STORY: The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?
Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.
General Seamus Ogilvy has been fighting in the Revolutionary War. He has come home to be with his wife, Anne, who has had a very difficult time giving birth to their daughter, Lily Cate. The doctor told Seamus that due to the difficult birth, Anne should never again have a baby. It was with a heavy heart that Seamus returned to the war leaving his wife and infant daughter behind at his estate, Tall Acre.
When Seamus returns, his daughter is now age five and his wife, Anne, has passed away from a fever. Lily Cate has been living with Anne’s sister and husband who don’t want Seamus to take her. They feel she needs both a father and a mother. However, Seamus takes her home to Tall Acre and works to get his home and 5,000 acres of land back to being profitable again.
Next door to Tall Acre is a smaller estate called Three Chimneys. Sophie Menzies resides there with an elderly housekeeper. Trying to grow enough food to eat, her life is very difficult. She hopes that her brother will return from the war but she has not heard from him in a very long time. Her mother passed away some years ago and her father abandoned them and returned to Edinburgh Scotland. Sophie has found that since taxes have not been paid on the property in a number of years, the government is preparing to confiscate and sell it.
Seamus asks for Sophie’s help to stay with Lily Cate while he travels. This is perfect for them because Sophie and Lily Cate love each other. Being at Tall Acre is so good for Sophie because she finally has enough food to eat and the house is warm. Teaching Lily Cate is something she enjoys but she feels that she wants to stay at Three Chimneys as long as she can still hoping her brother will return home and their home can be fixed up and made profitable again. So, a friend of Sophie’s is hired to be Lily Cate’s governess.
Seamus enjoys having Sophie around and while he would like to marry her, he thinks her heart belongs to someone else. Who could that be? They become good friends and Seamus depends upon Sophie for many things. Can they ever become more than just friends?
This story is written to show the effects of war not only on the soldiers but their families as well. We learn about the estate of Tall Acre and that Seamus has given his slaves freedom and hired those that wish to stay for wages. We learn about the various methods used to make Tall Acre a profitable place. Not only that, but there is a danger that lurks and someone is threatening harm.
I have enjoyed many of Laura Frantz’s novels and highly recommend this one too.
Connie for b2b
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