Jun 5, 2012

Hunter's Prize by Marcia Gruver

A little boy’s treasure puts Addie McRae’s life in grave danger.

When Addie left her sheltered Mississippi life to become governess to Ceddy Whitfield, she never dreamed she’d be undertaking her most challenging role yet. But after a brutal attack on her peculiar charge and a break-in that threatens the serenity of Whitfield Manor, Addie’s coveted new life is set on a dangerous course. What could a little boy have that thieves are so eager to find?

Pearson Foster arrives on the misty banks of Lake Caddo determined to haul up the wreckage of the doomed steamer Mittie Stephens along with her cargo of gold, unaware that young Ceddy hides a valuable treasure of his own. Then, accused of a terrible act of cruelty against the boy, Pearson stands to lose something even more precious than hidden fortune. But would he harm a child and the woman he grows to love in his quest for mere riches?

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The idea of an innocent young boy as a victim in a dangerous and evil scheme is hard enough to fathom, but poor little Ceddy was not able to communicate with anyone.  Since his own parents tragically died, Ceddy did not speak, and his only way to show his distress was to scream or cry.

When Addie accepted the position of governess to Ceddy, she had no idea of the danger that the whole household would soon be in.  It seemed that Ceddy was the direct target several times, and nobody could understand why it was happening.

A huge misunderstanding between Pearson and Addie happened on the day they met. Circumstances beyond their control meant they had to continually see each other, and things got more and more intense between them.

Drama, danger, and romance ... all sprinkled together with a big dose of faith, make this an enjoyable story for lovers of historical fiction.

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Barbour Publishing, Inc., in exchange for my honest review.

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