After the Civil War, a young woman, Ada Wentworth, from Boston travels to Hickory Ridge, Tennessee. She obtains a job as a lady's companion to an elderly woman, Lillian Willis. After a little rough start in meeting her new employer, she realizes Ms. Willis is a tough cookie. However, she has no intentions of failing at her new job, as she has a dream she wishes to pursue while employed here. Within the first day, you see how Ada has reason to doubt her Heavenly Father because of the death of her mother, and the loss of a man she loved.
Before long, Ada's knack for millinery is discovered by her employer, and others. She accepts a little bit of work, with her own interests in mind, but the man who is her employer, Wyatt, and his aunt, who is Lillian, do not agree with her pursuit. It's on her mind to be independent, and she faces her worries with determination. Soon, she and Wyatt argue over her "other job" as he wants her full attention on his aunt. What makes it difficult is her growing attraction for the man, and vice versa.
Another character in the book, a little girl named Sophia, is a sweet, bright girl who Ada befriends. Others do not approve of their relationsip, as she is black, but Ada continues to go against the townspeople but with harrassment along the way.
I truly enjoyed this book. As a romantic at heart, and a lover of historical fiction, it met all my criteria for a perfect read!
I received this book in return for a review, from BookSneeze, and all thoughts are my own.