This is book #2 in the Tucker Mills Trilogy.
Through a hard turn of events, Reese Thackery has become an indentured servant. When the owner of her contract dies, the bank has rights to her fate. Conner Kingsley, the son of the banks owner, comes to Tucker Mills to investigate and soon releases Reese from obligation and hires her to keep house for him.
Reese is grateful for freedom but unsure of her other feelings for Conner. Yet, as her emotional hurts heal, and her faith blossoms, Reese allows herself to trust someone for the first time. But will Conner do the same?
When love at first sight is not the case, can shared faith and restoration grow from a whisper of understanding into a proclamation of love?
This is a great read. I cant wait to read the 3rd book in the series.
Tucker Mills Trilogy is a WONDERFUL series! Easy reading with a great Christian setting.
Great book. Can't wait to read another in the series.
LOVED THIS book. Page turner!
Second in the Tucker Mills Trilogy, this is the story of Reese Thackery Conner Kingsley.
I alwys like Lori Wick. This story is about a young girl indentured servant whose master dies.
Great story. A little unpredictable.
I really enjoyed this story. It was my favorite out of the trilogy. Reese and Conner's relationship seemed real and you could see the progression of time in the story.
Love stories make me want to do nothing but read. This is the second entry in the very pleasant Tucker Mills trilogy by Christian romance author Lori Wick, and it's an improvement over the first, but the story drags along at times due to the sheer number of characters Wick tries to balance in the plot.
The plot concerns an indentured servant named Reese Thackery (her middle name is a joke between her and her intended), whose "contract" is bought by the bank as part of a debt reassignment when her previous owner dies suddenly. A quick glance at Wikipedia tells us that "Indentures could not marry without the permission of their owner, were subject to physical punishment (like many young ordinary servants), and saw their obligation to labor enforced by the courts. To ensure uninterrupted work by the female servants, the law lengthened the term of their indenture if they became pregnant. But unlike slaves, servants were guaranteed to be eventually released from bondage. At the end of their term they received a payment known as "freedom dues" and become free members of society. One could buy and sell indentured servants' contracts, and the right to their labor would change hands, but not the person as a piece of property."
The bank manager, Mr. Jenness, buys Reese's contract and asks her to visit his house and work there, much to the consternation of his wife, Lily. Their teenage son, Gerald, falls head over heels in crush with her, but she rebuffs his advances. Later, Mr. Jenness learns that the bank owners, the Kingsleys, will be coming to town to look over the books and he uncharacteristically leaves his place of work and home, and generally behaves in a suspicious manner.
The problem with Mr. Jenness' behavior is that there's no payoff later. There's no evidence he did anything wrong. He's not a real villain in any sense of the word, and the book really needs some sort of drama or conflict to keep it from being too boring. Meanwhile, Connor Kingsley arrives with Troy, and immediately asks for Reese to be freed from her contract. She begins working for them, and slowly she and Connor (whose voice is a raspy whisper due to a childhood trauma) fall for each other.
The other denizens of Tucker Mills have their own stories interwoven into each book in the trilogy. Jace and Maddie, the protagonists of the first book, are newly married and pregnant, and are beginning to study the Bible with Pastor Muldoon. Doyle and Cathy Shephard are also studying the Bible, and Doyle has many questions about eternal salvation which, to a non-religious reader, is pretty boring.
Connor and Reese's story resembles the fairy tale of Cinderella closely and it's a sweet, easy read.
Book 2 in the Tuc will become alliesker Mills Trilogy. A beautiful love story in the making. When her owner dies, Reese finds herself bound as an indentures servent to the Tucker Mills Bank. Things may change before the banks auditor comes into town though and when the bank manager turns vengeful, Reese and a man who could care and comfort her must become allies. Don't have to read in order to enjoy. I liked this book alot.
A tender story of the power of faith over fear and the tie that truly binds.
Book Two of the Tucker Mills Trilogy...a good stand alone book. Great message of God's love and redemption woven into the story without being to "preachy". Leaves you wanting to move to Tucker Hills to be friends with Reese, the main character. It was interesting to learn that "tea" at those times was supper, a light evening meal of leftovers or snacks b/c the main meal was dinner (lunch) a full blown meal.
Lori Wick has the uncanny ability to time and again suspend the curtain of disbelief and make you actually feel as though you are living the story,not just reading it. A tender, touching tail of over comming differences through a common faith.
Not as good as her earlier works.
Enjoyed this book very much!!