Portland, Oregon 1879
Nancy Pritchard finds herself widowed and with a world of problems when her deceased husband's shady business schemes start to come to light. As she sifts through the shadowed memories of their loveless union, Nancy realizes ther eis a lot she didn't know about the man she married.
Seth Carpenter, a chidlhood friend of Nancy's, has recently returend to Portland and is delighted to see her again. As a lawyer, he offers to help her sort through the legal ramifications of her husband's death. But there is more to Seth than meets the eye, and his job will take him into the dark side of Nancy's husband's life - a side she didn't even know existed.
As the two search for the truth behind her husband's death, a mutual attraction creates complications. When Nancy's own life is threatened, can Seth be honest with her about who he really is and why he's come back to Portland? And can Nancy bear another betrayal?
I really liked this story! In Secrets of My Heart, Tracie Peterson proves why she has been a best-selling author with over 100 novels to her credit. This isn't the "same old" western historical romance story. The characters were well-developed, the dialogue was engaging, the romance was sweet, and the storyline intriguing. I enjoyed the inclusion of a mystery as the main character delves into her husband's covert business deals, details of which come to light in an alarming - and dangerous - way.
I also appreciated Nancy Pritchard's independent spirit, as her determination to make a life for herself after her husband's untimely death really shone through the story in an inspiring way.
Overall, this was a really pleasant, refreshing read, and easily one of my favourite historical romances to date. I'll be looking forward to the next instalment!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.