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Publisher Description

The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly Jenkins’s compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War . . .

Valinda Lacey’s mission in the steamy heart of New Orleans is to help the newly emancipated community survive and flourish. But soon she discovers that here, freedom can also mean danger. When thugs destroy the school she has set up and then target her, Valinda runs for her life—and straight into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq.

As an architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake has a deeply personal interest in rebuilding the city. Raised by strong women, he recognizes Valinda’s determination. And he can’t stop admiring—or wanting—her. But when Valinda’s father demands she return home to marry a man she doesn’t love, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue.

Kim Staunton
hr min
May 28

Customer Reviews

Ms Shy Town ,

Unexpectedly disappointing

I have been reading Beverly Jenkins since I was in the 6th grade and I’m in my mid 30’s now! She is a magnificent writer!!! She has yet to disappoint... until now. 😔

I have always read the books and listened to the audiobooks on the Audible Romance Package later. This time, I’m super busy so I bought the audiobook first. It’s hard making it through the book because the accents are really distracting. Also, when reading dialogue from characters the narrator seems to speak very slowly, as if she’s thinking too hard about the voices. It’s really driving me nuts and I’m not going to finish the audiobook.

I purchased the book and I’m sure I’ll get caught up in the story that way. I wish Apple would refund my money because this audiobook literally is like torture.

Also... I was looking forward to seeing Zahra again and I have yet to hear her mentioned.

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