Lettie Mason, a proper yet headstrong Boston schoolteacher, journeyed to a small Louisiana town after the Civil War to expose the wretched rogue who'd killed her brother. The man was known as Thorn--a man with a reputation for both murder and mercy. She was sure he had killed her brother, but she learned that he also helped save the homes and lives of many townspeople. How could she reconcile these two different images of the same man--and how could she accept the overwhelming desire, the thrilling passion, and the reckless abandon he aroused deep within her?
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An amazing take on a tumultuous time
Yes. The story and the performance are outstanding.
This is a story that sticks with you. I first read it and then added the narration and listened.
The narrator's performance was excellent. She captured the voices and nuances in feelings and emotions perfectly.
It could have been, but my schedule allows for a chapter or 2 each evening.
In all the books from this period from this author, the stories are very formulaic. This one is completely different. It's organic. I expect people would be offended by some of the character portrayals but it's really not about inequality. It is how that evil was overcome. It's about so many different viewpoints and perspectives, caught in a tumultuous, uncertain time. People struggling to survive and get through so much tragedy and loss. How they held each other up and protected each other during the difficulties. Their loyalty and faithfulness no matter how convoluted.
There were a number of parts that brought excitement and suspense to the story. I believe that is what made it so enjoyable. All the development and discovery that occurs throughout the book sprinkled with humor and natural human emotions. The hero is always there protecting the heroine. Even though she doesn't know, his motivation is honorable, although how he goes about it is unconventional.
If you enjoy old movies or TV shows with smart women and strong heroes, you will love this story and see all the extraneous parts and circumstances are part of the difficult time they were living through during reconstruction.
- thinkcarefully "Kim"