Amalia Truitt, whose beauty byline in Philadelphia teaches young society girls about the benefit of makeup and independent thought, is on a train headed from Indiana to Delaware to ask for her stake in the family fortune. Living under the shadow of a second divorce that’s disappointed her family, Amalia hopes to prove to them that she’s not the same immature girl they remember. No, Amalia has become a self-made, assured professional and she hopes to prove it by applying her inheritance to founding a charity that will provide resources for women seeking divorce. Then she sees the handsome David Zisskind enter her compartment, and her memories of him – fond and not – come flashing back.
David was Amalia’s brother’s military compatriot in the V Corps, and once upon a time when she and David were teenagers they were deeply in love and indulged in a brief affair. But his lower social status kept them apart, and as David transformed himself into a dedicated soldier and then a Pinkerton detective, Amalia forgot about him and moved on with other men. Now he’s been hired by her brother Jay to guard Amalia against the death threats churned up by her second divorce.
There’s a long train ride ahead of them – a journey, it turns out, fraught with attacks from Amalia’s stalker. Can David and Amalia keep their hands to themselves? And do they even want to?
Grade: ACheck Review