The author writes in her letter at the end of the book, "My goal has been to write timeless stories of lasting values, I want to preserve our culture and history and the beauty of our landscape, but most of all I like to reflect the southerner's love of God, country, family and fellowman." This is my first book by this author and I must say she hit her goal. You got alot of attention to detail and descriptions of the culture and history of the South; sometimes maybe a little too much for my personal interest. I did enjoy the story, but didn't fall in love with the story.
The story takes place in Eufula, Alabama, a small town where the steamboats come through to deliver people and merchandise to the town. It is a time when parents and society determines who you can and cannot marry.
Lily would be considered a "southern belle". She finds herself instantly attracted to a steamboat captain, Harrison Wingate, but her parents have determined she will marry some else, someone she does not love. So the conflict begins. I felt I learned alot about the deep South, but didn't learn as much about the characters in this story. There were times when I was very captivated by the story and other times I was just reading to get to the next "good part". There are 5 stories in this series and I would probably read the others if and when they come across my path. I would certainly like to see what happens to Emma, a good friend of Lily in this story.