The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author
Beverly Jenkinsâ€™s compelling new series follows a Northern
woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War . . .
Valinda Laceyâ€™s mission in the steamy heart of New Orleans
is to help the newly emancipated community survive and
flourish. But soon she discovers that here, freedom can also
mean danger. When thugs destroy the school she has set up
and then target her, Valinda runs for her lifeâ€”and straight
into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq.
As an architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake has a
deeply personal interest in rebuilding the city. Raised by
strong women, he recognizes Valindaâ€™s determination. And he
canâ€™t stop admiringâ€”or wantingâ€”her. But when Valindaâ€™s
father demands she return home to marry a man she doesnâ€™t
love, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible