At the end of the War of the Rebellion, Mariah Renwick is still haunted by the memory of her late sister as she tries to piece together the remnants of an innocent time lost. All she wants is to bring happiness home again. Then dashing Lieutenant Nathan Lawton rushes into her life and becomes her new husband. But Nathan's dark and tormented past hides revenge and betrayal as he stakes his claim to the Renwick fortune and his future out West.
Railroad magnate, Julian Marquette, has just returned to St. Louis to secure another bank loan from Mariah's father. A brilliant mastermind, Julian orchestrates the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, not for the sake of his own vanity but for the people of America. He's a man borne of conviction for what he believes in, a passionate man who's secretly been in love with Mariah since he first saw her two years ago. But now it's too late . . . until an intimate moment together takes them by storm.
"It was there again, in that infinitesimal space between them, the subtle tremor of attraction, at once forbidden but about to collide."
Torn between desire and duty, Mariah is caught in a crossfire as she faces unimaginable struggles on an epic westward journey that shows no mercy. Can Julian fight against impossible odds for the woman he loves, or is all hope lost?
Sweeping landscapes. Passionate characters. The consummate gentleman is back.
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About the Author
Susan Rounds has always been fascinated with history and other cultures through her travels and living in Europe during her childhood. Exploring fairytale castles sparked her imagination. Her adventurous lifestyle led to a career in aviation flying to Asia and Hawaii as a Flight Service Manager on the Boeing 747. Susan’s passion for historical romance draws on many of her life experiences, inspiring her to write about the enduring power of love. She and her husband have two sons they’re very proud of and call northern California home.