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This was my first book from Michelle Griep, and I'm so glad I read it! I loved all the characters, which is a rarity for me. Both the hero and the heroine quickly latched on to my heart and didn't let go until the book concluded. It was a heartwarming, gripping tale of loss, love, and redemption.
Eleanor Morgan has fled to the colonies, bound for servitude to a family her previous employer has recommended. On the way, she loses the money she needs to contact him, and instead she is sold to another man who quickly makes her his wife in name only - Samuel Heath. Samuel is a single half-Cherokee father, having a very difficult time raising his daughter in the backwoods, and he is determined to have a white wife to teach his daughter properly. He gets more than he bargained for in Eleanor, and his heart may be in more danger now than ever before.
I loved Samuel! He was one of the best heroes I have read in long time, with his gruff yet gentle manner, and his ability to acknowledge when he is wrong. He has a heart, and it shows in every action he takes. Eleanor is perfect for him, but from past experiences, she is very shy of men in general, especially Samuel. It takes her a while to even call him by his name, but when she does, their love blossoms. It was such a joy to see it happen, and their love became what I was rooting for.
The Christian element in the story was subtle yet powerful. It was a warm breeze on a chilly day, letting you know it's there and life will get better. Both Eleanor and Samuel let God guide their actions, and it was a lovely thing to watch.
I can't wait to read more books by this author! She will definitely be one I watch and look forward to reading.