A young lady and her lord arrive in the New World with the promise of stability and an expanse of land to claim as their own. Surrounded by the beauty of the Appalachians, they count themselves amongst the blessed.
When the colony's Governor General is recalled to Europe, rumours spread like wildfire that conflict is just over the horizon. The prosperous peace that brought them here is suddenly in danger of collapse. What does this mean for the lady of the house?
When tensions escalate, she finds herself isolated from all that is familiar. Desperate to survive, alone in the dark, and in a world unspoiled by the greed of men, what can she do?
Despite insurmountable odds, this young woman must risk traversing unfamiliar and hostile territory to find help. As you read, be sure to consider: When capture or surrender means that your life is forfeit, failure is not an option.
Evelyn Chartres is the nom de plume for a self-published Canadian author. The writer of five Gothic fantasy novels, Evelyn released her debut novel, The Portrait, in 2016, and her latest, Broken Promises, in 2021.
A fan of the phrase live to eat, Evelyn shares her recipes on evelynchartres.com. These recipes have a loose focus on French-Canadian cuisine, which feature deep-dish meat pies, seafood and desserts that are rarely seen outside of La Belle Province.
Evelyn is currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is busy laying the foundations for her next project that involves a future where humanity is driven into the sea.