'There's no way to soften this, so I'll say it outright. I already have a wife.'
In a single sentence Walter Radcliffe destroyed everything Kate Sullivan had lived for up to their wedding day.
Coventional family life in 1920s rural Somerset left her totally unprepared for the shame and disgrace of being jilted. Desperate to escape, she accepts the insulting gifts of Walter's money and his sham wedding ring and flees to the honeymoon hotel in Bournemouth to try and forget.
Then handsome Luke Halliday introduces himself, drawn to the beautiful woman who always dines alone. A talented photographer, Luke recognises Kate's potential as a model, and persuades her to come back with him to London.
The promise of a new life, and Luke's sympathetic generosity seem the answer to all Kate's troubles. But Luke doesn't know the terrible secret of her past, and when Walter suddenly reappears, angry and violent, dare she risk their fragile trust by telling him the truth?
Jean Saunders (1932-2011), was born in London, but lived in the West Country for almost all of her life. She was married to Geoff Saunders, her childhood sweetheart, with whom she had three children.
After the publication of her first novel, Jean began a career as a magazine writer and published around 600 short stories. She started to publish gothic romance novels under her married and maiden name in the 1970s. In the 1980s, she wrote historical romances under what would become her two most popular pseudonyms, Rowena Summers and Sally James. In 2004, she began to use the penname Rachel Moore.
In 1991 Saunders's novel, The Bannister Girls, was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year award. She was elected the seventeenth Chairman (1993-1995) of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and she was Vice-Chairman of the Writers' Summer School of Swanwick. She was also a member of Romance Writers of America, the Crime Writers' Association and the West Country Writers' Association.