Amidst the backdrop of the construction of the Panama Canal, a South Dakota rancher is invited down as a personal favor to the President himself. There James Holt finds himself helping a mysterious young woman search for her missing mother amidst the political unrest of the Panamanian citizens in a zone occupied by American canal builders. Holt quickly finds that everything is not as it appears and danger lurks around every corner.

Though Saffire is a love story in some ways, it is much more of a historical mystery. Panama in 1909 comes to life throughout the story with all of its complexities of politics and cultures coming head to head in a buffered Zone. I enjoyed the story–both for its entertainment as well as the historical information it imparted.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.