Carolyn Davidson, as always, wields her pen with polished grace. My problem with this novel: It is about so little. It felt more like a soap opera: Will returns home and the family adjusts to that; Josie comes home and the family gathers around her with their support, Cassie lies and eventually makes her peace with her error.
I've read the 5 star evaluations given this book and realize this novel just didn't speak to me. Perhaps I wasn't in a receptive turn of mind at the time I read the story.
Cassie's mother has just died and Cassie's stepfather has been waiting for this moment to make a move on the daughter. In a scuffle, Cassie stabs her stepfather, knowing his intentions.
Cassie has been running and finally collapses on the bank of a river. A young man accosts her while he is giving his horse a rest and some water. Will realizes he cannot leave Cassie in the wilds and takes her with him to his home.
If only given three words to describe this novel, I would call it "a gentle romance."
Cassie Phillips wasn't really married to Will Tolliver, no matter what he told people. Not that being the wife of a man as kind and thoughtful as Will wouldn't be a dream come true. But even Will would abandon her once he learned what she was running from. (back cover)
Cassie Phillips wasn't really married to Will Tolliver,no matter what he told people.Not that being the wife of a man as kind and thoughful as Will wouldn't be a dream come true.But even Will would abandon her once he learned what she was running from.
Cassie Phillips and Will Tolliver was not really married, no matter what he told people. Will was a kind and thoughtful man and Cassie was the kind of girl you took home to mother. But even Will would abandon her once he learned what she was running from. Will never expected in order to protect her he'd have to tell a lie that could get them both in a lot of trouble. Especially if he could'nt convince Cassie that marrying him was the right thing to do.