Five stars for Ann Shorey's, Love Sweet Beginning!
It is the spring of 1868 when Cassie Haddon and her mother arrive in Noble Springs, Missouri. The war has stripped away their wealth and left them dependent on family. Cassie was raised with the help of servants and has never been denied anything. Now at twenty-five she's penniless and has no useful skills.
The situation turns dire and, with no one to rescue them, Cassie and her mother face homelessness, but Cassie finds inner strength she didn't know she possessed. She manages to convince restaurateur, Jacob West to give her a job, which launches Cassie on an adventure and a new life she'd never dreamed possible.
This sweet romance was a fun read. I loved the conflict between Cassie and Jacob West and Ann's exceptional writing drew me into the story. I relished watching Cassie use her wits and determination to carry her and her mother through difficult times.
Ann did an outstanding job of developing characters readers will love as well as characters they will love to hate. I cheered for Cassie and rejoiced over her transformation.
You don't want to miss this one.