A grand, Gilded Age love story set in Cape May, N. J. — America's first seaside resort. Beautiful, young Jacy James summers at the seaside in 1886. Spunky and determined, she catches the attention of handsome convalescent Cole Stratton, who has come there to regain his health. Jacy and Cole become friends — and then much more —until jealousy, collusion and a secret from Jacy's past threaten to destroy her newfound happiness.
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"The vivid descriptions of clothing, places, activities and etiquette transport you to the Victorian period. The main character, Jacy James, is a strong, independent young woman. You will feel like you know her and want to be her friend. The author gives us characters to cheer and others to be wary of. A great read you won’t want to put down because you just have to know what happens with Jacy and Cole."
...Certain her cheeks must be flushed and her hair a mess, she suddenly realized she had completely forgotten about her bonnet. It was probably back on the beach, or bobbing up and down on a wave somewhere.
Catching a glimpse of herself in the floor-to-ceiling mirror in the entryway, she gasped.
“Cole…I look a fright.”
He flashed her his boyish grin. “Well…your hair is a wild tangle of curls. Quite fetching, actually.”
“Cole…” she whispered. “What are people going to say?”
“Too late to worry about that now,” he whispered back. “Shhh…I hear voices, people coming down the stairs. I think one of them might be your aunt.”
He was right. Aunt Helen rounded the last turn of the grand stairway leading from the upper floors and when she saw them, her mouth dropped open.
Poppy, bounding down the steps right behind her, stared at them, wide-eyed.
"This story combines interesting characters and a tender love story. I didn't want to put it down once I started it! Maggie FitzRoy combined a historical setting and historically accurate details to enhance the suspense as the plot unfolded." Amazon reader
A story of loss and love
on the Oregon Trail in 1845
A young woman risks her life on the perilous Oregon Trail to marry a man she has never met.
Mercy Montgomery journeys across the continent in a wagon train to marry a widow with children.
Wagon master Luke Owen is by her side as ferocious storms, accidents and starvation test her courage.
From the moment they meet, Mercy and Luke face a clash of wills—and the fact that they are undeniably attracted to each other.
Mercy increasingly regrets her promise to marry a stranger and wrestles with her growing feelings for Luke.
In the end, she must choose between loyalty and being true to her heart.
Luke didn't have to be persuaded to go see Shoshone Falls...
Numerous falls converged into one majestic show of nature as they rushed with tremendous force over a rocky cliff into the Snake River.
A refreshing mist of droplets cooled Mercy's face as she delighted in the thunderous sight. Wrapped up in the moment, she felt insignificant and gloriously alive at the same time. She was startled when Luke touched her arm.
"Isn't it ...," she started to say. Then she saw they were alone. The others had gone on ahead. Her heart jumped. "Luke, we --"
"Shhh..." He reached for her and looked deeply into her eyes. His hands were warm, in contrast to the cool spray showering them. She could feel the throbbing of his heart in his palms.
Suddenly, she no longer cared where she was. She no longer heard the roar of the falls. She no longer felt the mist on her face. She no longer saw the glorious loveliness of her surroundings.
She was only aware of the sound of blood pounding in her ears, Luke's strong hands holding hers, and the desire in his eyes.