Pam Hillman. The Promise of Breeze Hill. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2017.
I always enjoy trying new author, new series, and stories that explore new places and historical periods. Fortunately, Pam Hillman’s latest release fits all of these criteria.
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.
Fans of Ms. Hillman’s previous works will likely enjoy reading The Promise of Breeze Hill. Additionally, readers who appreciate unique examples of historical Christian fiction will find this story to be well worth reading.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers for an advanced copy of The Promise of Breeze Hill!
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