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The Promise of Breeze Hill

(Natchez Trace #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Natchez, MS; 1791

Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O'Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he's sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he'll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published August 2017)
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At first this was shaping up to be very close to a five-star read. The prose is lyrical and the characters and circumstances very engaging. I was a bit shocked to see a French profanity in a scene, but I was still really enjoying it.

A little past the halfway point, it seemed to lose focus. Strong Isabella falls prey to worry and misunderstandings and begins to believe that the bad guy might actually hold the solution. It was still a very interesting story, but it wasn’t as compelling, and I felt
Quick review!

The Promise of Breeze Hill is the first book I've read by Pam Hillman, but I will definitely be reading more at some point. This story is historical, but focuses heavily on the romantic aspect. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but for me, it was a lighter, fluffier read than what I typically prefer. The time period and the setting are two that are interesting to me. I've been to Natchez once before, and while I'm sure things are drastically different now, it's still a place that
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I seriously loved the history and setting of this story! It's a time and place I know little about, so I was fascinated by the details of life there, the dangers and struggles, the successes and progress. The vibrant characters made it come alive and it was great to see Isabella and Connor's relationship shift throughout the book. The author chose to let us know who the villain is from the beginning so even though it wasn't a mystery who was causing the destruction, there was still heightened te ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
"If you're unwilling or unable to fulfill the terms of your indenture, now is the time to say so."

Master carpenter Connor O'Shea has been placed under a binding contract; work until he can earn enough money to secure passage to American for his four younger brothers. Never did he expect to have his papers re-purchased by a beautiful plantation owner's daughter. "God help him", was the prayer that escaped his lips when Miss Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation stepped forward at the auc
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all, I love this cover so much!
I really liked most of this book, but the last half of the book was sort of confusing and then the main characters were making strange decisions and judgments and fighting against having the happy ending they both wanted for what seemed to be very petty reasons. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was very good for most of the book... until they were insisting that they hated each other near the end. And then boom, suddenly they admitted they didn’
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Solid historical romance novel. The Promise of Breeze Hill is primarily about Connor O'Shea, an immigrant from Ireland and Isabella Bartholomew, the daughter of an injured plantation owner. Connor's focus is earning passage for his four younger brothers from Ireland to America while Isabella is trying to keep her family plantation afloat after the loss of her brother.

The story isn't heavy on historical detail but provides enough to put the reader in the correct setting. Readers will definitely s
Andrea Cox
There are spoilers in my review.

This is a hard review for me to write. I never like to point out things I didn't like in a book. It's even tougher when I was looking forward to the book for a while because the premise sounded so great and the cover was beautiful. I was really disappointed in this book. I had rather hoped it would be a keeper and a new author to enjoy for me. Sadly, it was a complete miss for me, the first chapter excepted.

This book annoyed me more than anything. From several Fre
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
So good!
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gobsmacked doesn't even begin to describe the way I'm feeling right now as I sit in a discombobulated 'the-morning-after-a-frenzied-reading-night' stupor. I only have two words.

Connor O'Shea.

Give me a moment to rally my sensibilities, but you might have to move my dog-eared copy of Breeze Hill to another room so I'm not tempted to...rats...just a sec while I read a particularly toe-curling moment over again.

Blissful sigh. Okay, I'm back. Goodness, that Connor!(insert fangirl swooning emoji here.
Maureen Timerman
I loved this book what a great look at the late 1700’s in the now known state of Mississippi, which was under Spanish control at that point, and a lot of lawlessness.
Connor O’Shea is a desperate man; he needs to be reunited with his brothers that are still in Ireland, so he puts himself in indenture to help. He is a master carpenter, and that is exactly what Isabella Bartholomew needs, she has lost so much and needs his help desperately, and thus the connection is made.
The author has woven such
I will never not be drawn to this cover's particular shade of green. And the delicate flower, toile-like pattern? I know, I know. I tend to be swayed by a pretty cover too often. And this one, while not technically historically accurate, is just so pretty! The composition of it is also different and pleasing. While the synopsis didn't immediately capture me, I was interested in The Promise of Breeze Hill because it takes place in the post-revolutionary war south. That's not a setting we see much ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:
I honestly don't know why it took me so long to start this book. But it did. I was captivated by the first few pages. And while it took me about 2 weeks to actually read the book, I'm so glad that I finally got around to it.

I loved Connor. I loved how he was determined to keep Isabella safe at all costs. I loved how she was just as determined to not let him. I also enjoyed learning more about the history of Natchez as most of my knowledge of that town comes from the form of the musi
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Finally!! Haha, after waiting a week for a complete copy to come in the mail, I was at last able to read the last 14 pages!
Such a sweeping and delightful read, set in an era and place that aren't too common (at least in my own reading experience). I really enjoyed learning a bit about the Trace. I loved the two principal characters. There was a lot of focus on the physical attraction, but they were both such great characters it kind of went unsaid that their interest saw beyond the face
Amanda Tero
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I read book two before I read book one, and it did slightly spoil some of the things in this book (so definitely read these in order!). At the same time, I was still able to enjoy the book. Both Connor and Isabella were very likable characters.

As for plot and writing style, I did really like this book. I’ll expound more later, but the plot wasn’t much apart from the romance. There was non-romance plot, but in my opinion, it could have definitely been strengthened and made a lot more intense (of
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book immensely. Historical novels aren't my favorite genre, but this kept me so interested and I was fascinated about this time in history. There were somethings I was not aware of or didn't think about. Such as being an indentured servant and the lawlessness of that time. I loved all of the characters in the book and thought they were well written. Pam Hillman is a new author to me and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing and I am looking forward to the next book in the series! ...more
Natalie Monk
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle-read
Connor: A gentle, protective, swoon-worthy hero. Irish. Isabella: A gutsy heroine determined to save her struggling plantation home. 

They both dearly love their families and put their heart and soul into pursuing their goals.

Secondary characters in this novel are memorable as well! Many unique and vivid portraits of Southern folk. This heroine has a mystery tied to her mother, which was intriguing. And I found it interesting to watch her grow from an impetuous young girl into her role
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I found out that author Pam Hillman’s newest offering had an Irish hero, I said, “Yes please!” I really enjoyed this novel of life that takes place in 1791 Mississippi. This was a time in which slavery was still in progress and very dangerous highwaymen roamed and terrorized the people. We have a story of a family who has had some very bad things happen to them. And as we read we see that some of these things may have been done purposely. When Isabella goes to purchase the indenture of Conn ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was interesting to learn a bit more about the South at a time we hardly ever study--after the American Revolution, when it left British hands and became controlled by Spain (but before Napoleon took control and sold it to America). Even then there were contentions over slavery, and it was particularly interesting to learn about the white slavery that the British had perpetrated. Highwaymen and disreputable folk abounded in the relatively recently-settled territory, leaving room for adventure. ...more
Dana Michael
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved This Book

I have found a new to me author and I am in reader heaven. I love romance and I love history. The author blended the two beautifully. Being from the south I enjoyed learning about Natchez and plantations along the Trace. This book had suspense in it as well. I kept turning the pages to find out how it all would end up. I loved the hero. Let's talk awesome kissing scenes. Wow!! I totally swooned. This is what I love in books. Sweet romances and swoony heroes. I can't wait to read m
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to say the first meet with Connor O’ Shea up on the auction block; I knew my heart was in trouble! As soon as I heard his Irish lilt, I was in deep waters and didn’t care if I drowned. His sparkling green eyes and crooked smile added to his charm, the more I got to know his character in the story, the more I knew he was a man of integrity, gentle faith, and a rare steadfastness. A man one could count on in a pinch, reliable as the snow in winter and a great protector of those he feels res ...more
Nora St Laurent
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My heart was held captive by this Gone with the Wind feel of a story. I quickly bonded with the characters as I imagined Isabella Bartholomew to be a little like Scarlett. She had to grow up fast after her father’s injuries had him physically unable to do much. She soon becomes the heart of Breeze Hill and is responsible for its day to day functions. Behind Isabella’s sweet southern bell exterior, readers could see her fierce love for the Plantation and her keen sense of responsibility as she is ...more
Patricia Bradley
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it and will be back later with a review! And now I'm back.

Conner's Irish brogue drew me in with the first sentence! He is a swoon-worthy hero--strong, honorable and his own man. Something he needed when he indentured himself to Miss Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation so that he could bring his brothers over from Ireland. She is headstrong and he is stubborn, but when the outside forces from a den of thieves on the Natchez Trace threatened Breeze Hill, their differences were
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The cover for this book is beautiful, and was the main reason for my choice here. The author is new to me, and I am generally not that interested in this time period and location. I've never heard of Natchez or the Trace, or familiar with the issues of the day. The benefit of reading books like this, especially with the historical fiction, is exactly that. A greater understanding of the history of an area.

Connor O'Shea has been working under a well known and respected carpenter/craftsman and is
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Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O'Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he's sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he'll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella's shoulders after her brother was found dead
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Following the death of her brother and her father’s subsequent injuries, Isabella Bartholemew is left in control of her family plantation of Breeze Hill on the Natchez Trace. She needs labour. Her father is opposed to slavery. So she hires an indentured Irish carpenter to rebuild the estate—Connor O’Shea.

I liked Isabella. She was a strong woman who was prepared to do what needed to be done to protect her family and her home. And there were a lot of threats. Natchez in 1791 wasn’t a safe place fo
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I saved so many great books for my birthday reading vacation and it seems so wonderful to have so many good books to read.
This was set in a time period that I don't always read too much about, and with some mystery intertwined as well as an Irish indentured servant, there was so much going for it.
Plus, Pam Hillman is a talented story teller and I have enjoyed her other books, so I knew I would love this one! I was not wrong. If you like historical fiction, pick this one up.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Connor is a man determined to not repeat the past. Isabella is a woman fighting for her family's future. Both face danger, hardships and the truth that God is with us even when things go wrong.
I enjoyed the pace in this book, the author wove action and drama together well without letting the plot drag at all. I stayed up late to finnish this one! I will be looking for more from this author.
Once Upon a Romance Reviews
4.5 Stars

Reviewed by Eva

Sexual Content: Subtle

Language Content: Mild

Violent Content: Minimal

Isabella Bartholomew is struggling to maintain her plantation in pre-Civil War Natchez. With her brother dead and her father seriously injured and a recent fire that destroyed her crops, Isabella needs all the help she can get. And help comes in the form of an Irish man called Connor O’Shea, who is desperate for money to bring his brothers over from Ireland to the American frontier. He indentures hi
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I'm not sure which character I liked reading about more, Isabella or Connor. And then putting the two of them together?! It was beyond entertaining. Between Connor's wit and sarcasm, and Isabella's determination and grit, it seemed destined these two would get under each other's skin. In a charming way of course! Their growing attraction for one another was not lost on me, no matter how much they tried to deny it. The banter between these two characters was my favorite part of the book, and last ...more
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