Second Chance Reunion
Returning home, Confederate hero Colonel Graham Talbot faces his toughest battle yet—avoiding the marriage-minded young ladies in town vying for his attentions. With a stepmother and orphaned niece to support, the penniless soldier has no intention of marrying. Neither does the woman he once loved, his next-door neighbor Ellie Anderson. But Ellie has a proposal of her own: a pretend courtship to keep their unwanted admirers at bay.
Ellie's unpredictable childhood left her determined to safeguard her independence—and her plantation. Blaming herself for driving Graham away to war, she devises a plan to help them both. But when it goes awry, Ellie will face a choice: save her beloved property…or trust in a relationship that's becoming undeniably real.
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I got a paperback copy of this book at www.paperbackswap.com. I was not asked to write a review. All opinions are my own." That done, I read bits and pieces of this story as Ms. Miller was writing it and I was intrigued enough to want to read the whole story.
Graham Talbot is returning home from war and trying to avoid the bride brigade who want to marry him. He can't marry. He's been stripped of his land, his money and everything he owns and with no job skills he still has to provide for his step-mom and an orphaned baby.
Ellie broke Graham's heart because she refuses to marry him or anyone, and she has a bunch of wild hair ideas that Graham doesn't know how to say no to that keeps getting them into trouble. When she learns she has a loan coming due she panics because she can't pay... how will she survive if she's forced to sell all her holdings for a loan she didn't sign for--her uncle did.
If you like historical romances set in the deep south post Civil war involving the affected plantation owners (think Gone with the Wind type hero and heroine) then you will love COUNTERFEIT COURTSHIP.