THE ROAD TO MAGNOLIA GLEN
This second Natchez Trace novel is full of romance, faith and heroes as Colonial Mississippi comes alive under Hillman’s richly drawn details. The emotional theme is timely for the historical setting as well as today’s world, and readers will be riveted to the story from start to finish. From the O’Shea brothers to the Young sisters to the people of Natchez and Breeze Hill, vivid characters leap off the page with layered backstories and compelling roles to play. Both protagonists are authentically flawed and relatable, and their romance is sweet and passionate. Quinn O’Shea is all kinds of swoony and heroic — even just in small ways, which are perhaps the most important. Kiera is courageous and resourceful, possessing an inner strength and kindness that serves her well throughout the novel’s events. Fans of the first book will enjoy visiting with several returning characters as well, including Connor and Isabella!
Kiera Young and her two younger sisters have been shipped off from Ireland to the colonies by their half-sister Charlotte’s husband. Believing she has been promised to Pierre Le Bonne in marriage, Kiera disembarks the ship to some startling and sinister news. Quinn O’Shea has brought his two younger brothers to Mississippi, intending to deliver them to their brother Connor and then set off on his own adventures — adventures he’s been denied while caring for the family after Connor abandoned them in Ireland. But now, seeing the danger that Kiera and her sisters face, he can’t leave them without help and offers to take them with him to Breeze Hill. As his feelings for Kiera grow from protector to something more, he must decide whether to seek freedom in the unknown or surrender to the adventure of winning her heart. (TYNDALE HOUSE, Jun., 448 pp., $14.99)