by Kristi Ann Hunter
Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2022)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-10 : 0764235273
ISBN-13 : 978-0764235276
Miss Harriet Hancock enjoys playing the role of eccentric heiress, using her wealth and influence to cleverly and anonymously better the lives of those in Newmarket. Though she keeps people at a distance to protect a years-old secret, when her friend pleads for help on a personal project, Harriet can’t resist.
Stable hand Jonas Fitzroy would do anything for his twin sister, even if it means seeking out the woman whose meddling ways have made him wary and suspicious. The last thing he expects is for Miss Hancock to request his help in writing a book. Intent on revealing her underlying plan, Jonas agrees.
As they work together, an unexpected friendship forms. But when things for once don’t go according to Harriet’s plan, she’s left wondering if good intentions might not be enough. Is there a way to mend the broken pieces of her life? And will Jonas give her another chance at his heart?
Jonas is a man who firmly believes that your yes means yes. He may be aloof, but he is entirely truthful and trustworthy. I loved him in Sophia’s story. He would do anything to take care of his sister, and I’m so glad he got his own story. Though sometimes he uses them randomly, Jonas’ memorization of the scriptures is impressive. I loved the way he learned more about himself throughout the story.
Harriet really does have a good heart, and she tries so hard to help people, but she goes about it the wrong way. She ends up lying and orchestrating so many events. The cover photo seems very appropriate, because it looks like she is up to something. Due to her lies to her father, she has been in a sort of holding place for much of her life and has not been able to experience it for herself.
I’ve been in the unusual circumstance of being in the shoes of both Harriet and Jonas. I started out like Harriet (without the lying), but people think that everything you do has an ulterior motive, or you are just trying to control their lives. Their reaction made me more like Jonas, where now people think you live your life on the outside and you aren’t living the life they think you should. I felt for both the characters.
Harriet did put herself in a lot of her circumstances by lying, but in general she only wanted to help people. Jonas had always lived his life protecting Sophia, so once she marries, he loses his only purpose. However, the way people push him around to try to get him to be who they think he should be is sad. It reminds me of when extroverts want to make everyone like them, because they think an introvert cannot possibly be happy.
I did like Jonas and Harriet as a couple. They challenged each other and made each other see what they were missing.
I liked that so many previous characters were in this book, like Sophia and Aaron who I love. While the book can be read as a standalone, I think that you will appreciate it more if you have read the previous ones in the series.