This is a very nice story leaving you feeling good. I loved the underlying message of how everything you do affects others.
This was purchased from the NY Public Library. It was actually a sweet little story...kind of reminded me of "little house on the prairie" but with just a little sex at the end.
I did'nt think this book was as good as the previous books in the series. It took me quite awhile to get into the book.
In 1890 Massachusetts, Fiona Downey is excited that Bennett College, where her father teaches history, has accepted her as a student. When she goes to tell her dad the good news, she finds her greatest moment has become her greatest nightmare as her father has died. Displaced by the college, family friend Professor Norton arranges for Fiona to teach school in rural paradise Falls, Michigan.
Fiona finds her host family quite bewildering. The older son Grayson seems quite considerate of others especially his stroke victim father while the younger son Fleming acts like a prima donna wastrel yet the mother showers her "baby" with all her love while displaying contempt towards her first born. As Fiona gets to know Gray betters, she falls in love with him and he reciprocates, but the townsfolk especially his mother warns her to stay away from him. Several years ago he allegedly ruined a girl who died aborting their child. Knowing him Fiona rejects the notion that he would not marry a lass that he ruined because though he is taciturn he is honorable; still he has never explained the incident from his perspective.
Though Flem is so odious that not even a mother could love him, somehow he incredulously pulls the wool over her eyes. Still, in spite of this, the story line is an enjoyable historical romance that brings to life the plight of single women in 1890 Michigan and to a lesser degree Massachusetts. The players except for Flem are a delightful cast as they enable the audience to see a bygone era inside a warm romance based on Fiona's faith in her man.
In 1890 Massachusetts, Fiona Downey was no ordinary young woman. She had worked hard all her life to be admitted into the prestigious college where her proud father taught - in spite of those who sniffed that it was no place for a lady. But when her father tragically dies, Fiona believes that the future she's always wanted has slipped from her grasp. Destitute, her only choice is to take a teaching job in a rural area of Michigan - populated by few farms and even fewer people. It is there that Fiona's education begins anew. Living with the Haydn family in Paradise Falls, she is drawn into their complex relationships, especially the uneasy dynamic that seems to pit brother against brother; the older, taciturn Grayson, and Fleming, a handsome charmer. Attracted to Grayson - but pursued by Fleming - Fiona is torn between her desire and her lifelong hopes. Now she must decide where her true love lies - and whether that love is worth sacrificing her dearest dreams.