Jo Ann Ferguson
"I do not expect you to tell me whom you have been with while your wife sleeps, but it seems that a lie would be appropriate at a time like this."
Bethany Whitcombe has no idea how much her life will change the day she happens to meet a peddler by the name of Eric Pennington. Her life is consumed with trying to keep her brother out of the army and herself from an unwanted betrothal. But Eric Pennington stirs to life thoughts and desires she never thought she'd experience, but who is he really? Eric Pennington has things to do - catching smugglers for instance. He has no time to get caught up with a beautiful lady, but when his stay in the area is extended longer than he planned, he finds himself embroiled in her affairs, and unsure if he wants out.
My Opinion: This book is a delight from start to finish. Every character is full and deep. The various twists and turns keep you guessing and anxious to know what happens next. I think it's even better the second time around since there are so many little things I missed the first time (not knowing how it all plays out). The love between Bethany and Eric is beautifully portrayed and written exquisitely. I must say that chapter eight is my favorite and so powerful that I re-read it every time just to enjoy it again. All in all, a fantastic book.