When schoolteacher Rebecca Sims ventures up on Hazel Mountain in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia to check on one of her young students, she is warned that this is Moonshine country and can be a very dangerous place to be for a beautiful young woman on her own. After being stranded on the mountain with a handsome, dangerous moonshiner and bootlegger named Jack Berry, she soon finds herself to be a “ruined woman” in the eyes of the townspeople and is forced into a shotgun wedding. Facing angry relatives, nosy revenuers, armed killers and hot, steamy romance, Rebecca discovers that true love can come wrapped in one very dangerous package.
Review: This is the last of the Brides of Blue Ridge trilogy, which makes me sad as I really loved these books.
Rebecca right away captures your heart as she trudges up the mountain to find out what happened to one of her students; something not a lot of women in that day or now would do. She is confident for the most part, with a touch of naivety. She is very independent and dislikes that society looks upon her as an old maid just because she never married.
Jack keeps you on your toes and makes you fall in love with him as he takes care of his mentally drained heartbroken and heavily pregnant sister and her little boy. He does have his faults, though, but I can’t say what they are without giving away the book.
Though this is the last in the series, I can only hope that in future books Ms Westbrook will revisit the area her beloved ancestors once lived near. You don’t have to read these books in any particular order as they’re not tied to each other.