Madness is in the eye of the beholder . . .
surrounds the Mistress of Hillhouse, Megan McCall, concerning the
death of her husband and her unborn child. The carriage accident
not only claimed the lives of her family, but also left her crippled
and unable to walk. It is rumored that she was responsible for the
horrific crash that sent the carriage plunging over the embankment
that left death and destruction in its fiery path. The new widow’s
sole survival rests heavily upon the shipbuilding business she inherited
from her father’s untimely death—believed to be from
the hands of ruthless pirates. She is determined to make a success
of the failing business and refuses to allow her inability to walk
to slow down her progress. She purchases the indentureship of Royce
Devlin. Royce’s primary duty will be to use his apparent strength
to carry her wherever she needs to venture. He will provide her
the means of portability to live her life as normally as possible.
How will she feel when she learns of the crime that earned him his
Looks can be deceiving . . .
Devlin had been condemned to serve in Newgate for the crime of pirating.
In exchange for his prison sentence, he agreed to serve fourteen
years as an indentured servant. He finds himself placed upon a ship
bound for America. Upon reaching his destination, he is surprised
to learn his papers were bought by a frail looking woman. Closer
inspection reveals Megan McCall is not the timid woman he first
envisioned her to be, in her eyes he sees a hard look of determination
and a spark of madness. Could he convince her to trust him enough
to allow him the opportunity to rescue her damaged heart? Or would
he be putting his own life in danger?
Raffin has written a superb historical romance. Her plot is loaded
with intriguing elements of mystery, suspense, and a double portion
of love and romance. I found her characters to be very well developed
and very easy to adapt to their many challenging conflicts. Ms.
Raffin is a writer with a fresh voice that sparkles like crystal
water. Her eye opening approach to writing is sure to set the romance
industry on fire!