Thursday, January 23, 2020

Spotlight: Anna's Refuge by Kerryn Reid

Anna's Refuge: Wrackwater Bridge, Book One
by Kerryn Reid

Hartwood Publishing
December 3, 2019
ebook; 434 pages
Historical Romance

Lewis Aubrey has grown up in the malignant shadow of his brother Gideon. In London for the first time, with no thought of love, he is beguiled by Miss Anna Spain. Gideon steals her away and then tosses her aside like a wilted rose. Months later, horrified to learn that Anna carries Gideon’s child, Lewis tracks her down amid the grit of industrial Leeds. He’s desperate to protect her—but can he survive marriage, believing she still yearns for his brother?

Trusting and na├»ve, dreaming of a love that’s glorious and timeless, Anna falls for Gideon Aubrey and his lies. When he casts her aside in the middle of a ball, Lewis shields her from gossip. He becomes her rock in a world of anguish, and she grows to love him very much indeed. But what kind of woman would condemn a man to a marriage he cannot possibly want, raising a child not his own? Somehow, these two tattered souls must escape Gideon’s shadow and find their way to happiness, for the child’s sake…and for their own.

From London’s glittering ballrooms, to the grit of industrial Leeds, to a bitter winter in the Yorkshire Dales, Anna and Lewis struggle as individuals to find an honorable way through a world of heartache. Any sort of romance between them seems doomed from the start. But gradually, we feel the promise of love as they work together to forge a future. With all the hope of a new year, from the ashes of two broken families, they build a new family in Wrackwater Bridge. 

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About the Author:

Kerryn Reid grew up the daughter of a professor in a New England college town. But her mother was a devotee of ‘Olde’ England, and Kerryn followed suit. After high school, she traveled around the British Isles with her best friend. Predictably, they fell in love with a couple of Irish lads – oh, those gorgeous accents! Roaming the Rock of Cashel in the dark with your first love? Totally illicit, totally romantic!

The relationship didn’t last. But a piece of Kerryn’s heart still lives "across the pond" where those adventures took place – as well as the Regency romances she loves. So when the itch to write needs scratching, that’s where her imagination takes her. Her first novel, Learning to Waltz, won the Chatelaine award for Best Regency from Chanticleer Books.

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