The Crossing at Cypress Creek by Pam Hillman
About the book
Sailing and soldiering around the world has taken Caleb O’Shea far from his native Ireland, so he never imagined that a promise to see a fellow crewman safely home would practically land him on his brother’s doorstep. After spending years away from his family, Caleb isn’t certain what kind of reception he will receive when he steps foot in Natchez, Mississippi. The one thing he knows for sure is that he won’t stay long.
Since her sister was kidnapped by river pirates six months ago, Alanah Adams has taken special care to avoid drawing attention to herself. Those living in the rough-and-tumble settlement of Cypress Creek might even think she’s addled. But when she stumbles into Caleb and his friends in Natchez, she appears to be the picture-perfect lady.
Caleb only catches glimpses of the mysterious and beautiful Alanah before she disappears. But a chance encounter with her at his brother’s logging camp near Cypress Creek leaves him uncomfortable at the thought of the young woman traversing the dangerous area alone. At a crossroads in his life, Caleb must decide whether he wants to give up the worldly adventures he’s been seeking for one closer to home.
I enjoyed the previous books I read from this series, and this one is also quite enjoyable.
The series introduces you to various O’Shea brothers, and in this one, the main brother is Caleb.
The other main character is Alanah. Known as “Addled Alanah” by others in her community, this is solely for her protection. Her sister Betsy had been kidnapped by river pirates, and so the dangers are very real to them.
Excellent setting, intriguing characters, unexpected happenings, all set in the delightful Natchez area in the 1800s. If you enjoy historical fiction, be sure and add this one to your reading list!
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