This is the story of Lillian Porter, orphaned as a baby and raised by her wealthy grandparents. After the death of her grandmother, her grandfather turns inward and hardened during his grief. Lillian's desire is to be able to live life; not be trapped in her grandfather’s mansion.
Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future.
After a long journey, she reaches the town of Angels Camp and hears the rumors about her employer…
Woodward Colton caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know--and Mrs. Goodman, Woody's long-time housekeeper, is decisively on Woody's side--but many in town stay far away from Lillian because of her association with the Colton family.
Lillian's six-year-old charge, Jimmy, was there when his mother died, and he hasn't spoken a word since. Gently, Lillian tries to charm him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to tell her the truth about what happened. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?
This is a wonderful story full of mystery and love. It takes something tragic and turns it into good. One thing that I took away from this book, which is also found in the Bible; the book of James, is that one should watch what they say, that gossip is harmful, and do not be quick to judge.
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