THE CARPENTER'S INHERITANCE
Lucinda Bell wants nothing more than to follow in her father's footsteps and practice law. But in 1893, the state of Virginia won't allow a woman lawyer. So she leaves her family and fiancé and buys a dying practice in Massachusetts, determined to prove herself capable of succeeding at the profession—if she can find acceptance and safety as Loveland's sole lady lawyer first.
Quiet, handsome Matthew Templin, a local carpenter with a questionable past and a potentially dangerous need for a lawyer, is captivated by Lucinda. But he also knows she's above his touch—and that a hidden truth may destroy her career and possibly his own life. As ambitions collide, Lucinda faces a choice whether to give up her dream—or give up the love of her life.
I am enamoured with Laurie Alice Eakes' longer historical novels but have never read her novella length ones so I was excited to delve into The Carpenter's Inheritance. Eakes delivered the same quality, tension and drama that I am familiar with -- all in a shorter word count. Now that takes talent!
Loved the impossible scenario -- educated Lucinda of good social standing versus the simple town carpenter with a questionable past. Lucinda finds herself fighting the attraction, all too aware of the havoc that would play in her business plans. Matthew just won't further her cause and she's already fighting prejudice because she's a female. Matthew, with a tendency to internalize his past, has placed Lucinda on pedestal and he has no intention of taking her down. Thankfully Eakes has other ideas and she weaves an intricate story of betrayal and love and the saving grace of the Lord beautifully.
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