Lael Click knows the dangers of life in the Kentucky wilderness. Even after her education back East, nothing can slate the hunger for the wild beauty and memories associated with her past. But when she returns to the country of her birth, a new set of struggles confront her.
The continual threat of Shawnee attacks, the unpredictable weather, and the precarious results of small pox add a physical strain to Lael’s emotional battles. She must choose between the love of three possible men: a married rogue, a Shawnee chief who kindled her interests during childhood, and a Scottish doctor- whose spiritual depth and gentleness stir a curiosity in her which can only be answered by the Holy Spirit.
Will temptation or the wistful promise of an outcast lead Lael’s heart astray? Will the battles from within and without end in brokenness? Or will the untamed purity of love awaken her heart to realities beyond her dreams?
This novel is beautifully written, with words as descriptive as the story itself. Emotions are ripe, both bitter and sweet – and Frantz’s use of the dialect is phenomenal. Ian Justus is a well-crafted hero, and ‘oh so easy to love’. The reader feels the turmoil and confusion inside Lael’s heart as her life explodes with heart-wrenching and hear-warming experiences. Her in inward struggle to make the ‘right’ decisions feel real and believable. My two MINOR disappointments in the book? It ended 🙂 (but not before witnessing enough kisses to do my heart good) and at times I became a bit confused with which point of view. Minor, indeed. The book was lovely and I highly recommend it.