Lily Young's search for her missing sister leads her to Harrison, MI, where she poses as a photographer's assistant and comes into contact with Connell McCormick. Connell runs three lumber camps for his father and turns a blind eye to the destruction and crime around him. Lily can't understand how he can ignore what's happening. Can she change him? And will she find her sister? VERDICT Full of period detail and engaging dialogue, Hedlund's (A Noble Groom) historical should appeal to Susan Higginbotham fans. [Page 79]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Hedlund's (The Preacher's Bride) latest historical romance is a meaty tale of life amid the debauchery of the lumber camps of 1880s Michigan. The lumber barons turn a blind eye to the moral decay that is eroding towns overrun with brothels and saloons servicing a burgeoning population of lonely, work-weary men. Lily Young plunges headlong into this violent and unforgiving environment in search of her 16-year old runaway sister. Lily tags along as assistant to Oren, a photographer who guards the orphaned girl, although she engages in more meddling than assisting. Her reckless behavior endangers not only herself but the few good townfolk aiming to help her on her foolhardy quests, including camp boss Connell McCormack. Hedlund portrays passion in tantalizing scenes. Her antagonist, the ruthless James Carr, and his exploits are based on the brutality of a real-life brothel owner who enslaved young girls during the logging boom, killing those who were not compliant. Hedlund intricately balances romance and drama, asking where the line between good and evil lies and exploring the dangers that erupt when that line becomes blurred. Hedlund's tale is exciting and unpredictable to the very end. Agent: Rachelle Gardner. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
Searching for her lost sister in Michigan logging camps, Lily Young enlists the aid of lumber heir Connell McCormick, upending his world and forcing him to confront both the corruption in his father's company and the feelings in his heart.Review by Publisher Summary 2
When Lily Young and Connell McCormick set out to save her lost sister, Lily challenges everything he thought he knew about life--and love.