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Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family’s Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land.
Pinkerton agent and former Union cavalryman Levi Riggins is investigating a series of robberies and sabotage linked to the impoverished Daughtry plantation. Posing as a hotel management agent for the railroad, he tells Selah he’ll help her save her home, but only if it is converted into a hotel. With Selah otherwise engaged with renovations, Levi moves onto the property to “supervise” while he actually attends to his real assignment right under her nose.
This was my first read from Beth White and is the first read in the Daughtry House series. I love starting series from book 1 because I don’t miss a single moment of the story. White has a wonderful writing style that brings readers to the edge of their seats. It started slowly, But I quickly became entwined in the story as the pace picked up and the characters bloomed. The characters are well developed and relatable. I love that the love story sprouted over time and lingers. It offers ahonest slice of history as well that really makes this story stand out. Readers will not be disappointed!
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