richest men in town comes courting Rebecca agrees to go out with him in spite of Ian’s insistence that she stays away from him. It was Silas who took his property from him and Ian is not the only one that he has destroyed. Rebecca decides to take a chance but it doesn’t take long before she realizes that Silas is a monster and everything that Ian described. She also has fallen in love with Ian and refuses to marry anyone she doesn’t love.
If like me you are a fan of Ms. Woolf’s books then you know that the men in her stories swear they can never love and the women in the stories only want love. There is a lot at stake for Ian finding his wife’s killer and providing for his two boys and Rebecca dreaming of having a husband and children of her own. Another beautiful love story filled with suspense and amazing characters.