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The Crossing at Cypress Creek
Sailing and soldiering around the world has taken Caleb O'Shea far from his native Ireland, so he never imagined that a promise to see a fellow crewman safely home would practically land him on his brother's doorstep. After spending years away from his family, Caleb isn't certain... read full description below.
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Sailing and soldiering around the world has taken Caleb O'Shea far from his native Ireland, so he never imagined that a promise to see a fellow crewman safely home would practically land him on his brother's doorstep. After spending years away from his family, Caleb isn't certain what kind of reception he will receive when he steps foot in Natchez, Mississippi. The one thing he knows for sure is that he won't stay long. Since her sister was kidnapped by river pirates six months ago, Alanah Adams has taken special care to avoid drawing attention to herself. Those living in the rough-and-tumble settlement of Cypress Creek might even think she's addled. But when she stumbles into Caleb and his friends in Natchez, she appears to be the picture-perfect lady. Caleb only catches glimpses of the mysterious and beautiful Alanah before she disappears. But a chance encounter with her at his brother's logging camp near Cypress Creek leaves him uncomfortable at the thought of the young woman traversing the dangerous area alone. At a crossroads in his life, Caleb must decide whether he wants to give up the worldly adventures he's been seeking for one closer to home.
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||Hillman's Natchez Trace series (The Road to Magnolia Glen, 2018) concludes with the story of deserter-turned-defender Caleb O'Shea. Fleeing his family in disgrace, Caleb never imagined his wayward life at sea would lead to working with his long-lost brother in a Mississippi River logging venture. When the brothers' plans reignite trouble amid the murderous river pirates wreaking havoc on locals, Caleb joins forces with an unlikely ally, Alanah Adams, whose protective ruse posing as an insane healer cannot hide her beauty. In a fierce battle for territory, the two find themselves fighting for their homes, their families, and one another. Hillman transports readers to the lawless river valley and marshes of Natchez, Mississippi, in 1792. Enhanced by an attention to historical detail and a network of fascinating characters struggling to defend their loved ones at all cost, Hillman's novel creates inspiring interplay between forces of forgiveness and retribution. Underscored by loyalty and valor, this suspenseful finale features elements intrinsic to the series, such as frightening villains, chivalrous men, and courageous heroines.
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