Jessica Whitman dreams of escaping her abusive father and being united with her mothers family in Baltimore. When she meets Noah Reardon, a pioneer who planted a settlement on family land between Watauga and Nashville, she figures he is her ticket out of Tennessee Territory.

Noah is a godly man whose dreams of planting the perfect Christian settlement fall apart. Against his better judgment, he defends Jessica from her fathers cruel taunts. Bitter over a broken engagement, he has no intention of becoming romantically involved with Jessica, but she is vulnerable, honest, and so in need of a valiant knight to whisk her away to Baltimore.

This second book in the Reardon Brothers series is slowly paced, but the romance is sweet and the female protagonist endearing. Fans should enjoy this charming novel. (Jul., 300 pp., $9.99)

Reviewed by: 
Roberta Blair