About the Book
Violet Hawthorne is beyond mortified when her brother Ezra turns their deceased parents' New England country inn into a brothel to accommodate the nearby lumberjacks; but when Violet's own reputation is compromised, the inn becomes the least of her worries. In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. As she prepares for a society wedding, Violet learns that her brother had staked her hand in marriage in a heated poker game with the unsavory Rowen Steele, and Ezra had lost. Now Rowen is determined to cash in on his IOU. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust and who to leave behind. (Goodreads)
While this is the fourth book in a series, I read it as a stand alone since I haven't read the others. I have to say the first few chapters moved very slowly for me and I was starting to be disappointed. And then I kept reading, and I was completely captivated. I LOVED this book and I so want to read the rest. The setting in Boston and the surrounding area is lovely but the characters really make this book what it is. Violet is a unique woman who has fallen into unexpected circumstances. Vance is really my favorite. After a wild past and pretty scandalous dealings, he has come to know the Lord. I loved this story because it was so real. Vance is a new believer and yet he still struggles, this is real folks! I loved seeing him actually trying to be a good man not just for himself but to honor God. I loved Violet's forgiveness and understanding. There is intrigue and romance and sweet simplicity in this book. I highly recommend.
"I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review."