From New York Times Bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a story of love, heroism, and secrets so dangerous they could change this sleepy Southern town forever.


Truett’s hometown needed a doctor, so after finishing medical school, he returned to Bethel Springs. Fighting a secret war with a corrupt lawman wasn’t in his plans, but Sheriff Suggs thinks he’s above the law and can lynch anyone who crosses him. When Suggs threatens his childhood friend, Truett dons a cape and hood and rescues him—placing “the Hooded Horseman” in Sheriff Suggs’s crosshairs.

Celia Wilcox arrives in Bethel Springs, Alabama, in June of 1880. She’s come from Nashville to help her sister care for their younger siblings. She hopes only to be on the small farm for the summer, just until her mother recovers from the shock of Celia’s father’s death. She must return to Nashville to fulfill her dream of opening her own dress shop, especially now, to provide for her family.

The lovely Celia catches Truett’s eye, and he finds himself wanting to impress her. But she flatly refuses to flirt with him or to fall for his—if he does say so himself—considerable charm.

Celia’s growing attraction to the young Dr. Beverly terrifies her, and even if she could marry him, which she cannot, what will happen when Sheriff Suggs discovers Truett is the Hooded Horseman? Will Celia be able to prevent the sheriff from carrying out one last lynching?

My Thoughts:

Melanie Dickerson has created a unique cast of characters and set them in a country trying to rebuild after it was torn apart by war. To say I enjoyed this story would be an understatement.  Once I started reading it, I felt like I had fallen into the world created by Ms. Dickerson. Fully immersed in this story and eagerly turning pages to see what would happen next.

An angry sheriff who can’t seem to let go of the past, taking the law into his own hands and unjustly judging the innocent, as guilty and swiftly enacting his own form of judgment.

A mysterious, masked hero fighting for fair treatment of those who the majority of society sees as unworthy. He is willing to risk his own safety to see that the innocent aren’t harmed.

Celia is an independent woman, ahead of her time. She longs to make a name for herself, to own her own business and stand on her own feet. She sees how being married has affected her mother, and doesn’t want to set aside her dreams, to have a family.

Lessons can be learned from any one of the dynamic characters in this story. There is something for everyone in the pages of this wonderful story. A reminder that we should stand up for others, that we aren’t to pass judgment and that by giving of ourselves, new dreams can be discovered.

If you enjoy reading southern historical novels, with lots of heart, a splash of adventure, and characters that will linger long after you’ve closed the book, then I encourage you to find a copy of this wonderful story to enjoy! I give this story 4.5 stars and I eagerly look forward to reading more stories with southern flair from Melanie Dickerson!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

MelanieDickerson  Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist, a 2-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama.

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      1. Thank you- so sweet of you! We are ok, but today my dad went home to SC and it took him 9 hours! There were detours and lots of problems with the roads along with traffic. I hope everyone in your family is ok. What a big impact and so much devastation. I can’t even wrap my head around all of it. Thank you again for the kind words.

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      2. Wow! 9 hours!! I’m glad to hear you and your family are safe! Some of the family near Wilmington had flood damage, but everyone is safe, and that’s what’s important! Clean up from this storm will take some time!

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