ISBN # 978-0-06-203265-2
January 29, 2013
Rating: 3 Cups
Mariah Cooper is desperate to get away from her life in Philadelphia. Her mother is a strict taskmaster who never tempers her beatings with love of any kind. Mariah works nonstop as a seamstress in her mother’s dress shop with nary a moment to live a life of her own. When an epic squabble causes Mariah to seek shelter with her aunt, she knows she must change her circumstances or be miserable forever.
Logan Yates is perfectly happy with his life on the Rancho Destiny in California. Unfortunately his stepmother Alanza sees things quite differently. Declaring her eldest son to be a pig living in a sty, she places an ad in a Philadelphia newspaper, hoping to find a housekeeper for Logan. Arguing with Alanza is useless, but Logan is confident he can chase off whatever female is desperate enough to take such a job.
From the moment he picks her up at the train station, Logan is flabbergasted by Mariah’s sharp tongue and no-nonsense attitude. It takes the startling Philadelphia beauty no time at all to put Logan’s home and life in order. Women like Mariah are hard to come by out west, and she soon has admirers aplenty. A life-changing relationship was never in Logan’s plan, but there is no way he is going to let this woman slip through his fingers.
Beverly Jenkins writes memorable characters that fit perfectly into the historical setting of African American culture. Her research is meticulous, the information insightful and fascinating. Though the story seems almost predictable in certain areas, it is well paced and engaging. Lovers of traditional historic romance looking for a comfortable book to read in an afternoon will want to snap this one up.
Reviewer for Coffeetime Romance & More