Jessica Ross' scars run much deeper than the wounds of war. Determined to escape the ghosts of her past and the German influence on her nightmares, she returns home to the sleepy Appalachian town of Hot Springs, NC, only to find the renowned Mountain Park Hotel has been converted into a 'prison' for displaced Germans. To Jessica's dismay, her grandparents have befriended one of the treacherous internees.
August Reinhold has not only found kinship with Jessica's grandparents, but as they share their granddaughter's letters from the Front, he discovers a surprising bond drawing him toward the independent and beautiful woman. Displaced by a war and a painful history, he finds Hot Springs and the intriguing Jessica Ross a tempting place to start over. Determined to scale the heights of her bitterness and show her the power of love, August faces more than just Jessica's resistance but a more devious design to harm the civilian sailors housed in Hot Springs.
Will August's tender pursuit bring Jessica the healing and hope she needs, or will bitterness force her into the hands of a "true" enemy waiting to destroy much more than her heart?
My Review: I have read the two previous books in the Penned in Time series and loved each of them. While I am sad to see this series end, this book was the perfect ending to a wonderful series. In a time of huge prejudice towards the Germans in WWI we see trust, acceptance, and faith restored after it has been shattered. The beauty of the Appalachian mountains is breathed onto every page and I felt like I was there with Jessica and August. August is a swoon worthy hero who loves without walls, he is determined to win Jessica's heart.
Pepper pens great stories that evoke emotions and keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning. I finished this one around 2 am this morning. Well worth being bleary-eyed this morning.