Defying her formal, austere father, Jemma follows her grandfather's advice to have an adventure just once in her life. She escapes into the Louisiana woods of 1816. Her guide is Hunter, a moral but human man who sees through Jemma's lies, but falls in love with her anyway.
Two girls meet in the dark and switch places. The other girl ends up in "Day Dreamer." This is the other girl's story. Jemma is on the run and finds happiness in a place she did not expect. Jemma and Hunter are good together and their interaction and dialog engaging. You want to strangle him 3/4 into the book : ) but he figures things out in the end. You know who will end up "happily ever after" but you enjoy how they get there and I particularly liked the ending. Jemma is entertaining and her reliance on the Saints very amusing. This book is well written and a great read.
After her father announces that he has arranged her marriage to a complete stranger, Jemma decides it's time to make her own decisions and live her own life. So, she runs away into the darkness of New Orleans and hires Hunter Boone to escort her north to Kentucky and to the adventure she always wanted.
Enjoyable historical romance. My rating: 4 Stars.
I read Day Dreamer first and am glad I did. This is the story of the rich girl who traded places with the woman she grabbed out side the cathedral.
Wanting a life of adventure like her grandfather's stories spoke of she changes places and finds herself headed out of New Orleans with a man she paid to take her north. This story draws you in and you will laugh and cry and just enjoy the story.
Just once, Jemma would like to be free to find her own destiny. Just once she would like to know love; but her father has chosen a wealthy young man for her to marry and Jemma has no choice but to travel to New Orleans to meet her groom.
Once Jemma learns that her betrothed has died, however, she seizes the opportunity to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Exchanging cloaks with a young woman in a cathedral, Jemma walks away into the night and straight into frontiersman Hunter Boone's life.
Hunter rescues the strange young woman, never knowing that this one act of kindness will bring him so much trouble. A man who likes his freedom and independence, Hunter agrees to escort Jemma to his trading post and then see her safely to Canada.
Her adventure begins on the trail as Jemma learns what it means to "rough it," and life becomes more exciting when she is captured by Indians and must be rescued by Hunter, who refuses to sell her to her captor. Things only get better when Hunter teaches her how to kiss, and when they reach his home in Sandy Shoals her life seems to be better still.
Hunter's family and friends bring Jemma into their lives and he finally allows her into his heart. But soon Jemma will have to make a choice and just once sacrifice her dreams to allow Hunter to discover his own.
The irresistable lure of the Bad Boy vs. The Bot Daddy Wants For Her.... Any mystery which way she goes???
This book goes with Day Dreamer and is the story of Jemma, the rich girl who changes places with another girl to save herself from an arranged marriage. Jemma escapes with little money and runs into Hunter Boone and somehow talks him into taking her north. Jemma learns that there is more to life than money. This is a good story, but I definitely enjoyed Day Dreamer more. Set in the US in the early 1800s.
This is a very likable story that is just too predictable. Jemma and Hunter are evenly matched and the dialogue between them is enough to make a reader smile. This is the second of three books in the Louisiana Series:
Jemma is the wealthy woman who switches places at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans (in Day Dreamer). This story has the saints as background characters in the story and Ms. Landis had a great time using them to perfection. 3.5 stars
From the back cover...
Jemma is betrothed to a rich and handsome man. The kind of man every father likes. She has everything a girl could ever want-except the right to choose her own true love. So one night, she disappears into the sultry darkness of New Orleans-and meets the kind of man every father fears.
Jemma knows better than to approach a man like Hunter Boone, but she's willing to risk everything for a chance at happiness...