Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know–and Mrs. Goodman, Woody’s long-time housekeeper, is decisively on Woody’s side–but many in town stay far away from Lillian because of her association with the Colton family.
Lillian’s six-year-old charge, Jimmy, was there when his mother died, and he hasn’t spoken a word since. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he’ll one day feel safe enough to tell her the truth about what happened. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?
The book starts off on a somewhat violent note which I normally don’t care for. It was necessary to the storyline which made it easier for me to read.
I fell in love with Woodward Colton and his son Jimmy. They were both endearing characters. They faced such heartache and needed to piece their lives back together.
Lillian Porter and Mrs. Goodman are both strong women that are trying to help Jimmy become a happy little boy once again. Another character that was so sweet was Harry.
The authors created strong characters bound by love and a strong faith.
The setting of Angels Camp, California and the Olive Grove were interesting. The 1800’s time period was something that I enjoyed reading about, too.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.