Set in the foothills of Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains, and spanning events over four decades, M. Reed McCall’s humorous, poignant, and endearing novel is a tender foray into the emotional landscape of family, friendship, and the kind of love that transcends boundaries, weaving an inspiring tale about what it means to hang on before learning to let go . . . and remembering how to keep living when you lose someone you love.
Nationally award-winning author M. Reed McCall grew up in rural Upstate New York as part of a large and loving family. Before becoming a writer, she first considered a career in national security, studying for a brief time at the University of Leningrad before completing undergraduate degrees in Russian and English back in the United States, followed by a master’s degree in English literature.
As Mary Reed McCall, she published seven historical romance novels with HarperCollins Publishers. Moose Tracks on the Road to Heaven is her first work of contemporary fiction. Mary makes her permanent home in New York State with her husband and children. When she is not writing or involved with family activities, she teaches high school and college-level English.
Please visit her on the web at www.mreedmccall.com.
After suffering under the iron fists of powerful men her whole life, Catherine of Somerset considers herself fortunate when fate makes her a widow and frees her two children from a cruel father’s tyranny. But her relief is short-lived. Her even more brutal brother-in-law Eduard, a High Champion of the king, arrives to claim his estate, and Catherine is swept into a nightmare. Eduard offers Catherine a terrible choice: Either she will assume a false identity and marry the fierce warrior knight who is his chief rival, paving the way for the man’s murder…or her children will die. That the handsome stranger she is bound to destroy proves honorable and good – deadly on the field, yet gentle and compassionate with her – wrenches her heart. Yet she cannot falter, or her innocent babes will pay the price.
A FORBIDDEN PASSION…
Baron Grayson de Camville bears a secret of his own – a haunted past that helped shape him into a relentless force of justice as King Henry III’s most skillful High Champion. When he agrees to take a bride, Gray merely fulfills his king’s command, but neither he nor Catherine is prepared for the passionate completion they find in each other’s arms. Desire grows with each moment together, with each sweet touch and soul-shattering kiss, until there is no escape from the ecstasy of their union…or from the lies that threaten to tear them apart. It is a tender trap, and one that can only be broken by surrendering to love and the most dangerous action of all – relinquishing once and for all every one of their…
SECRET VOWS*Originally published by HarperCollins/Avon in 2001 and re-released by the author in 2011