Isabella, newly arrived in America from Sweden, first loses her parents and then her job at the factory after it burns down. Nothing in America seems to last but she hopes her mail order bride marriage to the handsome and wealthy Donald Jenks will. Donald’s letters from Ohio describe Isabella’s dream home, away from the city and he sounds as if he would be the perfect husband. But as her grandmother always said, trouble comes in threes and there is danger standing between her and her happy ever after with her true love.
Tom, a Pinkerton agent, who is on the case of disappearing women, is traveling on the same train as Isabella when she is selected by white slavers to be the next female victim to be abducted. Will he save her in time?
He was the boy I fell in love with, my brother’s best friend, the man who took my heart. But sometimes love doesn’t listen. Sometimes your heart makes its own choices, pushes boundaries, and picks the exact wrong moment to show its vulnerable head.
The night we first kissed was my slap back to reality. The moment I realized he would never see me as more than a little sister. I did the only thing I could think of that would insure it never happened again. I moved away.
Now three years later, faced with a betrayal that pushes me to my limits, I'm thrown back into the arms of the man I'd sworn I left for good. The one who'd seen me through everything.
They say time heals, but not when you press pause. I knew returning home wouldn't be easy, I just didn't realize it would be this hard.
Lauren Carrington is an aspiring author who supposedly has it all. The life. The house. The seemingly perfect marriage to Michael.
With her husband’s blessing, she uproots herself to attend a creative writing course halfway across the country in the hopes of breaking through the writer's block she's been battling, unaware she is about to inadvertently put everything she treasures in grave jeopardy.
For her first in-class assignment, she gets partnered up with the alluring and charismatic Dean Bergeron…
Their undeniable connection, mutual passion, and literary talents, paired with Lauren’s newfound boldness and prowess, soon form the foundation for a catastrophic upheaval of the only life Lauren has ever known.
But is it actually Lauren's life being thrown into turmoil? The lines become blurred when she introduces herself as Sarah, the main character from the book she's been struggling to write, and boundaries are quickly crossed as Lauren explores her new persona more intimately.
When her two worlds collide, will she be able to distinguish…