This story is based on a true crime but given a historical fiction spin. Wow, the characters were so well described and each told very important details as to who and why the killer was defined and stopped. The author told this story with facts and fiction so well I would assume she had many sleepless nights getting this story written. If you like fiction based on true happenings... get this one! I requested a copy through NetGalley. My review is voluntary and my honest opinion.
Step into True Colors — a series of Historical Stories of Romance and True American Crime
Enjoy a tale of true but forgotten history of a 19th century serial killer whose silver-tongued ways almost trap a young woman into a nightmarish marriage.
In 1876, Emma Draycott is charmed into a quick engagement with childhood friend Stephen Dee Richards after reconnecting with him at a church event in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. But within the week, Stephen leaves to “make his fame and fortune.” The heartbroken Emma gives him a special pen to write to her, and he does with tales of grand adventures. Secret Service agent Clay Timmons arrives in Mount Pleasant to track purchases made with fake currency. Every trail leads back to Stephen—and therefore, Emma. Can he convince the naive woman she is engaged to a charlatan who is being linked a string of deaths in Nebraska?