Ada Wentworth may be young, but she’s seen enough of life to know she can only rely on herself. Everyone including God it seems, has let her down. Having lost her family, her fiance, and her fortune, Ada journeys from Boston to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee, to take a position as a lady’s companion. Though initially charmed by the pretty little Southern town tucked into the foothills of the great Smokies, Ada plans to stay only until she can earn enough to establish a millinery shop.
Her employer, Wyatt Caldwell, the local lumber mill owner, is easily the kindest, most attractive man Ada has met in Hickory Ridge. He believes Providence has brought her to town and into his life. But how, after so many betrayals, can she ever trust again? Besides, Wyatt has a dream of his own. A dream that will one day take him far from Hickory Ridge.
As the South struggles to heal in the aftermath of the Civil War, one woman must let go of her painful past in order to embrace God’s plans for her. Can she trust Him, and Wyatt, with her future and her heart?
REVIEW: Ada Wentworth is a strong young woman left alone in the world to fend for herself. She travels to another state to be a companion to an elderly woman. Thinking she would be part of a large household, she is somewhat taken aback when she finds she is the “chief cook and bottle washer” of the household. Her deep religious beliefs blends in well with the town’s people, yet some of the women are not very welcoming as she has caught the eye of her employer.
Ada has a great talent as a hat maker that she learned from her mother and uses this talent to make hats in her spare time for women of the town and to earn extra money. Life in Tennessee is quite different from her hometown in Boston so she has to learn to adapt to that. Her efforts at befriending some of the black population angers many of the town’s people against the black community.
This is certainly a satisfying read and one that keeps you on the edge wondering what her future will hold.
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