Friday, May 1, 2015

"Heir Of Hope" by Stephenia H. MCGee

My Review: 
"Heir Of Hope"is the second book of the Ironwood Plantation series but can be a stand alone also.
"Heir Of Hope" continues where "The Whistle Walk" left off, well it is 150 years later, but that doesn't affect the story at all, in fact it enhances the story. 
I was drawn into Emily's story from the first paragraph and had to finish the book to see how it was going to end! Of course I had the advantage of reading "The Whistle Walk" so I knew what was in the diary! 
Ok I am getting ahead of the story, Emily inherits this madison and discovers a diary and must decide on what to do with them both! This is not a spoil alert as it is the book description.I know what I want her to do but does she make the right choice, you must read the book and find out. 
This book has a little mystery and romance within it pages and while I really liked this book I liked "The Whistle Walk" better. " The Whistle Walk" takes place during the Civil War and " Heir Of Hope" is present day".
The details and scenes are written so well I actually believed I was seeing this story as well as reading it!
I was given an pfd copy by the author for my honest opinion. I am given " Heir Of Hope" five stars.

Book Description

 May 1, 2015
My dear one,
You come to me in my dreams and we talk of things that cannot be explained in this life. How we have been brought together is a great mystery, but I wish to someday see you again….

A Mississippi Plantation: 150 years after the Civil War nearly tore a nation asunder, the battle for freedom still rages in the heart of Ironwood's newest mistress. 

Emily Burns grew up an orphan, so she never expected to inherit a southern plantation. When she discovers an old diary hidden in the attic, her life becomes strangely entwined with her Civil War ancestor and she soon begins to wonder how a woman long dead can keep showing up in her dreams.

Torn between her strange desire to honor Lydia's wishes and practicality, Emily cannot decide if she will keep Ironwood. Yet the house calls to her like a melancholy siren, and Emily cannot resist its tune. Resolving to stay only for a little while, and telling herself her decision has nothing at all to do with the handsome handyman helping with restorations, Emily begins to unravel the history of Ironwood – A tale of love and loss, hope and redemption. When the story seeps into her heart, Emily finds that two women separated by centuries can share the unique bonds of family ties, and that both her past and her future reside in the soul of Ironwood.

Heir of Hope is book two in the Ironwood Plantation Family Saga, but it and The Whistle Walk can be read in either order. 

Stephenia McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and chairman of Spirit Horse Ministries. A portion of all her book sales go to help the ministry provide spiritual and emotional growth and a quality education to at-risk young girls. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in southern culture.

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