Book Review,  Historical Fiction

The Swindler’s Daughter by Stephenia H McGee

This is my first book by Stephenia.


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.



I think this is my first book by Stephenia H McGee.

Stephenia H. McGee weaves a story that keeps you guessing all the way to the end. When Lillian Doyle’s world is turned upside down by the news she is to inherit her father’s estate, a father she’d believed was dead, another family’s plans are upended too. When these two families meet, things get interesting. The budding romance, together with mystery and intrigue make this story a delightful blend of hearty entertainment and, in some places, action and suspense.

I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh take on historical fiction in a town not yet embracing the new-fangled modern devices, and conveniences such as electricity and electric ice boxes! But they are on the cusp!

Jonah’s struggles to care for his mother and sisters lead him on a bumpy road, but one that brings him growth and character.

Together these two characters unravel the mystery behind her father’s business and her unusual inheritance. Thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting.

The book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. My opinion is my own.




Stephenia smiling while wearing pink with pink lipstick


Stephenia H. McGee is a multi-published author of stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. She lives in Mississippi, where she is a mom of two rambunctious boys, a writer, dreamer, and husband spoiler. Her novel The Cedar Key was a 2021 Faith, Hope, and Love Readers’ Choice award winner. A member of the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), she loves all things books and history. Stephenia also loves connecting with readers and can often be found having fun with her Faithful Readers Team on Facebook. For more on books and upcoming events and to connect with Stephenia, visit her at

Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020.

Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband and their young adult children.

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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