Hillman’s Natchez Trace series (The Road to Magnolia Glen, 2018) concludes with the story of deserter-turned-defender Caleb O’Shea. Fleeing his family in disgrace, Caleb never imagined his wayward life at sea would lead to working with his long-lost brother in a Mississippi River logging venture. When the brothers’ plans reignite trouble amid the murderous river pirates wreaking havoc on locals, Caleb joins forces with an unlikely ally, Alanah Adams, whose protective ruse posing as an insane healer cannot hide her beauty. In a fierce battle for territory, the two find themselves fighting for their homes, their families, and one another. Hillman transports readers to the lawless river valley and marshes of Natchez, Mississippi, in 1792. Enhanced by an attention to historical detail and a network of fascinating characters struggling to defend their loved ones at all cost, Hillman’s novel creates inspiring interplay between forces of forgiveness and retribution. Underscored by loyalty and valor, this suspenseful finale features elements intrinsic to the series, such as frightening villains, chivalrous men, and courageous heroines.