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Alison Masters falls in love with wealthy David Kendall. Sight unseen, older brother Wade decides he must save David from a gold-digging fiancée. He tempts Alison to ride with him to Chicago and as they travel, Wade reveals his already-in-progress plan. An automobile crash leaves her badly injury, unbroken and disillusioned. Wade desperately wants to make amends, but she disappears before he can. After a seven year search, he finds Alison—scarred, crippled, infertile, and filled with disdain for anyone named Kendall. Determined to restore everything she'd lost, Wade blackmails her into marriage—his idea of the perfect method to accept accountability and prove his love—her idea of the perfect revenge. To Alison's surprise, their marriage brings more confusion than reprisal. They work through problems of vengeance, guilt, family, and love to find happiness on the shores of Lake Michigan.
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Violet L Ryan lives in a small Midwestern town with her husband, Denny. They raised their three beautiful daughters, Lana, Julie, and Debbie, in a bungalow set above Fall Creek a stone’s throw from the lovely city park. They enjoy eating out with friends, Sunday morning church services, and fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ. Violet’s favorite pastimes include photography, painting, drawing, reading, and, of course, writing. Violet says, “I’ve created stories all my life. It’s second nature to turn even the smallest detail, like a face in a crowd, or a lonely house on a hill, into a full-blown story. I write short stories and novels in many different genres, but if you like romance, we already share a common bond. Whether I spin a tale of mystery, suspense, fantasy, or plain, honest to goodness romance, a developing relationship between my hero and heroine is necessary to the plot. Even as a tot, when I wove stories of magic kingdoms, there were always heroes to save the day and magical queens bestowing favors on their knights.” Between authoring several books, Violet has written articles for newspapers and Christian communications. She has published several short stories, one a first prize contest winner, and an occasional poem. When her stories are finished, polished, and published, she schedules signings and appearances, holds events and author chats, and presents ideas and information at programs for those who wish to learn a new craft or improve their technique. Questions and comments welcome. You can reach Violet at iustars@aol.com Visit Violet L. Ryan website here.
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Nov 1, 2014
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Pages
173
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ISBN
9781611607963
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Romance / General
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