Maureen O’Reilly and her younger sister flee Ireland in
hope of claiming the life promised to their father over twenty years
before. After surviving the rigors of Ellis Island, Maureen learns that
their benefactor, Colonel Wakefield, has died. His family, refusing to
own his Civil War debt, casts her out. Alone, impoverished, and in
danger of deportation, Maureen connives to obtain employment in a
prominent department store. But she soon discovers that the elegant
facade hides a secret that threatens every vulnerable woman in the city.

Despite
her family’s disapproval, Olivia Wakefield determines to honor her
father’s debt but can’t find Maureen. Unexpected help comes from a local
businessman, whom Olivia begins to see as more than an ally, even as
she fears the secrets he’s hiding. As women begin disappearing from the
store, Olivia rallies influential ladies in her circle to help Maureen
take a stand against injustice and fight for the lives of their growing
band of sisters. But can either woman open her heart to divine leading
or the love it might bring?

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Cathy Gohlke, a two-time Christy Award-winning author, has worked as a school librarian, drama director, and director of children's and education ministries. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, she, her husband, and their dog, Reilly, make their home on the banks of the Laurel Run in Elkton, Maryland.

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