The Promise of Breeze Hill (Natchez Trace #1)
Natchez, MS; 1791Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O'Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he's sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he'll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella's shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor's help, Isabella fears she'll lose her family's plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor's proposal of marriage.Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?

The Promise of Breeze Hill (Natchez Trace #1) Details

TitleThe Promise of Breeze Hill (Natchez Trace #1)
Author
ReleaseAug 8th, 2017
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
ISBN-139781496415929
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian, Fiction

The Promise of Breeze Hill (Natchez Trace #1) Review

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    I seriously loved the history and setting of this story! It's a time and place I know little about, so I was fascinated by the details of life there, the dangers and struggles, the successes and progress. The vibrant characters made it come alive and it was great to see Isabella and Connor's relationship shift throughout the book. The author chose to let us know who the villain is from the beginning so even though it wasn't a mystery who was causing the destruction, there was still heightened te I seriously loved the history and setting of this story! It's a time and place I know little about, so I was fascinated by the details of life there, the dangers and struggles, the successes and progress. The vibrant characters made it come alive and it was great to see Isabella and Connor's relationship shift throughout the book. The author chose to let us know who the villain is from the beginning so even though it wasn't a mystery who was causing the destruction, there was still heightened tension and I couldn't help but want to warn Isabella! It was admirable to see how Connor helped Isabella's father recuperate in body and mind, and his strength was able to continue as the foundation of Breeze Hill. The sweet romance is woven throughout various hardships and challenges, and I loved every minute of reading this book. Highly recommend to fans of Laura Frantz and Tamera Alexander!(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book what a great look at the late 1700’s in the now known state of Mississippi, which was under Spanish control at that point, and a lot of lawlessness.Connor O’Shea is a desperate man; he needs to be reunited with his brothers that are still in Ireland, so he puts himself in indenture to help. He is a master carpenter, and that is exactly what Isabella Bartholomew needs, she has lost so much and needs his help desperately, and thus the connection is made.The author has woven such I loved this book what a great look at the late 1700’s in the now known state of Mississippi, which was under Spanish control at that point, and a lot of lawlessness.Connor O’Shea is a desperate man; he needs to be reunited with his brothers that are still in Ireland, so he puts himself in indenture to help. He is a master carpenter, and that is exactly what Isabella Bartholomew needs, she has lost so much and needs his help desperately, and thus the connection is made.The author has woven such a tale that I found myself in the shoes of these people, and although early on we know whom the culprit is, we are cringing every time he shows up. You begin to doubt some of the others, and wonder where their heart lies, and if everything here is going to go up in smoke.If you enjoy historical novels, this is a must read, and in the end you will be left with a lingering wish that the last page hadn’t been turned, and we could go back for more.Loved how this book circled around and was almost a repeat of long back family history, only not Connors, no wonder her father was so compassionate.I received this book through Ededweiss and Tyndale House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Gobsmacked doesn't even begin to describe the way I'm feeling right now as I sit in a discombobulated 'the-morning-after-a-frenzied-reading-night' stupor. I only have two words.Connor O'Shea.Give me a moment to rally my sensibilities, but you might have to move my dog-eared copy of Breeze Hill to another room so I'm not tempted to...rats...just a sec while I read a particularly toe-curling moment over again.Blissful sigh. Okay, I'm back. Goodness, that Connor!(insert fangirl swooning emoji here. Gobsmacked doesn't even begin to describe the way I'm feeling right now as I sit in a discombobulated 'the-morning-after-a-frenzied-reading-night' stupor. I only have two words.Connor O'Shea.Give me a moment to rally my sensibilities, but you might have to move my dog-eared copy of Breeze Hill to another room so I'm not tempted to...rats...just a sec while I read a particularly toe-curling moment over again.Blissful sigh. Okay, I'm back. Goodness, that Connor!(insert fangirl swooning emoji here.) Hero of my heart. Masterful, compassionate, noble in spirit. A man with a work ethic and passion for family. And protective. Oh, someone pass me the smelling salts, the opportunities he has to go all protective on Miss Isabella Bartholomew...rats, wait a sec, I need to re-read a particularly swoonworthy rescue.Okay, I'm back..for now. I can't seem to stop myself from reading the tantalizing bits over again...which is pretty much the whole book so you see my dilemma. And did I mention Connor is Irish (in case you didn't clue in by his name) but I mean, almost fresh off the boat Irish so he still has the brogue. Set my heart afluttering every time he spoke -- even when he was being an 'eejit.' Isabella is a tad impetuous and stubborn and used to running things so there's bound to be some clashing when Connor starts taking initiative -- and sometimes issuing commands that don't go over very well. I do so love an independent-thinking heroine. She's changed a lot in a year of hardship -- grown and stretched in every way except in her faith. There's a lovely inspirational thread that follows Isabella's battles with God and her ultimate surrender to His higher power.And a really intriguing aspect of this story is the way the element of suspense is handled. Only the reader knows right from the start who the villain is. The characters haven't a clue. So I was always on edge every time The Villain showed up and I'd try to warn Isabella with a "Bad guy alert!" But did she listen to me? Of course not! She's all sweet and nice and "Oh, do come in and visit awhile. Martha, bring us some tea, if you please." And there I am expiring on my fainting couch for all the wrong reasons because she's just led Danger into their midst. (cue the scary organ music)Though it might not seem like it from this very Connor-centric review, there is an astounding cast of secondary characters -- both good and pure evil -- that bring an even deeper dimension to an already amazing story. And the history is fascinating. I don't know a whole lot about this era and particularly this part of America so the setting added even more to my reading pleasure.And when the story came to an end as all good books inevitably do, I was left bereft because Connor chose Isabella not me (shuddering sigh)...but...wait, he has brothers and the next book is about....yoohoo, Quinn, we haven't met yet but I'm about to fall deeply in love with you...(I'm so fickle!)
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 stars TOP PICK
  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    It was interesting to learn a bit more about the South at a time we hardly ever study--after the American Revolution, when it left British hands and became controlled by Spain (but before Napoleon took control and sold it to America). Even then there were contentions over slavery, and it was particularly interesting to learn about the white slavery that the British had perpetrated. Highwaymen and disreputable folk abounded in the relatively recently-settled territory, leaving room for adventure. It was interesting to learn a bit more about the South at a time we hardly ever study--after the American Revolution, when it left British hands and became controlled by Spain (but before Napoleon took control and sold it to America). Even then there were contentions over slavery, and it was particularly interesting to learn about the white slavery that the British had perpetrated. Highwaymen and disreputable folk abounded in the relatively recently-settled territory, leaving room for adventure.I had a hard time caring for Connor as much as I felt like I should, especially at first--he's neither particularly nice nor respectful to Isabella, thanks to previous bad experiences with a woman, and he gives a lot of mixed signals. To be fair, his actions are generally kind and considerate, but his attitude grated on me. I did like Isabella, and kind of wanted to see her put Connor in his place. Occasionally she does something extremely foolish, but at least it's with good intentions. I really liked Isabella's family and servants--who seemed like family anyway, especially the kids. The estate feels like a real tight-knit community, and I really enjoyed how the author brought out that feeling of closeness.Thank you Tyndale House and NetGalley for providing a free e-book; I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Virginia Winfield
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful historical fiction romance with a bit of suspense. These are my favorite types of stories. I loved Isabella and Connor. I love when people from different groupings can find love despite the obstacles. This is a great time period also. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I received this book from Tyndaleblog for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say the first meet with Connor O’ Shea up on the auction block; I knew my heart was in trouble! As soon as I heard his Irish lilt, I was in deep waters and didn’t care if I drowned. His sparkling green eyes and crooked smile added to his charm, the more I got to know his character in the story, the more I knew he was a man of integrity, gentle faith, and a rare steadfastness. A man one could count on in a pinch, reliable as the snow in winter and a great protector of those he feels res I have to say the first meet with Connor O’ Shea up on the auction block; I knew my heart was in trouble! As soon as I heard his Irish lilt, I was in deep waters and didn’t care if I drowned. His sparkling green eyes and crooked smile added to his charm, the more I got to know his character in the story, the more I knew he was a man of integrity, gentle faith, and a rare steadfastness. A man one could count on in a pinch, reliable as the snow in winter and a great protector of those he feels responsible for. He has a great capacity to love as seen in his need to secure passage for his younger brothers. A hero worthy of his weight in gold. Of course, any good hero needs a heroine by his side! I think he more than met his match in Isabella Bartholomew. A lady of distinguishable character who’s been through the fire, literally after her plantation & cotton crops caught fire all but destroying her home, a lucrative future and the father she loves. Having been thrust into a position no lady of her era should be in, she rises above the challenge by indenturing O’ Shea to rebuild Breeze Hill in exchange for his brother’s safe passage to the Americas. These two certainly shoot sparks and brandish words as if sword fighting! Snappish dialogue aside, there’s an ever-growing attraction just under the surface which adds to the tension. No story would be complete without some nefarious characters to add extra layers to an already tense plot. It certainly had me turning pages faster just to see what happens next and how both Conner and Mistress Bartholomew can eliminate the danger surrounding the estate. Lastly, I never heard of the Natchez Trace and the author certainly gives a complete picture in history. A dangerous passage wrought with highwaymen with no regard to life and the greed of money making many a wary traveler. I found this to be a historically rich, many layered, and engaging novel with the kind of character depth I so love. I would easily put this as one of my top reads of 2017, finishing it in a mere 24 hours! *I received a complimentary copy. No favorable review was required and opinions expressed here are my own. *
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    About the BookNatchez, MS; 1791Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O'Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he's sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he'll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella's shoulders after her brother was found dead About the BookNatchez, MS; 1791Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O'Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he's sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he'll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella's shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor's help, Isabella fears she'll lose her family's plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor's proposal of marriage.Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe? My ReviewI absolutely LOVED The Promise of Breeze Hill. Set in what is now known as Mississippi which at this time was controlled by the Spanish and filled with utter chaos and lawlessness. Isabella is left to run her family's plantation after her father is injured and her brother is suspiciously found dead along the Natchez Trace. And she fears they may lose everything they have. Enter Connor who is an Irish carpenter has been sold to Isabella's family. As Isabella and Connor begin falling for on another Isabella does consider accepting her wealthy neighbor's proposal just to save her family's livlihood. Isabella and Connor must also figure out who has it out for Isabella's family. The Promise of Breeze Hill is not just another historical novel, but a romance and mystery wrapped up into a satisfying adventure.
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  • Nora St Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    My heart was held captive by this Gone with the Wind feel of a story. I quickly bonded with the characters as I imagined Isabella Bartholomew to be a little like Scarlett. She had to grow up fast after her father’s injuries had him physically unable to do much. She soon becomes the heart of Breeze Hill and is responsible for its day to day functions. Behind Isabella’s sweet southern bell exterior, readers could see her fierce love for the Plantation and her keen sense of responsibility as she is My heart was held captive by this Gone with the Wind feel of a story. I quickly bonded with the characters as I imagined Isabella Bartholomew to be a little like Scarlett. She had to grow up fast after her father’s injuries had him physically unable to do much. She soon becomes the heart of Breeze Hill and is responsible for its day to day functions. Behind Isabella’s sweet southern bell exterior, readers could see her fierce love for the Plantation and her keen sense of responsibility as she is willing to sacrifice her own happiness to save her home and protect her family.The author helps readers get under the skin of the characters and feel their pain, joy and struggle in hard hopeless times. I enjoyed the splash of romance which is not the main focus of the story. I enjoyed the special moments that left me teary eyed and cheering! Readers meet Connor who had apprenticed under John W. Benson, renowned master craftsman from the Carolinas. He died and left him up for grabs. He needed a benefactor in order get his brothers to America. “Sold,” Bloomfield’s gavel beat a death knell against the table in front of him. “To Miss Isabella Bartholomew on behalf of Breeze Hill Plantation.”“Cold dread swooshed up from Conner’s stomach and exploded in his chest.”“A woman. He’d been indentured to a woman….God help him.”I felt for this man as he found himself in a precarious place after the death of his benefactor. Connor would not be done in by another pretty face. He had been masterfully manipulated by his previous plantation owners’ daughter in Ireland. It’s the very thing that had him on the run to America in the first place.Connor, Isabelle, and her father became increasingly concerned about the danger lurking in the shadows. How would she fight them? They start to prepare. I enjoyed how Isabell, her father, and Connor grow and change as the story progressed. Connor soon discovers he has the same values as Isabelle. He too would do whatever it took to have his family united againShe ignores her feelings for Connor to entertain several marriage proposals being presented. She had to think about her family. These were offers from wealthy and influential neighbors interested in her for her property. Could these very men be the ones out to steal Breeze Hill from them? Sabotage their livelihood? The author has a part where she writes in the POV of the villain which made him creepier. I liked that the author had a few surprises involving the villain I didn’t see coming.I loved this page-turning story with lots of action, suspense and just plain fun that included a horse race while ladies shopping about town. Sit back and enjoy this novel that will stay with you long after you close the book. This would make a great book club pick there is so much to discuss and the author includes 12 discussion questions. This is the first novel I’ve read by this author it won’t be the last.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.comBook Fun MagazineSVP Promotions
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The cover for this book is beautiful, and was the main reason for my choice here. The author is new to me, and I am generally not that interested in this time period and location. I've never heard of Natchez or the Trace, or familiar with the issues of the day. The benefit of reading books like this, especially with the historical fiction, is exactly that. A greater understanding of the history of an area.Connor O'Shea has been working under a well known and respected carpenter/craftsman and is The cover for this book is beautiful, and was the main reason for my choice here. The author is new to me, and I am generally not that interested in this time period and location. I've never heard of Natchez or the Trace, or familiar with the issues of the day. The benefit of reading books like this, especially with the historical fiction, is exactly that. A greater understanding of the history of an area.Connor O'Shea has been working under a well known and respected carpenter/craftsman and is now indentured to a Plantation along the Natchez Trace, MS. He was sent off to America after what he considers the biggest mistake of his life - falling for a woman far above his station. A landowners daughter in Ireland. Leaving behind his brothers he is determined to earn enough for passage to bring them to him in America. He has no idea however the dire straits that Breeze Hill is in, nor is he aware of the danger the Bartholomew family is in. They have suffered death and destruction and Isabella's father is highly suspicious that there is powers at play to bring about the downfall of his Plantation. He has lost a son, and half the home to a fire, in which he himself was also badly wounded. Connor is brought to Breeze Hill in efforts to rebuild the home, and assist what is left of his workers in getting the Plantation back on track. Isabella is desperate to prove her value, and just wants to do right by everyone. In that she makes quick decisions that place her in harms way on many an occasion, giving our hero Connor many an opportunity to step in and rescue. With many landowner suitors clamoring for her attention, Isabella has a alternative focus than what she had only mere months earlier. The sudden tragic death of her brother (and heir to the plantation) has put her on a path of trying to protect those left, including her sister in law who is pregnant with a potential new heir. There is evil at play and it seems no-one is safe along the Trace. There's times when I felt like the story lagged a little, waiting periods while we reflect on Isabella's thoughts. Connor reminds us often of the pitfalls of falling in love above your station. The author does a fine job of incorporating many elements into the plot. Highwaymen, Slave owners/traders, Upper Class, the Spanish Governor & the French baddie. Overall I give this book 3.5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley & Tyndale for the complimentary eARC. This is my honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    When I found out that author Pam Hillman’s newest offering had an Irish hero, I said, “Yes please!” I really enjoyed this novel of life that takes place in 1791 Mississippi. This was a time in which slavery was still in progress and very dangerous highwaymen roamed and terrorized the people. We have a story of a family who has had some very bad things happen to them. And as we read we see that some of these things may have been done purposely. When Isabella goes to purchase the indenture of Conn When I found out that author Pam Hillman’s newest offering had an Irish hero, I said, “Yes please!” I really enjoyed this novel of life that takes place in 1791 Mississippi. This was a time in which slavery was still in progress and very dangerous highwaymen roamed and terrorized the people. We have a story of a family who has had some very bad things happen to them. And as we read we see that some of these things may have been done purposely. When Isabella goes to purchase the indenture of Connor O’Shea she does not realize that she purchased the indenture of a real hero.I really liked the family closeness of both the main characters. Isabella is trying to run the plantation and the home while taking care of her father and very pregnant sister-in-law. Connor just wants to make enough money to send for his brothers that are still in a poverty stricken state in Ireland. There was also the unity of the community that without I wonder how any of them could have survived.There were some really interesting historical aspects to this story. One was that Connor had lived in the old world of Europe with its stages of classes and prejudice, however as he finds out America was quite different. It was interesting to learn that while a lot of slaves came from Africa, there were other countries that had their citizens sold as slaves as well. Ireland was one that was forced to add to the human trafficking conditions of the day.This story really got to me and I enjoyed reading every minute of it. It is one that will stick with me for a long time to come. The romance was delightful, the danger was real even though we were unaware of the source, and the history was deep and rich. I was provided with a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure which character I liked reading about more, Isabella or Connor. And then putting the two of them together?! It was beyond entertaining. Between Connor's wit and sarcasm, and Isabella's determination and grit, it seemed destined these two would get under each other's skin. In a charming way of course! Their growing attraction for one another was not lost on me, no matter how much they tried to deny it. The banter between these two characters was my favorite part of the book, and last I'm not sure which character I liked reading about more, Isabella or Connor. And then putting the two of them together?! It was beyond entertaining. Between Connor's wit and sarcasm, and Isabella's determination and grit, it seemed destined these two would get under each other's skin. In a charming way of course! Their growing attraction for one another was not lost on me, no matter how much they tried to deny it. The banter between these two characters was my favorite part of the book, and lasted right up until the end.The author did a wonderful job in mixing suspense, romance, family, and survival in this story. The story flowed beautifully, and my eyes were not going anywhere until I saw the words "the end". Perhaps what captured my attention the most was the prayers the characters were quick to say. They didn't have to be long and drawn out, just enough to grab my attention. I like seeing faith in my leading characters without being too preachy. I want it to be natural, and this was very natural.Bottom line - this is a great story. The setting is beautiful, the characters are strong, and while there are some heavy topics written, there are some comical and light hearted scenes interwoven that allow you to regroup and carry on. Highly recommend you give this a try. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • ASC Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Good read. I really wanted to read this one and was so happy I got the opportunity to. Pam comes up with some of the best plots, and I've always enjoyed her writing. The only thing that made this a good read instead of a GREAT read was simply because of some of the jumpiness of scenes and also a little too much kissing for me! LOL! Now don't get me wrong I don't mind kissing scenes, and when they're done well I enjoy them! But I just felt there were too many and some were at strange times, in my Good read. I really wanted to read this one and was so happy I got the opportunity to. Pam comes up with some of the best plots, and I've always enjoyed her writing. The only thing that made this a good read instead of a GREAT read was simply because of some of the jumpiness of scenes and also a little too much kissing for me! LOL! Now don't get me wrong I don't mind kissing scenes, and when they're done well I enjoy them! But I just felt there were too many and some were at strange times, in my personal opinion. LOL! I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say I wish some of the kisses were placed differently in the story or cut out all together. The characters are great though, and I can't wait to read about Connor's other brothers! Connor himself is a great character, though a bit on the stubborn side, though any Irish character worth his salt should be! ;) And I both loved and got frustrated with Isabella. Strong and capable one moment and a tad timid the next, there were scenes in this book that blew me away and I want to read them again and again! I LOVE when Isabella was strong! Then end felt a tad rushed to me, though I enjoyed how Pam brought everything together! Overall it was a nice read and I'm enjoyed many aspects of Isabella and Connor's journey.Songs: "He Leadeth Me" performed by The Cluster Pluckers, "Come To Jesus" by Chris Rice Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASCJeremiah 29:11~ASC*I requested and received this book from Tyndale for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Promise of Breeze Hill. ~ASC
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  • Hayden
    January 1, 1970
    I will never not be drawn to this cover's particular shade of green. And the delicate flower, toile-like pattern? I know, I know. I tend to be swayed by a pretty cover too often. And this one, while not technically historically accurate, is just so pretty! The composition of it is also different and pleasing. While the synopsis didn't immediately capture me, I was interested in The Promise of Breeze Hill because it takes place in the post-revolutionary war south. That's not a setting we see much I will never not be drawn to this cover's particular shade of green. And the delicate flower, toile-like pattern? I know, I know. I tend to be swayed by a pretty cover too often. And this one, while not technically historically accurate, is just so pretty! The composition of it is also different and pleasing. While the synopsis didn't immediately capture me, I was interested in The Promise of Breeze Hill because it takes place in the post-revolutionary war south. That's not a setting we see much of, so I wanted to check it out. Unfortunately, this book didn't click with me, and is an example of the reason I generally avoid Romance (as in the modern genre, rather than well-written romantic relationships between two characters that can exist in any type of book). I couldn't get past the cliches and contrived scenarios for me to enjoy this one. Obviously this genre is popular for a reason, and some people really like it. I'm just not one of them: the basic plot is a bit too familiar, the character archetypes a bit too typical. The writing style itself wasn't bad by any means: it flowed well. Still, sadly, this one wasn't a good one for me.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Tanya
    January 1, 1970
    "The Promise of Breeze Hill" is the first book of the Natchez Trace series. I have never heard of the Natchez Trace before and that is exactly why I like historical fiction - it always brings up something to look up later. The modern Natchez Trace roughly follows the Old Natchez Trace, which used to be a 500 mile foot path that connected Mississippi to Tennessee.This book brushes upon the issues of slavery, indentured servanthood, outlaws, and way of life in the deep South. It has a lot of roman "The Promise of Breeze Hill" is the first book of the Natchez Trace series. I have never heard of the Natchez Trace before and that is exactly why I like historical fiction - it always brings up something to look up later. The modern Natchez Trace roughly follows the Old Natchez Trace, which used to be a 500 mile foot path that connected Mississippi to Tennessee.This book brushes upon the issues of slavery, indentured servanthood, outlaws, and way of life in the deep South. It has a lot of romance, some adventures, danger, intrigue, and even action, which made it easier to read, it was not overly soapy. The characters are likable and I really enjoy reading about this historic period. I am looking forward to read more of the series.
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  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this one. Review posting on the blog later this week.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise of Breeze Hill is a wonderful read. I am a huge fan of American historical fiction and I love that this book is set during the 1790s in Mississippi. I admire Connor and his determination to make sure his brothers in Ireland are able to join him. Isabella is not your typical plantation owner's daughter and I love how strong of a woman she is considering the times in history. I love this story, it is among my top favorites of the year and I highly recommend it.100 stars.I received this The Promise of Breeze Hill is a wonderful read. I am a huge fan of American historical fiction and I love that this book is set during the 1790s in Mississippi. I admire Connor and his determination to make sure his brothers in Ireland are able to join him. Isabella is not your typical plantation owner's daughter and I love how strong of a woman she is considering the times in history. I love this story, it is among my top favorites of the year and I highly recommend it.100 stars.I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel)Author: Pam HillmanPages: 408Year: 2017Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.My rating is 4 stars out of 5 stars.The year is 1791 and the place is Natchez Under-the-Hill. Isabella Bartholomew finds herself in charge of the crops, the plantation, her recently widowed and pregnant sister-in-law, her injured father who is slowly recovering from burns suffered in a house fire as well as hiring a carpenter to repair the damage done to her ho Title: The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel)Author: Pam HillmanPages: 408Year: 2017Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.My rating is 4 stars out of 5 stars.The year is 1791 and the place is Natchez Under-the-Hill. Isabella Bartholomew finds herself in charge of the crops, the plantation, her recently widowed and pregnant sister-in-law, her injured father who is slowly recovering from burns suffered in a house fire as well as hiring a carpenter to repair the damage done to her home by a fire. She has a good head for numbers and is talented at drawing up potential house plans, but when it comes to business she learns it is very much a man’s world. Therefore, she enlists the help of her new carpenter, Connor O’Shea. He has indentured himself to the Bartholomews in exchange for passage from Ireland to America for his four brothers.Connor begins work on clearing debris left from the fire so he can begin rebuilding an entire wing of the plantation home. He isn’t thrilled to be working for a woman, but keeps in mind his end goal of bringing his brothers to America. They begin to work together and sparks fly. Connor also discovers a dangerous group of men who are riding across Breeze Hill property at night. Are they the ones responsible for Isabella’s brother’s murder? He begins to wonder if the fire that destroyed a third of the home as well as some of their cotton crop was set on purpose. Since the mourning period is almost over for Isabella in regards to her brother, suitors begin to come calling. They all live nearby and have their eye on the many acres of Breeze Hill as well as the beautiful Isabella. Connor has had a bad experience with a woman from the upper class before, so he is wary of his feelings for Isabella and her feelings for him. Can he trust her not to break his heart?I loved the setting of this story and could visualize the plantation home in my mind, the clothes worn and the crops in the fields. The plot was predictable, but nonetheless a pleasure to read. The chemistry between Connor and Isabella was believable and got me engaged in the story right away. Isabella’s anger with God was realistic and her questions to Him valid. Her sudden realization of her life from God’s perspective and His will was authentic as well as how she had been acting toward Him was a real “aha” moment for her. I also liked Connor’s protectiveness toward Isabella. I hope there are more books in the works in this series because I will definitely be reading them!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise of Breeze Hill (2017) by Pam Hillman is the first book in the Natchez Trace series. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 416 pages in length. With a crazy-busy full-time job and a precocious five year old at home, this novel took me six days to read. I give this novel 4 STARS. This book is a Christian Historical Romance.I enjoyed reading this highly engaging novel. The action! My goodness, so much action! Every time I turned a page there was another struggle on Isabe The Promise of Breeze Hill (2017) by Pam Hillman is the first book in the Natchez Trace series. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 416 pages in length. With a crazy-busy full-time job and a precocious five year old at home, this novel took me six days to read. I give this novel 4 STARS. This book is a Christian Historical Romance.I enjoyed reading this highly engaging novel. The action! My goodness, so much action! Every time I turned a page there was another struggle on Isabella’s plantation, or a crazed herd of wild boars stampeding, or a knife-wielding villain out to kill someone, or another fist fight. The action is awesome. There is literally no way to be bored by this book. In fact, a couple of times I was hoping for a little more down time so I could regain my breath! LOL!I really loved the characters in this book. The villains are genuinely villainous. They feel authentic as criminals, ranging from low class, uneducated thieves to power-hungry, wealthy plantation owners willing to do anything for another dollar. Sometimes you read a novel, and the bad guy feels stereotypical (bad guy mustache and all), but that was not the case with this book. I was truly worried for Isabella a couple of times when she had the great misfortune of being in these men’s presence.As for the hero and heroine, Connor and Isabella are lovely! I very much enjoyed watching the course of their relationship play out. Both characters feel real. Connor, a handsome Irish man, becomes Isabella’s indentured servant. He works incredibly hard not to fall in love with Isabella, but that doesn’t quite work out. There is great tension at the beginning of the story between the two leading characters. And, he is a genuine hero. He constantly steps in and saves the day putting his own life on the line for several of the characters. He’s a swoon-worthy leading man!I felt really badly for Isabella at the beginning of the book. She has to overcome so much: abandonment, the death of a loved one, an ailing father, and several death threats. Not to mention, she is trying desperately hard to keep her plantation up and running even though someone is setting her up for failure. It’s a lot! But, none of it feels overdone or over-the-top. Sometimes life really does give you lemons, and life walloped Isabella with a whole barrel full! But, she goes through her storms and overcomes these issues very realistically and, by the end of the novel, with her faith in God stronger than ever. Her happy ending is truly deserved!Overall, I highly recommend this novel. There is great action and intrigue, a sweet romance, great family presence, and a great theme: when in doubt, rely on God. He will get you through the toughest of storms! I am glad that I picked this book up, and look forward to more stories in this series.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise of Breeze Hills, written by Pam Hillman, is set in Natchez, Mississippi in 1791. Connor O'Shea was indentured to a master craftsman who past away. He was to continue working to pay for passage for his brothers to come to the United States. He is being auctioned off and Isabella Bartholomew has purchased his papers. The Bartholomew plantation has been struck by bad luck. The house caught fire along with their cotton fields. Her father was severely injured in the house fire. Shortly af The Promise of Breeze Hills, written by Pam Hillman, is set in Natchez, Mississippi in 1791. Connor O'Shea was indentured to a master craftsman who past away. He was to continue working to pay for passage for his brothers to come to the United States. He is being auctioned off and Isabella Bartholomew has purchased his papers. The Bartholomew plantation has been struck by bad luck. The house caught fire along with their cotton fields. Her father was severely injured in the house fire. Shortly after, Isabella's brother was killed by highwaymen. Isabella is now responsible for the running of the family home. With the loss of the cotton, they were not able to keep on their employees and only a few have remained. Her family does not believe in having slaves and there are not enough employees to do all the work. Connor is to repair the house in exchange of the Bartholomew's bringing his brothers to the area. Even though Connor reports to Mr. Bartholomew, he has to work with Isabella and at times this is a struggle as they both have feeling for each other that they are trying to ignore.Connor finds out they have a sawmill as well. With the help of a few employees, he starts cutting trees to make lumber to rebuild the house. One day Pastor Horne and his family stop by and ask to work in exchange of a place to stay, as his wife is expecting another child. The entire Horne family pitch in to help, some working at the sawmill, some on the house and some in the fields.As the family's mourning period comes to an end, men from the surrounding area come to visit Isabella. A neighbor, Nolan Braxton, plans to marry her to get the plantation to carry out his business.This is a good story. I enjoyed reading about the strength and determination that Isabella had to try to save her family's home and plantation. As well as the sacrifice Connor is making to help bring all his brothers from Ireland. Connor also gives assistance to those he meets that are in need. He also finds little things Mr. Bartholomew can do to give him something to do besides sit in his room. I appreciate the faith that the characters have. Even though the family does not have extra to spare, they take on the pastor's family. This story is fast paced with mystery and suspense woven through out it. The romance is not so strong that it overwhelms the story. The story is so well written it is easy to imagine the storm as well as the dangers the characters face. There a a lot of characters, but they are well introduced and easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading early American historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing. This is my honest review.
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  • The Books and Biscuits Blog
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise of Breeze Hill – Pam Hillman (4 Stars)The Promise of Breeze Hill begins Ms. Hillman’s Natchez Trace series, set in Natchez, Mississippi, in the late eighteenth century. Connor O’Shea intends to indenture himself and his skills as a carpenter to bring his brothers to America from Ireland. Without the necessary skilled labor to rebuild her father’s plantation, Isabella Bartholomew purchases Connor’s indenture, counting on a successful harvest to provide the necessary funds to carry out The Promise of Breeze Hill – Pam Hillman (4 Stars)The Promise of Breeze Hill begins Ms. Hillman’s Natchez Trace series, set in Natchez, Mississippi, in the late eighteenth century. Connor O’Shea intends to indenture himself and his skills as a carpenter to bring his brothers to America from Ireland. Without the necessary skilled labor to rebuild her father’s plantation, Isabella Bartholomew purchases Connor’s indenture, counting on a successful harvest to provide the necessary funds to carry out her side of the agreement. Together, Isabella and Connor work toward rebuilding Breeze Hill Plantation in the face of an unknown threat that has led to the loss of Isabella’s brother, the destruction of part of the plantation house, and left her father severely injured. As the threats continue, Isabella must choose between marrying a wealthy neighbor or following her heart, as she hopes that one path may lead to the peace and reassurance that she has been looking for all of along.Set in the late eighteenth century, The Promise of Breeze Hill offers a fascinating plot unique to its location and period. Ms. Hillman presents a compelling beginning to her Natchez Trace series.Overall, I quite enjoyed reading The Promise of Breeze Hill. Although I am otherwise unfamiliar with Ms. Hillman’s work, this story set itself apart from many other concepts frequently found in the historical Christian fiction genre. I would have liked to see a little more context, possibly in the form of an author’s note at the beginning of the book, to explain more about the place and period of the book, as I could see quite a few readers being completely unfamiliar with this setting. However, readers will find that it is well worth reading the book, especially to learn about the mixture of cultures and influences in the Netchez area during the late eighteenth century. Additionally, I really enjoyed seeing a significant Christian component in this novel. In general, I thought the book (at least in its ARC form) would have benefited from some additional editing, but I’m sure that a significant amount of those errors would have been fixed by the time of the novel’s official release. Based on the unique storyline and characters of this novel, I am looking forward to seeing where Ms. Hillman takes this series next.Special thanks to NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers for an advanced copy of The Promise of Breeze Hill!Thanks!Brittany at the Books and Biscuits BlogPS. To see the full review, please visit http://booksandbiscuits.com/blog/2017.... Thanks!
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise of Breeze HillA Natchez Trace Novel #1By Pam HillmanIf there is one thing for certain it is that the Natchez Trace is dangerous and Isabella Bartholomew's family knows this. With the murder of her brother and a fire that has incapacitated her father Isabella needs help with their plantation. And fortunately, she is able to secure the skills of Connor O'Shea.And unfortunately for Connor O'Shea, Isabella Bartholomew bought his papers of indenture. The last thing he wants is to find him The Promise of Breeze HillA Natchez Trace Novel #1By Pam HillmanIf there is one thing for certain it is that the Natchez Trace is dangerous and Isabella Bartholomew's family knows this. With the murder of her brother and a fire that has incapacitated her father Isabella needs help with their plantation. And fortunately, she is able to secure the skills of Connor O'Shea.And unfortunately for Connor O'Shea, Isabella Bartholomew bought his papers of indenture. The last thing he wants is to find himself working for a lady of property who will again ruin his life on a whim. But Connor needs the work to bring his brothers over from Ireland.Connor's carpentry skills are just what Isabella needs to repair the damage done to her home. But Breeze Hill Plantation needs much more than a rebuilt wing. And Connor finds himself filling a much larger role than what he had agreed to. And spending more time with Isabella is not high on his list of tasks but her father has allowed her to assume much of his responsibility in his stead.But soon the danger, that targeted travelers, seems to be focused on Breeze Hill and the Bartholomew family. Is there a reason they've targeted and were their past mishaps instead a deliberate attempt to destroy them? The Promise of Breeze Hill is an interesting book with a few unexpected twists along the way. This book deals with various issues including loyalty, family, and slavery all of which were of utmost importance in how this story played out. Some characters one is instantly drawn to while others are almost instantly disliked and believe me the dislike factor doesn't abate as the story unfolds. As a series starting point, I'm interested to see where this series goes. And in case you're wondering this story does not end in a cliffhanger and in and of itself is complete.This book would be an excellent choice for a book club and there are discussion questions included after the story as is a note by the author giving a bit of historical background concerning the setting. And those who have a fondness for early American history will enjoy this book. And if you were to judge a book by its cover this one is lovely, by the way.Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book with the expectations of a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
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  • Judybelle
    January 1, 1970
    https://t.co/lpDxLzg2Sk The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel) by Pam HillmanWhen I first read of this book, my interest was piqued because I have lived on or very near the Natchez Trace for over 40 years. I knew that it was a “MUST READ” for me……..The story takes place in 1791 when the trace was rough wagon trail where highwaymen, robbers and murderers roamed to prey on the travelers. Breeze Hill is a cotton plantation that sets along the trace, a ways up from Natchez. The plantatio https://t.co/lpDxLzg2Sk The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel) by Pam HillmanWhen I first read of this book, my interest was piqued because I have lived on or very near the Natchez Trace for over 40 years. I knew that it was a “MUST READ” for me……..The story takes place in 1791 when the trace was rough wagon trail where highwaymen, robbers and murderers roamed to prey on the travelers. Breeze Hill is a cotton plantation that sets along the trace, a ways up from Natchez. The plantation has suffered a great loss as a fire burned the cotton field and also a whole wing of the house. The owner Bartholomew was also severely burned and almost died. The then young newly married heir was killed by robbers one night on the Trace. There are very few workers left on the plantation and very little money until the cotton crop comes in. This leaves the daughter Isabella pretty much in charge now. While in Natchez she notices a servant up for bids, so she buys his papers in exchange for the promise to bring his brothers over from Ireland. Connor O’Shea as an indentured servant knows his place and is determined to remain in the place of a servant. He never counted on his attraction to the beautiful Isabella. He becomes an invaluable worker to Breeze Hill. The other servants look to him for orders and even the Master confers with him. As they fight against their attraction to one another, so many thing are taking place to deceive and destroy the Bartholomews and Breeze Hill….. This is a great American Historical novel that is filled with suspense and danger with christian principles. Hillman writes well and brings her characters and scenes to life before your eyes. You feel that you are right there experiencing the danger, holding your breath. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of her books…….I received a copy from Tyndale Publishing and I am happy to leave a review.
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  • maryreads
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful start to a series I'm definately excited about!This book is well written, the historical setting is fascinating, the characters engaging, and the romance endearing.If you enjoy stories about the most unlikely suitors, this is your book.Isabella Bartholomew once lived a pampured life. But circumstances surrounding her family have changed and unexpected responsibilities have ended up being set upon her shoulder. Now her heart is set on one thing: bring her farm back to what it once was t Wonderful start to a series I'm definately excited about!This book is well written, the historical setting is fascinating, the characters engaging, and the romance endearing.If you enjoy stories about the most unlikely suitors, this is your book.Isabella Bartholomew once lived a pampured life. But circumstances surrounding her family have changed and unexpected responsibilities have ended up being set upon her shoulder. Now her heart is set on one thing: bring her farm back to what it once was to relieve her family from some of their ache. Even though she can count on a group of loyal servants and a loving father, she's determined to carry her burdens alone.Connor O'Shea is more than surprised when his contract is bought by a woman. He's had his enough share of attraction to a pretty aristocratic face and won't let something like that distract him ever again. His one goal is to work with all his might to bring his brothers to America. But Isabella's fierceness and determination will take him off guard and begin to grow in him an enexpected sense of protection.I found myself completely loss in this story surrounded by people who faced a hard turn in life, but are willing to honestly and brevely fight for each other. This is somewhat of a contrast to other characters present in the story who don't measure consequences to achieve their greedy desires. There is a lot of cruelty facing this time in America's and a lot of prejudice blinding people to forget to treat each other with dignity. But among an unlikely set of wealthy and influent people, Connor will find a set of the most loyal and compassionate friends he could ask for - a group of people he finds himself willing to give and receive love from.**Many thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review
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  • Anne Rightler
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise of Breeze Hill is a captivating historical romance by Pam Hillman. The book is set in the late 1700s along the Natchez Trace, a historic forest trail extending from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. Carpenter Connor O'Shea has indentured himself to Breeze Hill Plantation in the hopes of earning enough to bring his brothers from Ireland to live with him. Isabella, daughter of the owner of the plantation, has a lot on her shoulders with not only her father recovering from The Promise of Breeze Hill is a captivating historical romance by Pam Hillman. The book is set in the late 1700s along the Natchez Trace, a historic forest trail extending from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. Carpenter Connor O'Shea has indentured himself to Breeze Hill Plantation in the hopes of earning enough to bring his brothers from Ireland to live with him. Isabella, daughter of the owner of the plantation, has a lot on her shoulders with not only her father recovering from injuries and her recently widowed sister-in-law soon to give birth but also the responsibilities of the plantation to contend with. Her faith in God is gone...so many tragedies have happened. Why? Who is behind it all? With Connor's arrival, the sparks begin to fly between him and Isabella. Will those sparks be strong enough to overcome the myriad of obstacles that stand in the way of a relationship between them and light the fire of romance? Readers will find a gritty book that has explosive and fast-paced action with knife fights, ambushes, a tornado, and near drownings. And there are lots of highwaymen, outlaws, and slave traders to keep the good guys on their toes. The author presents well-developed and strong characters with emotions that captivate the reader's interest and imagination and she does a fantastic job of describing the scenes, enabling the reader to feel right in the middle of the story. The Promise of Breeze Hill is well written and full of authenticity as it tells a little history of the rugged Mississippi frontier, portrays poignant family situations, and weaves a subtle thread of faith in God throughout. I am looking forward to more in the Natchez Trace series. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. I was not required to write a review and the opinions are my own.
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  • Christena
    January 1, 1970
    The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman is a Christian novel set in 1791 Mississippi along the Natchez Trace.Isabella Bartholomew came to Natchez looking for a carpenter to rebuild the wing of Breeze Hill damaged in a fire. Her father was also severely burned and still recovering. She purchases the indenture of Connor O’Shea with the terms being that he will receive passage for his four brothers from Ireland at the completion of the work. He soon learns there is more to the story than just an The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman is a Christian novel set in 1791 Mississippi along the Natchez Trace.Isabella Bartholomew came to Natchez looking for a carpenter to rebuild the wing of Breeze Hill damaged in a fire. Her father was also severely burned and still recovering. She purchases the indenture of Connor O’Shea with the terms being that he will receive passage for his four brothers from Ireland at the completion of the work. He soon learns there is more to the story than just an accidental fire; the cotton crop was destroyed by the fire and finances are very strained. He and Isabella also become closer and he is torn about his feelings for her as she is the mistress of the plantation. Is someone out to destroy Breeze Hill and why? Can Isabella and Connor save the plantation? Pam Hillman is an excellent story teller and this one does not disappoint. The characters are described in detail and come to life on the page; the bad guys are truly evil and I was concerned when Isabella was in their presence. There are many twists and turns to the story; I couldn’t put it down wondering what secrets would be revealed next. Who can be trusted? Who has the most to gain by taking over Breeze Hill? Can being kind to strangers be dangerous? All of these questions are answered and some in very unexpected ways. I do have to admit the ending left me with some questions and I wonder if a sequel may be in the works. This book is a definite 5 of 5 stars. Everyone who enjoys Christian novels will not want to miss this one!I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know that I have read any books by Pam Hillman, but she is worth the time to read. The Promise of Breeze Hill is the story of several people trying to tie themselves to the coat tails of the plantation called Breeze Hill. One of the surest ways to get their grubby little hands on the land is to marry the daughter of the owner, Isabella Bartholomew. What most of the men don't realize is that Isabella's widowed sister-in-law is pregnant and her baby may be the heir to inherit the plantatio I don't know that I have read any books by Pam Hillman, but she is worth the time to read. The Promise of Breeze Hill is the story of several people trying to tie themselves to the coat tails of the plantation called Breeze Hill. One of the surest ways to get their grubby little hands on the land is to marry the daughter of the owner, Isabella Bartholomew. What most of the men don't realize is that Isabella's widowed sister-in-law is pregnant and her baby may be the heir to inherit the plantation. The full gamut of characters populate the pages of this book--impostors, posers, milquetoasts, and ruffians. Isabella and her family are the primary honest characters with a couple of other exceptions--one being Connor O'Shea, an Irish immigrant who has indentured himself in order to bring his brothers from Ireland.From the time that Isabella bought Connor's indenture papers through the end of the book, Connor has felt it was his duty to protect Isabella. When she gets a message that Leah, her sister-in-law, is having trouble with her baby, she leaves from Natchez to get back to Breeze Hill. Connor decided to accompany her and it was a good thing he did. Her trip wasn't as dire as she originally thought, and she didn't need to put herself into more danger than she already faced.This is a good book, with quality writing, but it didn't engage me. I can't put my finger on what I didn't like about it, but it's still a four star book.My thanks to Tyndale House for allowing me to read and review this book.
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  • Barb Klein
    January 1, 1970
    I was delighted to read “The Promise of Breeze Hill” by Pam Hillman. I loved this book because of the sweet romance, the mysteries surrounding the Natchez Trace, the intrigue and the way that life during that time period was described.An indentured carpenter, Connor O’Shea is chosen by Isabella Bartholomew for his help on her father’s plantation. There have been many tragedies in the Bartholomew family of late and at the beginning of the book, no one suspected that someone wanted the Bartholomew I was delighted to read “The Promise of Breeze Hill” by Pam Hillman. I loved this book because of the sweet romance, the mysteries surrounding the Natchez Trace, the intrigue and the way that life during that time period was described.An indentured carpenter, Connor O’Shea is chosen by Isabella Bartholomew for his help on her father’s plantation. There have been many tragedies in the Bartholomew family of late and at the beginning of the book, no one suspected that someone wanted the Bartholomews out. The death of the son and heir, the fiery destruction of part of the plantation house, missing stock, mysterious trespassers, and other incidents really do not come to the surface until Connor comes to the plantation. His presence puts a distinct kink in the works for the one person wanting to see the demise of Breeze Hill.I loved the book and its fast pace kept me reading long into the night until I was finished. I thought the characters in the story were well-described and their actions fit their characters. I also like a good romance and this was that. Well worth my time reading this book.I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a review. However I did review this book. You can read this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-rJ. Check out other book reviews at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.
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  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    I was first drawn in to this novel by the beautiful cover. It captures Isabella's character and the setting so well!I don't know much about the Natchez area or its' history, but Pam Hillman gave a great description that helped me visualize it without going overboard with too much detail. The vivid description of Breeze Hill made me feel as if I were walking through the rooms, seeing the layout, the furnishings, and charred remains of each room. Connor O'Shea was a hero after my own heart. Mascul I was first drawn in to this novel by the beautiful cover. It captures Isabella's character and the setting so well!I don't know much about the Natchez area or its' history, but Pam Hillman gave a great description that helped me visualize it without going overboard with too much detail. The vivid description of Breeze Hill made me feel as if I were walking through the rooms, seeing the layout, the furnishings, and charred remains of each room. Connor O'Shea was a hero after my own heart. Masculine, with a deep sense of commitment to family and protectiveness over those who are in need, and then throw in the Irish iron will and brogue...it really doesn't get much better than that! Isabella was a little bit of the damsel in distress, but never gave up on serving her injured father or those who depended on her. She was a heroine that I could respect.The overall pace of the story was steady and strong, my only concern in the beginning of the novel being that too much of the villain's motives were revealed. While I would've liked to have more suspense in that case, I was still pleasantly surprised with how the story unfolded. There was plenty of intrigue and action to keep me turning the pages til the end.I look forward to reading more of Hillman's books in the future!**I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in order to express my thoughts and opinions, which I did.**
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    Before moving to Tennessee, I had never heard of the Natchez Trace. Now, I can get to it in about twenty minutes. One day, I’d like to drive the Trace all the way to Natchez, Mississippi. Until then, I’m enjoying the beauty of the seasons along the Tennessee portion of this passage.In The Promise of Breeze Hill, Pam Hillman brings characters who live along the Mississippi portion of the trace to life. Readers get to experience the danger—both from nature and from man—of traveling along this trai Before moving to Tennessee, I had never heard of the Natchez Trace. Now, I can get to it in about twenty minutes. One day, I’d like to drive the Trace all the way to Natchez, Mississippi. Until then, I’m enjoying the beauty of the seasons along the Tennessee portion of this passage.In The Promise of Breeze Hill, Pam Hillman brings characters who live along the Mississippi portion of the trace to life. Readers get to experience the danger—both from nature and from man—of traveling along this trail in the late 1700s.Connor O’Shea, and indentured servant to Breeze Hill, knows how to push Isabella Bartholomew’s buttons and doesn’t hesitate to do so. His teasing makes him even more likeable after readers learn he’s indenturing himself in order to bring his brothers to the colonies from Ireland. Isabella is strong and determined (sometimes to the point of stubbornness).Both of these characters must come to terms with past events. Connor’s poor judgement in his youth separated him from his family. Isabella’s problems are more recent with her brother’s death and the fire that destroyed a part of her home and injured her family.There is plenty of intrigue as the residents of Breeze Hill try to unravel the mystery of who wants to hurt the family—and why. Add to it the criminals who attack travelers along the Natchez Trace that runs past Breeze Hill, the line of suitors vying for Isabella’s hand in marriage, and the growing chemistry and attraction between her and Connor, and this book kept me reading late into the wee hours of the morning as events unfolded and the truth was revealed.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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