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1792, Natchez Trace, MS
Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O’Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It’s time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.

Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.

Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother’s care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

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The enjoyable second novel in Hillman’s Natchez Trace series (after The Promise of Breeze Hill) takes readers to 1792 Mississippi. Kiera Young agrees to leave Ireland with her two younger sisters, Amelia and Megan, to marry the man chosen by her brother-in-law in Natchez, Miss. On the trip across the Atlantic, Kiera meets Quinn O’Shea, who is also traveling from Ireland. Although they don’t get along well at first, when soft-hearted Quinn arrives in America and learns that the young ladies’ brother-in-law invited them with less-than-honorable intentions, he must decide whether his plan to see the world is more important than coming to the sisters’ aid. A hint of mystery surrounding what’s actually going on in Natchez plays well with the sweet love story, though both of those take a back seat to the inspiring coming-of-age journey of Amelia. This enjoyable novel featuring two strong heroines works as both a standalone and a series entry.