A brighter future awaits--if she can escape the shadows of the past

Emily Leland sheds no tears when her abusive husband is killed in a bar fight, but what awaits her back home in Sweetwater Crossing is far from the welcome and comfort she expected. First she discovers her father has died under mysterious circumstances. Then the house where the new schoolteacher and his son are supposed to board burns, leaving them homeless. When Emily proposes turning the family home into a boardinghouse, her sister is so incensed that she leaves town.

Alone and broke, her family name sullied by controversy, Emily is determined to solve the mystery of her father's death--and to aid Craig Ferguson, despite her fears of men. The widowed schoolmaster proves to be a devoted father, an innovative teacher, and an unexpected ally. Together they must work to unmask a killer and escape the shadows of their own pasts in order to forge a brighter future.

I enjoyed getting to know all the people and the town created in the first book of this trilogy. There was a lot of turmoil and lots of things to work through for the main characters. The story came full circle and I look forward to reading the rest of the series and getting to know all the characters better. 

I wanted to feel more from the characters about how the circumstances affected them, have a more emotional connection with them. I wish there had been more character development. There was so much death in this story, and yet there wasn’t much reflection within the characters to how they processed it all. 

This was the first time I’ve read a book by Amanda Cabot and I look forward to reading others.
*I received an advanced copy of this book for my honest review.


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