~ Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities ~
Illinois prairie ~1855
Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he's a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.
Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery's uncanny ability to see through Charlotte's feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad's unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.
About the Author
Cynthia's thirst for writing began her junior year of high school, when her short-story won first place in a local college writing contest. She went on to pursue a career in writing by earning a B.A. in English (with an emphasis on Creative Writing) from U of I of Springfield, IL. Since then, Cynthia has had over 100 articles and short-stories printed in various Christian teen and adult publications. In 2012, she joined the ACFW and began pursuing her dream of becoming a published novelist.
In June, 2014 she was chosen as a Finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest and Semi-Finalist in 2015. In October 2014, she was named Historical/Historical Romance Category Winner in the Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler Contest. More recently, she was named a Finalist in the 2016 Olympia Contest.