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?
Gretchen scrubbed at her face. “Vill he take me to another vorkhouse?”
A lock of mahogany hair trailed down her back. The silken lock brushed against his finger. He’d forgotten how soft women were.
“No. Ya’ll stay here. With me.” He could take care of her just as well as any workhouse. And she’d have more to eat. Most days, anyway.
Her eyebrows arched and she held her breath. She leaned forward in her seat. “Vith you? In this fine house?”
He blinked. She obviously thought he meant for some time. He’d meant until the weather cleared. Or did he?
“Yea.” The money collected for her fare burned a hole in his pocket. But she had family out there, waiting. Then why hadn’t they picked her up? She obviously wasn’t accustomed to looking after herself.
Kian could look after her.
And in return, she could cook and clean and tend the children. Yes. He mentally snapped his fingers. His children liked her. If Gretchen stayed, his late wife’s parents would stop harassing him about custody. Once things settled down into a routine, he could send her to her family.
It was a perfect plan.
Author Linda Andrews
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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