A very worthy follow up to Castles in the Air
No Greater Love begins in 1873 shortly after Castles in the Air left off. Desperate for a real home and family Devon Marshall agrees to marry Reed Carter and start life afresh with him in Texas, which turns out to be quite a bit rougher than she expected. Devon tries to forget her love for Keith Curtis and their child Scotty and build a new life with Reed, but he’s not the perfect man he appeared in the first book and she struggles to return his love. Their marriage is further hampered by spoiled young miss Melissa Hampton’s designs on her husband. Reed is appointed as a junior Senator to Washington DC and the Carters try for a fresh start in the Nation’s capital. Devon eventually accepts an assignment to report on a sensational trial in New York that brings her back in contact with the now widowed Keith and sparks fly once again….
Despite the impression the book’s cover would give as being just another historical romance, Gallagher’s knack of blending her characters into that of our nation’s history and the perfect touch of those wonderful little historical details of the clothes, furnishings and customs of the Victorian era made for a near perfect mix of romance and history — from the desolate landscapes of Texas, to the corrupt politics and politicians of US Grant’s presidency and more as Devon continues her career as a social reporter following the Grants on their world tour at the end of his presidency. As in the first book, Devon and Keith’s story does have a soap opera/TV mini feel to it, but I found it to be highly entertaining and frankly had a hard time putting it down. Four stars and I’m now off to start the final book in the series, On Wings Of Dreams.