Tessa Taylor accepts a teaching position for children of miners in remote northern Michigan, eager to escape a past of which she is not proud. The town is not expecting a female teacher, but the town’s chief clerk Percival Updegraff agrees to allow her to stay on temporarily. Tessa is grateful and immediately throws herself into the task of educating the poor and uneducated children and their families. Her passion draws the notice of more than one parent, including both the handsome father and suave uncle of two students, who think Ms. Taylor would be the perfect match for their family. As Tessa is confronted with a decision of the heart, she is also forced to face past fears. And danger is lurking among the mines, making her choice to stay one that may have dangerous consequences.
I love the characters in all of Jody Hedlund’s books. They possess such a deep complexity combined with a refreshing sense of honor that makes me fall in love with them. The setting of this particular novel was also interesting to read. The historical details of the miners and the dynamics of social strata were both fascinating and also a bit troubling, giving me a new perspective on the harsh conditions of the early 1870s. The introduction of multiple love interests made the romance exciting and some unexpected twists meant the novel was not predictable. Overall, I enjoyed multiple aspects of this novel and highly recommend it!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.