The Herald, the other paper in town, is run by Blake Garrett, fresh from the North. His style of reporting is more controversial than the Tribune, tackling murders the police are reluctant to solve and taking on the Know Nothing party. Blake and Adriane, leaders of the two different papers, are certainly enemies – until they meet at a benefit and begin to get to know each other.
I found this book absolutely fascinating and very hard to put down. I love historical fiction that puts me in a place and time and actually teaches me something about it. This book did that. I had no idea of the controversy surrounding immigration in Louisville in the 1850s – so much so that there was even rioting in the city. Through this book, you learn many different viewpoints of this issue. The attraction between Blake and Adriane was very enjoyable to see unfold slowly. And Stanley Jimson is a character you are designed to hate from his very first appearance, and he only gets more disturbing as the book progresses. The characters were realistic and fascinating. You were dropped right into the time period. This is a wonderfully serious and very enjoyable book.