This book fits the "Carla Kelly" mold perfectly. By that I mean that it had all the things I have come to expect from her writing and her books. There were no nonsense main characters, lots of historical background and a very slow growing, barely even there romance.
Lily Branson is a girl that knows heartache and disappointment yet she doesn't let it rule her life or how she treats others. Lily has spent her life at the mercy of extended family and is now, after years and years apart, being reunited with her drunken father who has a bad habit of gambling. Lily is kind yet determined to face what comes with dignity and grace. She is strong but she really is kind too. Her mixed heritage add an extra element to the whole story line.
Jack is hardworking and also very determined. He has a plan and goals. He knows what he wants. He encourages Lily to make plans as well. To me, Jack seemed more like a father to Lily than her own father. He sort of played that role a lot.
The romance in this story was so slow, it almost wasn't there at all for most of the book. When things did happen, it was in a very practical, no nonsense kind of way. The story was a good one though- one of perseverance and patience. The secondary characters were all very good and added depth and flavor to this book. It was well written and the scenes played out easily in my head. I enjoyed it quite a lot!
My thanks to Cedar Fort for allowing me to read and review this title for them. This title will be released on November 11th.