Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of her family owning slaves. When her wealthy grandfather dies during the Civil War, leaving his slaves and estate to Therese's widowed mother, Therese flees to Richmond. There she works as a tutor by day and a nurse by night. But when trouble befalls her family, how can she reconcile her duty and beliefs? And where does James Talbot—a long-time family friend—fit in her broken world?
Virginia, present day
After years of substance abuse, Nicole Talbot's life is back on track. She's found work at an equestrian therapy center and returned to college with the help of her wealthy grandmother—but that help comes at a price. Nicole must decide between honoring her bargain and doing what she knows is right, even if that could mean losing her new start, her family's trust, and a future with her handsome boss.
Oh boy. Another book that makes me need/want to read the prior books. Not only to help make more sense of the story-line (my fault, I knew this signing up for this review) but because it was so good. I loved how the story went from historic 1864 Virginia to Virginia present day and how the two stories are connected through history and family that flow into one story. This story was full of action, mystery, and a few plot twists that I did not suspect. Yes, the story starts out a bit slow for my liking, but I am glad I hung on because it gets good. I admired Theresa and her values even though they contradicted the cultural norm of that time.I can't wait to read the first two books in this series!