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This is actually the first book I read. I think it's okay since it seems to have taken place in the past. I've read the reviews of this series and don't think this is going to be the pattern for the entire series.
The book takes place at the end of World War II. The hero and heroine in this story are actually 'together' but events are being set up to give their relationship conflict. Red is on his way home, but Berdie doesn't know it until he calls her with some very bad news that sends her away from her factory job and home to Hideaway, MO. It seems that the author did her research on the background of this era.
Who killed her father? And who is the person that keeps leaving strange clues around? I'll admit that I didn't really follow all of this. I LOVE suspense, but I listened to this book while driving and...well...sometimes I have to be pretty intent on my driving concentration that I tune out what's being said. I got the jest of it, and it just didn't really jive well with me for some reason.
The conflict lasted through the entire book. Red had been injured in the war and didn't feel he could be the man Bertie needed. But Bertie was strong and stood by her man no matter what. There was also conflict over the fact that both Red and Bertie were investigating the mystery on their own.
I thought it was cool having all three Love inspired genres wrapped up into this book. I really do hope I find more historical books like this.