Maggie, a widow with two teenage daughters, runs a rooming house smack dab on the town square. In 1860, this makes her a social outcast Ð boarding houses are hardly respectable. And her collection of eclectic boarders Ð a failed aging writer, an undertakerÕs apprentice, a struggling young lawyer, and an old Irishman Ð only brings her snubs and snide comments, as does her friendship with Emily and Nate, an African-American couple with whom she shares her home and chores. So Maggie is stunned when she is asked to provide a room for Jeremiah Madison, the new and very gifted Methodist minister. He may be able to revive the little church she attends and provide her boarding house with some badly-needed respectability. But Jeremiah comes with secrets that will change Maggie, her friends, and her town forever. (Based on an historical event.)
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First time novelist Janet Stafford hits a home run with this great book, that was hard to put down! From the very first sentence to very last word this book kept me engrossed. She is able to seemlessly combine religious and mystery in a historical thriller and I found myself anxiously turning page after page. Set in the early 1860s, the pages come to life when a new captiviating pastor comes to town and shakes up the townsfolk (especially the ladies) with his inspiring awe-producing sermons and his dashing good looks. He settles into the local boarding house, which also serves the underground railroad thanks to the rebel matriarch heroine, Maggie Blaine. But is Pastor Jeremiah Madison all he is cracked up to be? The vivid descriptions of period are so well written I almost felt like I was actually there. The characters were so rich, I found myself rooting for the heroine, Maggie Blaine even when it seemed she naive. Overall this was a fascinating story (based on real events) of what can be brooding just below the surface in even the most unlikely of all of us -- love, lust, faith, and even murder!