I have read and loved many of Renee Ryan's books and this one was another excellent work!
This is the second book in a three book series in the LI Historical line: After the Storm. It is a continuing series, so to fully appreciate and understand what's going on, they should be read in order.
A tornado hit the land a month ago (it happens in the first book). The citizens are still trying to recoup from the devastation and aftermath. The twins are still missing, yet some can just not give up hope that they will be found.
During the storm, Rebecca was dragged into the cellar by blacksmith, Pete Benjamin when her life is in great danger. Now the town busybody makes it known that perhaps she lured the poor, vulnerable widower into the cellar and took advantage of his weakened condition...In true Renee Ryan solution, she has them married in a quick ceremony.
Not living back then, I don't quite gasp the concept of why a marriage would make everything right, but it makes for an interesting story to see how they finally become husband and wife. The sexual tension builds throughout the story, leading to a couple passionate kisses. But Pete has a heart full of guilt for his dead wife and just cannot bare the thought of putting his new wife through that sort of torture...
You must read to the end to fully appreciate this book!