Jill Marie Landis has been one of my favorite authors for many years. Any time I can read one of her books, I count myself lucky. “Magnolia Creek” is such a book. Any story based on Civil War characters is usually a favorite of mine. Sara Collier Talbot has returned to Magnolia Creek, Kentucky as a young war widow who was duped by a Yankee officer, left town with him and became pregnant. He left her then, unmarried with a child. She decides to go home. The Collier family is a rough and tumble bunch, making their living during the war selling moonshine. Sara’s father was not welcoming to his daughter and hit her when she tried to see her family, called her a slut and told her to leave. She has no choice at this point, but to go to the home of her dead husband and hope that his sister Louzanna will take pity on her and her child.
Dr. Dru Talbot has been declared killed in battle, but in reality he is still alive and making his way to Magnolia Creek too. He has no idea of the trouble Sara has had and only looks forward to a loving reunion with her. When he finds out about the baby, which is not his, he spurns her, not forgiving her and telling her he no longer loves her.
The whole town of Magnolia Creek turns their back on Sara, not even acknowledging her presence nor that of her little girl. When yellow fever makes its appearance in the town, Dr. Talbot needs help taking care of his patients. Since Sara has had the disease, she volunteers unselfishly to help the townspeople. Even then, someone is out to kill her. She is attacked and left for dead. Will she ever be reunited with Dru as husband and wife and live the life they started before the war? You will have to read this book to find out.
Once again Ms. Landis has written a wonderful love story, a fine historical romance. I’m looking forward to more from her.
I downloaded a free Kindle copy from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.