by Janet Quinn

May 2005
ISBN: 1-59279-111-5
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When Cooperís little boy comes across a bedraggled looking woman at the riverís edge he calls for his father to rescue her. She managed to swim ashore after falling from a riverboat but after hitting her head she has no recollection of her past.

This is a fascinating story full of plot twists and revelations. Becki, as Cooper names the young woman, is a mystery but fits in with Cooperís small family. He is a widower with two small children and Maura, a former slave, and her son who helps to run the small farm look them after.

The subject of slaves is always a tough one for me, but with any historical it can of course be part of the story depending on where it is set and the time period. Janet Quinn handles the subject with deep insight and she uses her hero as a man who believes in giving his slaves their freedom and treating them as his family.

The plot is filled with tension and really grips the reader as Cooper and Becki set out to discover her background and what caused her to fall from the ship. They have many dangers to face, but with the help of Cooperís extended family and the love that is growing between them, they feel they can conquer anything that they have to, to get to the truth.

I loved the way the author handles the characters and how she continually brings out new facets to the characters as the book progresses. Janet Quinn has a great talent and her books are an essential read for historical readers. If you want a good book for your PDA this summer treat yourself to this e-book you wonít be disappointed.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Mary.

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