Tabitha's Journey: A Stone Mountain Novella by Caroline Clemmons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Tabitha’s Journey by Caroline Clemmons
Tabitha’s father has died. The reading of his will only compounds Tabitha’s pain and confusion. After years of working at the family business and keeping it running to spite her father’s and brother’s total inability to manage a business, everything is left to her brother, David. Worse, according to her father’s will, her brother is her guardian until her thirtieth birthday.
Tabitha is trapped! The inheritance her beloved grandmother and mother intended to go to her is placed out of reach as long as her brother is her guardian and, as her guardian, he is forcing her into marriage to his wife’s brother.
William, her brother-in-law, is a cruel man that is determined to ravish her to insure the marriage takes place. He has attempted to take her once and is threatening to complete the evil deed if she does not comply to his and her brother‘s wishes. Her own brother threatens to commit her to an asylum if she causes any trouble and refuses the marriage.
Tabitha’s best friend, Priscilla, accepted a proposal for marriage as a mail order bride but now wants out of the arrangement. Her best friend’s situation offers a perfect way out for Tabitha. Or so she thought.
This is a delightful book. It takes the reader back to Raedford Springs, the home of the The Men From Stone Mountain series. Tabitha’s arrival is anything but quiet and unassuming. Her attraction to Tobias, her intended husband, is strong. His strong feeling of being “passed off” is obvious.
The questions are, will Tobias Baldwin overcome his feelings of rejection and give in to the passion of his desires? Will Tabitha’s brother and lecherous brother-in-law find Tabitha before Tobias figures out what he wants?
I give Tabitha’s Journey 5 stars. I loved this book. I love reading stories that bring my favorite characters from other books together. Tabitha is full of spunk, imagination and has a heart of gold. Tobias is a big bear of a man. In fact, his nickname is Bear. His verbal responses to Tabitha seem cold at first, but I was not fooled and neither was Tabitha. He is a big, kind, bear of a man that can take care of business. Together, they are well suited and I hope to read about them again in another story.
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