Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the little girl entrusted to her care after her mother’s death. Charlotte promised Lily’s mother she’d keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.
When the teacher he’s after produces documentation that shows she’s the little girl’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe. Is Miss Atherton villain or victim? She acts more like a loving mother than an abductress, and the children in her care clearly adore her.
Then a new danger threatens, and Charlotte is forced to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone becomes determined to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he’s ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte’s heart.
I got into this book right away. Karen Witemeyer’s writing style always draws me into the story and makes me care about the characters. Charlotte and Stone were relatable and I emphasized with them, even though I haven’t experienced a lot of what they experienced. For me, the setting wasn’t a huge part, and there wasn’t anything all that special about it, but I don’t read for the setting so for me that was okay. This book was a delightful blend of historical romance with a splash of suspense.