Beacons of Hope #4
By Jody Hedlund
Three times Victoria Cole has been a bride-to-be, hopefully the third time will see her actually make it down the aisle and back again. But something has kept Victoria Cole from actually saying "I do." Nathaniel Winthrop III is perfect - he has wealth, an elite name, handsome and fashionable appearance, and he'll do anything for Victoria. What more could a young lady of refined society want?
But something could stand in the way of Victoria's happily ever after someone has threatened her life. And it is no idle threat as her long time bodyguard nearly lost his life protecting her. With her marriage just weeks away Henry Cole has no choice but to hire Tom Cushman to guard his daughter.
But when another attack almost succeeds, Victoria is hidden away in a secluded location known only to her father and Tom. But to pull off Tom's plan to keep her safe, the two must pose as newlyweds and convince Tom's parents of their "wedded bliss".
One problem with Tom's plan - Victoria has to leave behind the luxuries and comforts of her pampered life. Can Victoria survive a month of making due without maids and a housekeeper?
Keeping Victoria safe is Tom's number one goal. But he must keep her at arm's length if he is to finish the job with his heart intact.
But even if Victoria's attacker is caught will she ever truly feel safe?
Forever Safe can be read without reading the previous Beacons of Hope books, but it is interesting to see the series progress and read about the various light houses and the history behind them and the characters upon whom the draw on. Unlike the previous books in this series this book is not set in the Great Lakes region but rather the East Coast. Fans of historical romance will enjoy this book and fans of Jody Hedlund will enjoy this continuance in her series that has a touch of mystery that will keep you in suspense.
I was provided an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
Race Point, Massachusetts, 1876
Will she ever be able to stop running, even when she believes she’s finally safe?
Heiress to a vast fortune, Victoria Cole has everything she wants, including the perfect fiancé. Having left two other men at the altar, Victoria is sure that now she’s found her true love and will finally live happily ever after. As her wedding draws near, however, Victoria’s life is threatened. To keep her safe, Victoria’s father hires a bodyguard.
Tom Cushman’s number one priority is protecting his clients, which means no personal entanglements. But he’s never guarded someone as beautiful and winsome as Victoria. After a near-kidnapping, the wedding is cancelled, and Tom hides Victoria at Cape Cod’s Race Point Lighthouse until her attacker can be found. Appointed as assistant light keeper with Victoria posing as his wife, Tom believes the isolation of the lighthouse will keep her safe.
As Victoria struggles to live without familiar luxuries, her heart betrays her with growing feelings for her protector. Determined to help Tom stop fleeing from his haunted past, can the runaway bride learn to face her own fears? With the attacker closing in, will both of them ever be able to stop running and find the safety they long for?