Laura is 30, still living at home in 1940s Memphis, when she meets Henry MacAllan. Henry is nobody's idea of a Prince Charming, but Laura feels like a spinster and sees Henry as her way out. At first they are happy, but one day Henry decides to buy a farm in southern Missisippi and take his family to live there.
Jordan does a good job of examining race relations in this period, and tells a gripping story. However, I preferred her more recent futuristic novel, When She Woke .