This year is also the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. My hero, Seth, was a witness to the terrible events of that war as an ambulance driver. Sara discovers his letters home in a trunk hidden in the attic of the island house she's renting.
“Now is all that matters,” Sara said. “I’m not lonely now. I’m happy now.”
“I can’t help but think . . .” He didn’t say more, but he didn’t need to.
“I’m not interested in marriage and kids,” Sara told him. “I made my decision even before I got to know you. I honestly don’t know what I’ll end up doing for a job, but I know I want to be here. I belong here in a way I’ve never belonged anywhere else.”
Seth couldn’t argue with her passion for the island because he felt it, too. “I can help you. I’ll write. You can publish it under your name.”
Sara wished she could kiss him. “You’re so sweet to offer, but no, I couldn’t do that. It would be a lie. But if you want to write again—”
Seth shook his head. “No, I can’t. I would have done it for you, though. May I continue to help you with your book?”
“If you want. It’s really kind of you to offer.”
He smiled, faintly. “I wouldn’t want to feel like a kept man.”
Sara giggled. “I’m sure there are ways I can think of for you to earn your keep.”
“Oh?” Seth’s eyes sparkled and he dropped his voice to a low purr. “And what might that be?”
Sara used her sexiest voice. “You can wash my dishes.”
Seth laughed, and it warmed her heart to see his eyes sparkle. He was a man who needed to laugh more often after such a long, joyless existence, and she was determined to see him have a little happiness.
About the book:
Newly single, unemployed, and with her savings dwindling to an all-time low, Sara thinks things are finally looking up when she lands a job ghostwriting a popular politician’s biography, and rents the affordable island home of her favorite author, Seth Fortner, who mysteriously disappeared in 1925. Strange things begin to happen as objects break, go missing, and terrifying visions appear, making Sara wonder if Seth ever left, or if she is slowly losing her mind.
She gets no answers from his family who closely guards the secret of his disappearance. Through an old trunk of letters Sara discovers in the attic of her seaside cottage, Sara unravels the mystery and becomes caught up in a tale of greed, lost love, and the horrors of WWI. Will she be the one to break the “Fortner Curse” by helping Seth conquer his demons, and heal both of their hearts in the process?
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