Ada Wentworth is a Yankee from Boston who has lost everything. With her parents no longer alive, a broken romance and no money, she moves to the small town of Hickory Ridge, Tennessee post Civil War to take care of the elderly Mrs. Lillian. She answered an ad in the newspaper and had no idea what she was getting into until she arrived. Although she made friends, many of the citizens in the small town were not happy that a Yankee had moved into their town and they found ways to make her life difficult. There were many political tensions and the Klan was active in punishing anyone who showed compassion to "the coloreds." While caring for Mrs. Lillian, Ada begins to fall for Wyatt Caldwell, Lillian's nephew who is also Ada's boss. Ada is forced to deal with issues of trust and forgiveness in her past so that she can learn to love again.
This was the first book I read on my new Kindle and I enjoyed it immensely. I had a difficult time putting it down, once I started reading. The characters and scenes were so vivid that I felt like I was really there. I wanted to befriend sweet Ada and walk in Mrs. Lillian's garden with them. The town was quite charming as were many of the people and I loved to hate those that were hateful to Ada. I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading historical fiction or romance stories.
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