With the War Between the States over, weary Confederate Captain Jake Taylor returns to his Texas home, looking forward to starting anew away from the violence. On a trip to San Antonio, Indians attack him, leaving Jake for dead. While lying in dirt, he looks up to see a gold "halo" angel peering down at him.
With the American Civil War over, the German Mueller family crossed the ocean hoping to leave behind the scandal caused by daughter Erica. When the golden haired Erica finds Jake seemingly lifeless on the dirt, she sees him as a form of atonement. As she nurtures Jake back to health, the nurse and the patient fall in love. However, Jake has to overcome her strict parents' objection to a non-German son-in-law and persuade his beloved that whatever her dark secret is he will love her forever even when the shame of the past arrives with a vengeance.
The contrast of cultures between nineteenth century German culture and the more commonly used in romance tales Texan makes MIDNIGHT SATIN a fabulous refreshing Reconstruction romance. The story line focuses on the relationship and growing love between the former Confederate officer who has his traumas to deal with and the newly arrived "disgraced German lass who feels her fall from grace makes her unworthy of the man she loves. Erica's family adds depth as they object to the Texan, but while doing so they enable fans to compare the old world to the new. Laurie Grant (fitting surname for a Reconstruction Era author) furbishes a delightful romance with a strong cast that brings to life post Civil War Texas.