This is book 2 in this series and I liked it a little better than book 1. You could read it as a stand alone, but I don't recommend it as this story is about Callie, the younger sister you were introduced to in "Westward" (book one). Callie is now a young lady who has continued to live with her sister and her new husband in New Mexico. But Callie has always vowed she would return home someday to their father's plantation and discover what her uncle did to gain control of it. When her life as a secret underground railroad leader is discovered while she is in college she finds herself fleeing to her southern belle status at her plantation home, enduring her uncle while she tries to discover a way to expose him and his evil business tactics. Hawk, a man she would trust with her life, but who finds a way of irritating her oftentimes will finds her and help her as she struggles with treachery and intrigue, danger and sacrifice.
The author did a good job of historically writing about the underground railroad and the dangers of being involved in it. She brought out the way people's eyes were blinded to what was happening all around them. There was a lot happening in this story and it kept me turning the pages to see what happens next. I liked how Hawk and Callie interacted with each other and the way their feelings for each other were finally admitted by each other. Looking forward to book 3 next, "Everlasting"! Good job Amanda MacLean. I like the way this author weaves the caring and forgiving God into her stories and how He never leaves nor forsakes us, even when we completely ignore Him at times.