In 1811, a masterpiece of literature, Sense and Sensibility, was unveiled to the world, mysteriously published under the nom de plume, A Lady, to protect the author's identity. Two centuries later in A.P. Maddox's shining literary debut, readers are welcomed to the world of Northland Cottage in a compelling fast-paced Southern tale filled with charismatic and brilliant characters written in a style reminiscent of that great work. When the Hathcock family patriarch dies, Mrs. Hathcock and her daughters find themselves in dire and unfamiliar straits-facing poverty, the prospect of a new home, and surviving on their own for the very first time. Caroline leaves her heart behind at Northland when she says goodbye to her secret love, Conner Burroughs. Ashelynn quickly finds romance in their new home in the arms of the dashingly handsome William Houston-while the respectable new family friend, Captain Harrison Lowder, admires her from afar. But the flames of young love are often the hardest to keep alight, and for both sisters romance comes with a price. Before long a new suitor will enter the sisters' lives, and southern passions and tempers truly begin to flare. No one is without secrets in the world surrounding Northland Cottage-and eventually, the truth will have to come out or their world will come crashing down. Set in the piedmont of modern-day North Carolina, money, love, history, and pride all collide in this ambitious story of the South.