Alessandra Willow Smythson-Drake, a widow at four and twenty, has sailed back to her family estate in England upon the death of her abusive husband. But escape from the torture she endured during her marriage was not to come easily. Both her sleeping and waking hours are controlled by night terrors and emotional turmoil. Physical scars, one of which is too hideous to hide, force her into seclusion. Simon Thane Bevan, Marquess of Heavensford and childhood friend, re-enters Alessandra's life. What starts as a simple meeting to rekindle a lost friendship quickly ignites his heart into unconditional love. Overcome with anger at the abuse his friend has suffered, he vows to save her from living the life of a recluse. Believing she deserves nothing but solitude and unhappiness, Alessandra trusts no one except her personal maid, and refuses to accept Simon's confession of love as nothing more than pity. The marquess, however, is determined to prove otherwise.
©2012 Christine Maria Genthner (P)2013 Christine Maria Genthner