This historical novel tells the timeless story of one woman's journey through life, marked by those moments she promises herself to remember and by her most guarded secrets.
I lay there, sucking air into my body again and again, and in spite of my compromised situation, was strangely aware of what a beautiful night laid before us. With only the stars and moon to give their light, it was incredulous how bright everything looked through my tears. I could see everything there in the dark, and for a few seconds, crickets and locusts sang deafeningly in my ears. I was surprised that I hadn't noticed them before. It seemed oddly as if they were warning us that we were in their land now, not in our own home, and that we should beware of them, for they were strong in number and mighty. I heeded their warning and was afraid of them. This awareness was stifled by the sounds of Father's footsteps growing thunderously loud and I knew he was upon me. Without raising my head or attempting to stand, I turned around on my knees and put my arms up in the air, as if to shelter myself and begged with a shaking voice, "Oh, please, Father, please. Forgive me."
A short silence ensued as I waited for him to pounce on me and beat the life out of me for making him run so far. I could hear his labored breathing pouring from his nose and mouth and knew surely that I would have to pay for it all.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This novel was as romantic and seductive as it was historically accurate. I was swept away - like going back in time. I couldn't put this book down! I read it in 4 days, mostly on the beach, and that was really appropriate since the book covers the 1900 storm. For anyone remotely interested in American History, the Victorian Era, or Romanticism, this is the book for you! What's more is that it's rumored the book is inspired by the life of Betty Brown, a wealthy Galveston woman whose life was transformed by the experience of surviving the storm. I have read several books on Galveston and the 1900 storm and this is the most vivid depiction of that era I have come across!