Saving a family legacy comes with all sorts of surprises and a maze of challenges for Caitlin Balle and Amanda Sherman. Their mission is to preserve Hobcaw Point, and create a loving relationship that will continue the long line of the Balle’s of Hobcaw Point. Nothing goes smoothly in dealing with crooked politicians, disapproving mothers, complicated legal problems, a missing deed, a cache of Confederate gold and some well-meaning but interfering ghosts!
Three hundred and fifty years ago, an ambitious Scotsman and his Irish wife came to the new Carolina Colonies. They bought some land on Hobcaw Creek with a small natural harbor and built a shipyard that would serve the creation of the Port of Charles Town, Charleston during the Revolutionary War and South Carolina during the Civil War until it was burned to the ground and waterline by General Sherman in 1865. The land stayed in the family for another 150 years until an ambitious city councilor tries to take the land to build a community yacht club.
Now Caitlin Balle must try to save her family legacy, including the historical ruins of the shipyard, with the help of Amanda Sherman, a civil engineer hired by the county to oversee the project – a civil engineer who is the great great granddaughter of the man who burned the shipyard down. Charleston society has a very long memory, and Shermans are not welcome in certain circles – especially lesbian Shermans who are courting one of their own.
This was a fantastic read that easily captivated me. There’s an antagonist, a sinister scheme, avarice, vengeance, a few quests, a dash of the supernatural, and a budding romance.
CJ Benjamin –
I enjoyed reading this novel. Great characters, great plot and throw in some supernational elements of the south!
Kris (verified owner) –
Ah the South, where genteel ladies often aren’t and the food would lead even the most righteous person to temptation!! The South is filled with all kinds of spirits – the good kind to drink and the mischievous kind to rattle your nerves. The author takes us on a wonderful tale of old rivalries, new ambitions, and two women who get to untangle it all.
I was captivated with the plot from the beginning. The history, the plots and the two women just pulled me in and made me live their adventures at Hobcaw Point with them.
This is a book that I would wholeheartedly recommend for a sultry summer read.
Allison S –
I enjoyed this book a lot & was able to get sucked in with ease. It includes a villain, an evil plot, greed, vengeance, a quest or two, some supernatural beings and a growing romance. What more could you want?
Amanda is in town on a project for the county which could either right the wrongs of her ancestors or make it worse. Her boss is a flake and not at all the leader he seems to think he is.
Caitlin is on a quest to retain her family’s land and realizes she can’t do so on her own. She finds herself surrounded by friends old and new to help her achieve that goal and at the same time trying to best the adversary in her own family as well as the town villain.
These two women historically never should have ended up together, their family history entwined in destruction and devastation, but from the beginning it seemed they were meant to break that cycle.
The supernatural elements rather than a traditional “haunting” as is often seen, instead –added humour, a bit of chaos and some karma to those deserving.
The potential plot for the resolving of old wounds generations past is one I always enjoy add in the chance for a happy ending or two — it’s a winning tale.
*Advanced Review Copy*
I’m a little more than halfway through this and it’s a pretty interesting story. I’m not educated on engineering, archeology, things like that but Miss Taylor made it so even ‘I’ could understand what was going on. I don’t want to post spoilers but the addition of certain “elements of nature” into the story was wonderful! Highly recommend, and I have to get back to it so I can find out the rest of what happens. Oh, and I dislike the antagonist as much as the author was hoping we would 😀
Advanced Review Copy