FORGIVENESS CAN ONLY HAPPEN WHEN THE WRONGS ARE MADE RIGHT
The story has some backstory on Mike and Callie Reashore and what has them moving from Boston to Harpers Ferry and purchasing a large plantation to turn it into an Inn and restaurant, and also to be closer to his family. Callie is bi-racial, her late father was black, and her mother is white (this plays relevance in the story.) Mike and Callie have a strong marriage, they were a couple during school and had the blessings of their families. They also are a bit adventurous and also practice mild domestic discipline.
Jumping back in time to the 1700s, the master of the plantation had bought Dixie Pearl to be a companion for his daughter, Cathy. Ryland Jefferson, son of Hugh and Margot Jefferson, has been away at school, but now that he is home, he has taken a liking to Dixie. When Hugh dies, Ryland becomes the new head of the plantation, has ownership papers for Dixie, frees her and then marries her against his mother’s wishes. The hatred of Margot Jefferson spins this tale into motion. “Two young souls defying the world for love. Is it wrong to be so happy, and so terrified all at once?”
Willowton is known to be haunted, and Callie will be the link between the past and present. From the house to paintings, a diary, and newspaper accounts will help solve a mystery and give peace. There is a large cast of characters, detailed information, some unique situations, and conclusion in the end. There are mild spankings, and detailed sex scenes.
I could have enjoyed the story better if some critical facts had been better researched. First off, West Virginia did not become a state until June 20, 1863, and should have been referred to as Virginia. Another time mentioned Hugh changing his crops from tobacco to wheat in the 1860s with the threat of war; that was one hundred years after Hugh died. While many mulatto children are the result of white men fathering them with their black slaves, interracial marriages were banned from 1753 to 1967. (https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/Research_Note_26.pdf)