In the aftermath of the Civil War, former Confederate soldier Gage Kennon is a good samaritan to Dennis Wainwright, a Union officer, saving his life. They meet up with a family of Gypsies who welcome Gage and Dennis, after Gage saves an older woman's life. They form friendships that lead to opportunities and unconventional adventures, as well as love.
While the third in a series, there really is no connection to the previous books besides the common theme of riverboats and the time period, so this book is a complete stand alone.
Gage is a man who believes in living his faith, and his actions speak louder than words. He is a humble man, with good intentions, and a courageous heart when it counts. He admires the fiery spirit of Nadyha, a young Gypsy who has sworn off men. He is always respectful of her people's ways, while seeing past her hardened exterior.
An interesting story that slowed at times when explaining back stories or when there was a lot of Romany thrown into the dialogue. Simza is a wise and straight shooting woman, I liked the close knit family and how Gage brings light to every new situation, living his faith. There were parts of this book that I really liked, and other parts where I definitely skimmed a bit. In the end though it was an enjoyable read, though parts of it could have been tighter.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.