When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have nothing in common. He isn’t the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious out-of-towner’s niece and nephew, who’ve been tragically orphaned. Heartbroken for them, she accepts.
Unknown to her, William is an undercover Pinkerton agent posing as a lumber-company foreman. He’s never wanted family—his work is too dangerous. Yet as Elsie transforms his house into a home and he spends time with the children, he feels drawn to family life—and to Elsie.
As a good Christian, Elsie is troubled by William’s secrets…though she does find him intriguing. And when a sinister figure from her past arrives, Elsie and William will have to trust in faith and newfound love to protect their unlikely family from danger.
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Elsie is a small town schoolteacher with a big heart and a healthy dose of wanderlust. She is devoted to her faith and committed to her students.I admire Elise’s compassion, creativity, and impressive work ethic.
William Benton is a dedicated Pinkerton agent and new guardian of his orphaned niece and nephew. He is pretty rough around the edges in appearance and manners. William is accustomed to working and living alone. He has little to no idea how to relate to children, especially the grief-stricken variety.
When Elsie agrees to help care for the children, she and William face the challenges of living in close proximity and unusual circumstances with secrets, danger, children, and attraction.
I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through NetGalley and the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Tracey considers herself a small town gal writing small town books. An Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99! Tracey’s books have been translated into several languages. She has appeared on the award-winning Cox Cable Television show, Page One and at the famous Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC. She holds membership in Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers and Novelists Inc. Tracey writes small town, sweet and inspirational historical romances.
When not busy writing, Tracey enjoys spending time with her family and making her husband crazy with renovation projects on their 1860’s home.