It is 1865 when Willow Madison arrives in Timber Creek, Texas, to marry a man of means thirty years her senior. She and her friends and neighbors fought during the declining days of the Civil War to hold onto their possessions, their virtue and their lives. Having saved the last two, they are now faced with starting life over. Willow is sacrificing herself to make a new life for herself and her two best friends. Things begin to get complicated when her accidentally explosive entrance into the Timber Creek community ignites the fury of the town’s up-and-coming sawmill owner, Tucker Gray. That is only the beginning of the fireworks to come.
This story is the first in Lori Copeland’s new series, Belles of Timber Creek. It starts with an excellent plot and a cast of promising characters, but becomes bogged down in the constant bickering of the two protagonists. Historical details of Texas and the post-Civil War era provide a background for the story but do not play a major part. The strength of the story lies in the interesting characters Ms. Copeland portrays.