Tessa Taylor is running from her past and trying to make a new start in a northern Michigan mining town. The mining town boss, unscrupulous Percival Updegraff, makes that tricky for Tessa. She finds an ally in brothers Alex and Michael Bjorklund who are two of few people in town NOT employed by Percival.
Tessa made some mistakes in her youth (from Jody’s book Hearts Made Whole) and she is bound and determined to change her course with her teaching career in the mining town.
I thought Tessa was a well-developed character. Though I encountered her in the aforementioned Hearts Made Whole, it wasn’t necessary to know that story to read this story.
Jody always does a great job with the development of the time period of which she writes. In addition to weaving an enjoyable story about Tessa and her experiences, the reader also learns about life in northern Michigan in 1871.
Thanks to Jody and Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words. I really enjoyed the book.