In 1816, Spinster Elizabeth Thorn serves more as a slave than a servant as her father's housekeeper. The courageous war stories penned by Paul Silver inspire her to correspond with him, but after years of heartfelt letters, he ceases replying. Her father accepts a lucrative marriage bargain on her behalf, and her dream of sharing her life with a kindred spirit withers.
Jonathan Silverton blames himself for failing his best friend. To escape his shame, he moves to the countryside and meets none other than the woman he wrote for a decade. He dares not reveal his secrets, but he will not deny his desire to marry her.
Secrets breed distrust and misunderstandings. The past refuses to stay buried.
Shattered trust and faith may tear them apart...unless they each discover the courage to embrace the truth.
About the Author
Laurel Hawkes (a pen name) has spent most of her life in the Valley of the Sun, calling Yellowstone, Thailand, and England home for a brief time. Work encompassed a variety of trades including housekeeper, cashier, switchboard operator, reservation agent, teacher's aide, sign language interpreter, medical transcriptionist, and, now, writer. When she was told she could never succeed as a writer, she believed it, and boxed away the dream, but God laid writing on her heart. He offered her numerous breadcrumbs to help her find her way. Asking her not to write would now be tantamount to asking her not to breathe. Laurel enjoys making fresh homemade bread, which helps her work through plot difficulties, and blackberry jam, using the berries from the bushes in her yard. Additional pleasures include books and music, dogs and horses. Walks on the beach don't happen nearly enough. Shy at first, she's quick to become a chatterbox. She loves sharing the adventure of life with friends.