In a Brazilian colony named New Hope, while their friends are seeking a Southern utopia. . . .
Hayden is seeking revenge. Relentlessly.
After years of all but selling his soul to track down his scoundrel of a father, Hayden Gale discovers his search must continue in South America, where his father is reported to be helping colonize Brazil. Hayden has nothing more to lose, certainly not a good reputation, and vows to keep pursuing–at any cost–the vile man who he believes killed his mother.
Magnolia is seeking a way out. Desperately.
She’s in the jungles of Brazil against her will, but what choice does Magnolia Scott have? Her father insisted on uprooting their family to escape the uncertainty of Southern life after the Civil War. But how will she survive without all she holds dear—wealthy suitors, beautiful clothes, summer balls, and slaves waiting on her every whim? She vows to find a way to get back home—and attaches herself to handsome Hayden Gale.
As they journey toward Rio de Janeiro, they both seek to use the other for their own purposes. Deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans. . .
I think it’s important to note that there’s a LOT of supernatural elements in this story — I don’t remember those from previous MaryLu Tyndall books, so that could be surprising if you’re not a fan of speculative fiction. There’s also a lot more God in this book (as in actual preaching instead of just having Christian characters).
I, however, am a fan of both historical fiction and speculative fiction, so I really enjoyed this. I loved the tension between Magnolia and Hayden. So far, they’re my favorite of the three couples. If you enjoy some swashbuckling and romance (plus some angels and demons), you really should read this book.