Flora’s Wish

Written by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Review by Shaylin Montgomery

Flora Brimm needs a husband. An obscure clause in her grandfather’s will states that Flora will inherit the family home only if she can produce an heir before her 30th birthday. At 28, she’s cutting it close. Will Tucker seems like the perfect solution.

Lucas McMinn is a Pinkerton agent investigating a notorious conman: Will Tucker. When Lucas sees Flora with Will, he believes the two are a team. Will Lucas discover the truth in time to save Flora from Will’s schemes? Will Flora abandon her plan in favor of God’s in time to save herself?

The first novel in the Secret Lives of Will Tucker series, Flora’s Wish is a wonderful piece of historical fiction. Set in the late 1800s, the novel explores the inner workings of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Honesty is a dominant theme throughout the book. Flora and Lucas keep many secrets from one another, secrets that often cause a great deal of trouble.

In this love letter to the American South, Flora travels from Eureka Springs to St. Louis to Natchez to New Orleans and back, with each destination described in beautiful detail. An intriguing mystery and enjoyable romance, Kathleen Y’Barbo’s Flora’s Wish is a highly entertaining read.