Night’s chill tickled her skin. Lonnie pressed her hands together and glanced up. He was even more handsome up close. Having grown up the shy, awkward daughter of Joel Sawyer, she’d hardly spoken to any boy, let alone the one who had mothers whispering warnings in their daughter’s ears and fathers loading shotguns.
Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent, used to fading into the background within her family, and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian hills. Though her family is poor and her father abusive, she clings to a quiet faith.  But when handsome ladies’ man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate.

Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideon—a man she barely knows and does not love. Equally frustrated and confused by his new responsibilities, Gideon yearns for a fresh start, forcing  Lonnie on an arduous journey away from her home in Rocky Knob.

Her distant groom can’t seem to surrender his rage at the injustice of the forced matrimony or give Lonnie any claim in his life.  What will it take for Gideon to give up his past, embrace Lonnie’s God, and discover a hope that can heal their two fractured hearts?

Gideon only ever cared about himself. Now that Lonnie is his wife, will he ever be worthy of her heart?

My Comments:  I had a little trouble initially engaging with this book, but I am very glad that I stuck with it.  This is another historical romance with a setting of a place in the USA that I am not very familiar with, Appalachia.  The story takes us back to shotgun weddings, with parents having complete control over  their daughters.  Lonnie is an amazing young woman.  Gideon is your typical arrogant, handsome young man.  The two do not seem to make a likely match, however, the story works its magic and Gideon grows up.  God and faith is woven throughout the story.  He plays an integral roll in the book.

Once I got “into” the story I became completely engaged and invested in the situation.  My emotions again became involved – laughter, tears, anger, etc.  I like stories that engage my emotions, I am not usually a crier and find this a much needed release.  I look forward to the other books in this series.

I received this e-book free of charge through the WaterMark Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are totally my own.

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