Tag Archive | Kentucky

“Magnolia Creek” by Jill Marie Landis

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.


“Her Secret” by Shelley Shepard Gray

Shelley Shepard Gray begins a new series, The Amish of Hart County with “Her Secret”.  Hannah Hilty and her family, mother, father, brother and sister, have been forced to move from their home in Ohio to a small town, Munfordville, Kentucky.  Their reason for selling out and moving is to get away from someone who is stalking Hannah.  Some in the family think that Hannah is over reacting to notes, flowers and unwanted gifts.  However, the stalker was getting more brazen and scary.  Hannah’s brother and sister, especially, are having problems adjusting to a smaller town with all that small towns bring with them.  Hannah does not venture out unless it is necessary.  She is a virtual prisoner in her own home because of her fear of being the target of the stalker again, when she befriends a young man who is her neighbor.  She is trying to let herself become her own person again and not be afraid of her own shadow.  However, things start happening to make her think that her pursuer is back.  She knows who it is and she seems to think that he has followed her and her family to their new location.  She is not mistaken though, and her fears increase as the stalker comes closer and closer to her.  She has to decide whether or not to let him take over her life or overcome her fears and choose to let people into her life who can help her.

I thought that this was a really good Amish thriller.  It didn’t take me long to read it because I enjoyed it so much.  I received a print copy of this book from Litfuse.com in return for my honest review.