Lillian Doyle had spent her entire life trying to live up to her widowed mother’s expectations of her. Unfortunately Lillian was not very interested in the social life her mother adored and was not particularly happy with her role. Then one day she learned that everything she knew was based on a lie, especially the one she had been told about her father’s death.  

When Lillian traveled to Georgia to take care of the legalities of accepting the estate of her father who had just died, her intentions were to return home immediately after selling her father’s house and business. That was before she met a most unusual (to her) family who quickly made her feel like one of them.

Of course romance is involved as well as a touch of mystery, danger, and suspense but the book’s overwhelming message was one of encouragement to trust God and His plans for one’s life. I thoroughly enjoyed The Swindler’s Daughter and every one of its engaging characters. It may well have been one of the best books I’ve read this year and will be difficult to outdo.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author through NetGalley. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


A surprise inheritance. A cache of family secrets. A choice that will change her life forever.

Lillian Doyle has lived her entire high-society life with her widowed mother, believing her father died long ago. But when news arrives that her estranged father only recently passed away–in jail–Lillian is startled to find that the man has left a business and all of his possessions to her, making her a rather unusual heiress.

When she goes to take possession of her father’s house in a backwoods Georgia town, the dilapidated structure is already occupied by another woman who claims it was promised to her son, Jonah. In her attempts to untangle the mess, Lillian will discover not only a family she never knew she had but a family business that is more than meets the eye–and has put a target on her back.

To discover the truth and take hold of the independence she’s always dreamed of, she’ll have to make friends with adversaries and strangers–especially Jonah, the dusty and unrefined cowboy who has secret aspirations of his own.


Stephenia H. McGee is the award-winning author of many stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South, including The Secrets of Emberwild. When she’s not reading or sipping sweet tea on the front porch, she’s a writer, dreamer, husband spoiler, and busy mom of two rambunctious boys. Learn more at