Book Review: The Swindler’s Daughter by Stephenia H McGee

A surprise inheritance. A cache of family secrets. A choice that will change her life forever.

Lillian Doyle has lived her entire high-society life with her widowed mother, believing her father died long ago. But when news arrives that her estranged father only recently passed away–in jail–Lillian is startled to find that the man has left a business and all of his possessions to her, making her a rather unusual heiress.

When she goes to take possession of her father’s house in a backwoods Georgia town, the dilapidated structure is already occupied by another woman who claims it was promised to her son, Jonah. In her attempts to untangle the mess, Lillian will discover not only a family she never knew she had but a family business that is more than meets the eye–and has put a target on her back.

To discover the truth and take hold of the independence she’s always dreamed of, she’ll have to make friends with adversaries and strangers–especially Jonah, the dusty and unrefined cowboy who has secret aspirations of his own.

The book started right off with conflict and interest. I enjoyed all the insight into the main character Lillian. All her thought and dreams and how she could change her mind and think one thing and then wonder about another. She seemed very real. I also enjoyed the relationship between Jonah and Lillian, and how his mother fit into the picture. There were lots of questions and unknowns that didn’t sort themselves out until the very end. The book was full of the characters turning to God in faith and in questioning, which is something I enjoy reading in a novel. This is a new author to me and I see she has many other books. I look forward to adding some to my TBR stash.

*I received an advanced copy of this book for my honest review.