The prodigal O’Shea brother has finally arrived in this action-packed third installment of the Natchez Trace series, The Crossing at Cypress Creek by Pam Hillman!
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The Crossing at Cypress Creek by Pam Hillman (Natchez Trace book 3)
Sailing and soldiering around the world has taken Caleb O’Shea far from his native Ireland, so he never imagined that a promise to see a fellow crewman safely home would practically land him on his brother’s doorstep. After spending years away from his family, Caleb isn’t certain what kind of reception he will receive when he steps foot in Natchez, Mississippi. The one thing he knows for sure is that he won’t stay long.
Since her sister was kidnapped by river pirates six months ago, Alanah Adams has taken special care to avoid drawing attention to herself. Those living in the rough-and-tumble settlement of Cypress Creek might even think she’s addled. But when she stumbles into Caleb and his friends in Natchez, she appears to be the picture-perfect lady.
Caleb only catches glimpses of the mysterious and beautiful Alanah before she disappears. But a chance encounter with her at his brother’s logging camp near Cypress Creek leaves him uncomfortable at the thought of the young woman traversing the dangerous area alone. At a crossroads in his life, Caleb must decide whether he wants to give up the worldly adventures he’s been seeking for one closer to home.
This story is an unexpected and beautiful reflection of humanity’s spectrum from black-hearted sinfulness and indignant self-righteousness to brokenness, forgiveness, and restoration.
As much as I love the grandeur of plantations (even those undergoing massive repairs like Breeze Hill and Magnolia Lane), there is a familiarity and raw honesty about the humble dwellings near Cypress Creek. Despite (or perhaps because of) the hard work and quick wits required to survive in this area, its unique beauty shines even brighter.
Alanah and Caleb are not strangers to toil and scraping out a living in unfavorable conditions, their perseverance is awe-inspiring. Both characters possess an undeniable strength, agility, and intelligence which serves them well in the unforgiving environment. Delightful banter and attraction fills each interaction between Alanah and Caleb with sparks and warmth.
I highly recommend this series and honestly can’t wait to visit the historic Natchez Trace in person!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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