I love a good story and this one did not disappoint. Melanie’s brother needs money for his plantation, so he arranges a marriage for her with a wealthy man. Melanie is sincere in her faith and refuses to disobey God’s word. She speaks her mind when necessary and she doesn’t hesitate to defend the defenseless. Lott is rich and wants a devoted and obedient wife. Lucas is a great investor and has amassed a fortune. He is also a wounded former military man and a hermit. Toby is her much-loved, childhood friend who would do anything to see Melanie have her happily-ever-after. Who will she end up marrying? I loved the hero of this story. It all felt real. And I had a hard time putting this book down.
When Melanie Carter’s older brother decides she’s to marry Lott Jenkins, a wealthy man who has the reputation of being harsh and unbearable, she knows her life has just started on a downward spiral. However, she’s determined to trust that God wouldn’t want her with such a man and tries to make the best of the awful situation. At a masquerade ball in Edenton, she meets a rather mysterious man dressed as a knight, and she can’t forget him.
Lucas Hall can’t forget Melanie either, but he might as well. Once she sees the hideously scarred side of his face, she’d be repulsed like everyone else. That’s why he wears a mask whenever he goes out, which isn’t often. He wouldn’t have gone to the masquerade ball if his housekeeper hadn’t tricked him into going. Now he’s haunted by a scene he saw between Lott Jenkins and Melanie. No woman should ever be treated with such disregard, but what can he do? If he tried to help, they’d take one look at him, and he’d be no help at all.
Janice Cole Hopkins grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina with a love of history and heritage. She often says she lived much as the people did in historical times. Twelve of her novels are historical, and five of those are set in the Appalachian Mountains. She majored in history and English in college and holds a master’s degree. She had written for magazines for years but didn’t begin her first novel until she became her mother’s caregiver. She published her first novel four and a half years ago and now has twenty-one with more on the way.
January 19, 2022