The characters of Home to Hickory Hollow are back, and by now they seem like old friends. Tessie Miller is the last of her sisters to marry, and while she's in love with Marcus King, her father has forbade them to marry. So they secretly go behind his back and get married. While they continue to live with their parents, Tessie and Marcus carry on this secret marriage. Till Marcus tragically dies and Tessie is thrown into a deep mourning that no one understands. And it's only compounded when Tessie realizes she's pregnant.
As Tessie's world unravels, she's trapped holding on to multiple secrets and juggling who she is. Will she find the strength to expose these secrets before she's shunned? Or will she be stuck in mourning and miss the opportunities in front of her?
I love Beverly Lewis' style of writing and Home to Hickory Hollow has become a favorite series. You don't have to read the books in order to follow the story, but it is fun to watch past characters play minor roles as the books evolve. I found myself pulling for Tessie, at times pleading with her to reveal the truth, and in the end, relieved that she finds resolution. Lewis delivers again with an amazing story and I'm happy to recommend this book.
*Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher for my honest review. All opinions are my own.