A Kiss and a Dream
by Linda Andrews
She escapes with a dead woman’s name and finds sanctuary with a widower reeling from his wife’s betrayal. Can a love built on lies survive the truth?
Gretchen Foltz honors her late father’s request and ends up locked in the workhouse by her greedy brother. Dreaming of a home and freedom, she embarks on a dangerous winter journey. She awakes in a stranger’s home. Hiding behind a lie, she discovers a man worthy of her trust.
Kian Bryne is struggling to feed his four children. The last thing he needs is to rescue a woman stranded on the ice and running from her own demons. With his rich in-laws threatening to take custody his children, he’ll make a desperate alliance to keep his family together. When a simple kiss shatters their agreement, he’s left yearning for more.
Can they untangle the lies before someone separates them forever?
In this scene, the hero has to make a choice. My heroine is German-America and war has just erupted in Europe. Given his island home is in the Great Lakes along the Canadian border, her presence invokes the villagers wrath. What else is my hero Kian to do but defend the woman whose life he saved?
In the foyer behind him, the townspeople hissed like riled asps. “Germans! On our island?”
“The nerve!” Abigail sneered at the unconscious woman. “Call the sheriff. Have her arrested.”
“We don’t want their kind here.”
Kian stiffened at the older Coast Guardsman’s voice. Turning, he faced the crowd.
Under the banner calling for good Christians to donate to the Relief of the Belgians, the townspeople gathered. Anger colored their faces in broad strokes. Some of the women turned away, taking with them their blankets and baskets of food.
The Coast Guardsman slammed his fist into his palm. “Let’s treat her like them Huns have treated them poor Belgians. Let’s put that Jezebel and her spawn back on the ice.”
“No.” Kian planted himself between the tiny family and the townspeople.
Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: “What else would she write? She’s never been normal.”
All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion and she’s followed that passion into history, the future, and beyond. Sometimes, she incorporates her science background and other times, she allows the magic of love to take center stage in sweet historicals.
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