Granddaughter Sara Jenkins returns to the homestead in Sweet Bay, Alabama following the death of her grandmother, Mags. Sara was raised from about age 10 by Mags after the accidental death of Sara’s parents. Sara couldn’t wait to escape her eccentric grandmother and found herself as a small business owner in New Orleans as a 20- and 30-something. Mags, though, left the Hideaway homestead to Sara to be restored and either sold or loved.
During the restoration, Sara finds details of her grandmother’s life and open a whole new perspective for her on the real story behind the eccentric Mags.
I thought the story was interesting. I was fine with how the chapters jumped around from Mags’ story to Sara’s story.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
Again Jocelyn Green offers a unique glimpse into a slice of history. New Orleans, LA is the primary setting of this story. It follows the story of imprisoned and marked (tattooed) midwife Julianne Chevalier from France to the Louisiana colony. In the early 1700s the colony grew in numbers by France sending prisoners over to populate the territory. Most of the “prisoners” that we meet in the story are victims of circumstance and not hardened criminals. Julianne lost her brother to New Orleans for soldiering years before. It is a spark of hope that she will find him in the colony when she gets there. She is forced into a marriage with Simon and we just hope she can make the best of her rotten turned to bad circumstances. Thankfully Julianne has midwife skills which give her a way to earn a living. Learn about the difficult living conditions of early Louisiana and the constant battles with the Native peoples. Root for Julianne as her value is constantly challenged.
Thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.