I'm a little on the fence with this book. There is a lot that is good. The plot is original (but also totally unrealistic). The Grayson family is terrific. They have a strong sense of honor and family. Duke, the hero of the book, is the Sheriff and he sees the world in black and white. When a 'family' of women and children move into town and start a greenhouse, he is a little suspicious. Faith and her 'aunts' are trying to escape their past. The aunts are former prostitutes and Faith is the daughter of the madam of the brothel. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^SPOILER ALERT^^^^^^^^^^This is where it really starts to get strange for me. One of the aunts is Japanese, but they claim to be related and the people in the town seem to accept it. Oh, well. Faith, a woman who was raised behind a brothel in a one room shack has all this knowledge about herbs and healing. She also seems incredibly well educated, as does her little brother. Nothing is said about their education and it did make me wonder. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^END SPOILER^^^^^^^^^ Duke marries Faith, without knowing anything about her past. Two of the other former prostitutes marry respectable men in the town without knowing what the women did before. This dishonesty didn't sit well with me. The most compelling characters in the book, for me, were Adam and Rebecca. They were only 13 years old, but their honest friendship and innocent first love was endearing. I did finish the book, because I wanted to know what happened to the judge, but I have to admit that I did a lot of skimming.
Sexual situations may offend some readers.