In this contemporary classic romance from bestselling women's fiction author Emilie Richards, a young woman finds she can run, but even a talented mask maker can't always hide.
Bethany Walker loves her new life in the New Orleans French Quarter with her young daughter Abby and Life's Illusions, the shop where she sells her extraordinary feathered masks. Only memories of Abby's father Justin Dumontier, the man who vanished from her life before her daughter's birth, cast shadows over Louisiana's bright sunshine.
Now one morning as carnival season begins and her work load increases, Bethany glances up to find Justin gazing at her. Hiding herself and the child he doesn't know about is no longer an option. She may have kept their baby a secret, but four-year-old Abby is all too clearly his.
Justin is furious that Bethany has hidden his daughter, but reluctantly, he begins to understand. Their romance was brief and passionate, but Justin kept his feelings locked deep inside him until Bethany was gone without a trace. Now she is no longer an innocent college student, reaching out for his love, but an independent woman who has made a life for herself and their child with hard work and sacrifice. Bethany wants nothing material from wealthy Justin, and Justin doesn't know how to give his heart.
Fate has reunited them, but so much stands between them still. Like one of Bethany's masks, will the painful events that separated them forever disguise what they feel? Or will they at last find a way to reveal what each of them needs most?
Mardi Gras day, a time to fling away inhibitions, is fast approaching. During carnival season in New Orleans, almost anything seems possible. Even love.
Emilie Richards is the author of sixty plus novels which have been published in more than twenty-one countries and sixteen languages. Her most recent novels include Fortunate Harbor, a July 2010 trade paperback release, which is the second novel in the Happiness Key series, and A Truth for a Truth, the fifth book in the Ministry is Murder series published in October 2010 by Berkley Prime Crime.
Emilie is a multiple finalist for the RITA from Romance Writers of America, and a RITA winner. Romantic Times magazine has given her multiple awards, including one for career achievement. Emilie regularly appears on bestseller lists including the USA Today list and several of her books have been made into television movies in Germany with many more to follow.
Emilie lives in Northern Virginia with her husband. She travels frequently to speak to readers groups and to promote her work. She is an avid gardener and quilter and the mother of four children, whom she regards as her greatest creative endeavors.