Excerpt from the book:
Locke’s house stood on a green plain of ground above the rugged cliffs of Hell’s Mouth in St. Ives Bay. Far below, the sea thundered against sheer cliffs. Gulls screeched and flew in circles against the sky.
Gray peppered stones made the old dwelling cold, the windows dark and uninviting. The door, also gray due to weathering and a lack of paint had a wrought iron handle and a rope knocker that dangled from a rusty hook, the end a ball of jute. Sarah could not help but wonder if the dreary house reflected the people within it.
Drawing in a deep breath, she trudged up the path and approached the door. She hoped Mary would see her from the window and rush out to greet her. But it wasn’t until she raised the knocker and let it fall that her sister-in-law appeared. The same height as Sarah, Mary stood beneath the lintel slim as a reed. She looked older since Sarah had last seen her.
Her hair, partially tucked up beneath a white cap, hung straight around her ears and temples. Her mouth, lined by a hard life, looked drawn with worry. A look of surprise sprung over Mary’s face.
“Sarah? What are you doing here?” She looked down the road.“Where is my brother?” “Hello, Mary. May I come inside? I must speak with you.” Mary stepped back and waved her in. “Oh, please tell me he did not leave you and you have come to us for help. I will be very put out if he did.”
A lump swelled in Sarah’s throat. “Yes, he has left me. But not in the way you think."
Rita Gerlach writes inspirational historical fiction with a romantic bent, with unique settings in both America and England. She lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountainsamid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland.
Her latest book is Beyond the Valley.
Susan's husband, Jamie drowns on a scavenger hunt at a shipwreck. Susan found out she was pregnant and went to her husband's brother, Lem and his wife Mary. I can't believe this part, but it's in the book! Lem sells her to a man named Stewart and they put her on a boat from London to America at the Chesapeake Bay. She is auctioned off to a man named Mr. Woodhouse and his wife, Temperance.
Susan likes Temperance and Celia, the cook. She soon is able to put back some weight onto her body and gets her strength back. A doctor named Alex Hutton comes to see Temperance and Susan feels a strong attraction to him.
Living on the Potomac in Virginia would not have been bad had Susan been a free woman. She longed for her freedom. One day Dr. Hutton asked Mr. Woodhouse could he take Susan to his brother's house and help him with the 2 girls and his sick sister-in-law. Unfortunately, she dies shortly after Susan gets there.
Susan continued to stay and help while they waited for the children's Aunt to arrive and take over. In the meantime, Alex falls in love with Susan and she with him.
Well, here is where I stop so I don't ruin the whole story for you.
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