After losing her husband and only child to the ravages of the Civil War, twenty-five-year-old Portia McAllister is drowning in grief. When she sees an ad for a live-in tutor in another town, she leaves everything behind in hopes of making a fresh start. But as a Confederate widow in a Union household, she is met with resentment from her new charge and her employer, war veteran Beau Stanford.
Despite their differences, she and Beau find common ground and the stirrings of a second chance at love—until his late wife’s cousin, Lydia, arrives with her sights set on him. Burdened with a farm on the brink of bankruptcy, Beau is tempted by Lydia’s hefty dowry, though Portia has captured his heart.
In another time and another place, his choice would be easy. But love seems impossible amid the simmering chaos of Reconstruction that could boil over at any moment into an all-out battle for survival. Will Beau and Portia find their way into each other’s arms, or will they be swept away by raging forces beyond their control?
I’ve read this book twice now, once in Beta formatting and now in ARC.
When I first read the blurb, I really wasn’t so sure I’d like it. I never thought I would be into historical romance, but I do know Mysti’s work and have loved everything of hers that I’ve read (and that’s quite a bit).
This story had me from the get-go! I was in tears after the epilogue. It focuses on the struggles of post civil war in the south. The characters in this book are very colorful and have back stories that add so much layer to them, not one of them comes off as flat or unentertaining. The author put a lot of effort and research into creating a book that is not only historically accurate, but also so intriguing that you don’t want to put it down. A story like this could so easily come off as too wide of a stretch to the imagination, but Mysti Parker pulls it off flawlessly!
This book is a must read for anyone into historical, civil war, or any type of romance stories!
A Time for Everything comes out on July 7, 2015, but you can pre-order it here.
Mysti has written numerous other books in other genres as well, including sci-fy/fantasy romance and childrens books! Please check out all of her other books here.