The first novel in USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly JenkinsA??s compelling new series follows a Northern woman south in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War . . .
Valinda LaceyA??s mission in the steamy heart of New Orleans is to help the newly emancipated community survive and flourish. But soon she discovers that here, freedom can also mean danger. When thugs destroy the school she has set up and then target her, Valinda runs for her lifeA??and straight into the arms of Captain Drake LeVeq.
As an architect from an old New Orleans family, Drake has a deeply personal interest in rebuilding the city. Raised by strong women, he recognizes ValindaA??s determination. And he canA??t stop admiringA??or wantingA??her. But when ValindaA??s father demands she return home to marry a man she doesnA??t love, her daring rebellion draws Drake into an irresistible intrigue.
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by Beverly Jenkins
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