Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Widowed Anna Sinclair is stunned when life long friend Daniel Mercy asks for her hand at the funeral of her deceased husband. Destitute and expecting, she’s in no position to turn him down.
Married in secret to the woman he’s always loved, Daniel Mercy ineffectively skirts Charleston's town gossips. Glares and whispers are easy to evade, until Daniel is accused of murdering Anna’s late husband.
When Anna is kidnapped, she discovers the one secret Daniel has hidden from her.
Daniel intended to marry Anna his childhood friend after his next voyage. He came home to find her married to his friend Seth. Settling for friendship and a business with them both, things change when Seth dies in a fire. He proposes to Anna after the funeral in order to raise her child as his own. Anna accepts. She's always loved Daniel, far more than she ever did Seth and her grief for her dead husband is tinged with guilt at now being married to the man she's always loved. But is their love strong enough to deal with the demons that the fire raise?
Ms. Spradling's story, set in 1700's Charleston comes alive as you read it. Well rounded characters pull you into the heart of the action. The point of view change to secondary characters in places adds to rather than detracts from the story, as one develops into a well thought out sub plot and the other adds vital information the main characters need later on.
This book is the first of Ms. Spradling's I have read and I will be on the look out for more. With enough action and intrigue to keep even the most die hard romantic keep reading, this one is not to be missed.
5 Tea Cups!