First, this has to be one of the best written and most satisfying Christian books I've ever read! I love marriages of convenience stories. But all too often, we have to wait for the last few pages to see the marriage completed. There is nothing wrong with tasteful story lines of a marriage that has been consummated. Too often in Christian romances, it's taboo. It's so satisfying to see emotions and feelings that are what the majority of us have felt, portrayed. I also appreciated the fact that I could see a marriage not only fulfilled, but I got to read about the relationship growing and deepening. Secondly, I am so appreciative of how the post Civil War in the South is portrayed, Again, Christian authors tend to write how they wish things had transpired over 100 years ago, instead of portraying the past in a compassionate, yet realistic way. History is history. I do not believe that all Southerners agreed with slavery, and I'm sure many had compassion on the plight of Blacks after they were freed. Many did not, and we are witnesses to the horrific acts that some committed. It is behavior that to most us now, seems incomprehensible. But these acts did happen, and because of what was acceptable during that time, the complications of how to handle the post war South, wasn't so easily determined. Yet, we are given a story of compassion mixed with reality. I, for one, am so thankful for that balance. As I stated in my subject line, I started this book on a Sunday afternoon and couldn't put it down! I read well past my bedtime, despite having a very early morning. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is the most satisfying books I've read in a long time. She is truly a gifted author!