Mass Market Paperback
Rating: 4 Cups
Clover may be tiny but she is very strong and determined. She was raised a lady and is well educated and well spoken. Her family depends on her and the little beauty is not going to let them down, even if she has been.
Ballard McGregor is tall, handsome, and successful. He is a self made man who emigrated from Scotland and now breeds quality horses. He lives in Kentucky and there are few women in the area suitable for marriage. He is at a time in his life where this is important.
Ballard has come to Pennsylvania to find a cultured and well educated bride. His first choice did not work out. Clover has just been jilted by a man who cared more for money than he cared for her. Her family is now in desperate circumstances due to her father’s poor investments and subsequent suicide. She desperately needs a husband, and Ballard McGregor fits the bill nicely. They are not in love but they like and respect each other and can build on that. A new life far from her hometown sounds very nice right now.
I really enjoyed this story. Ballard and Clover and well matched and their growing relationship is very enjoyable to read about. The author does a good job of describing both a bustling post Revolution seaport and rural Kentucky. The contrast between the two was fascinating. I also enjoyed the subplot of Clover’s mother and her long lost love Colin. The plot also has an element of suspense and Clover’s former fiancé makes a wonderful villain. Fans of historical romance and Ms. Howell are going to love this story as much as I did.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More