A saga of wealth and scandal centered around a wicked family dynasty. This historical romance novel is set in the lush world of an elite New York family, starting in the 1930’s.
Roxanne is stuck in an unhappy marriage after her relationship with the love of her life ends in heartbreak. On the re-bound, she marries Charles Wahlderbilt and finds herself in the privileged world of an influential family but it is more difficult than she expected. Her husband is a cruel man who enjoys torturing her. The only bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Veronica and her son, Emmett.
The Wahlderbilt estate is as far from the western front as you can get, and yet it is more treacherous for the newly arrived World War II air force pilot, Darren Blakemore. He is hired to tutor their young son, but it’s their attractive daughter, Veronica who catches his eye. The war hero and the aspiring veterinarian grow closer by the day, and soon, are only happy when in each other’s arms. They face the wrath of her sociopathic father, who wants to protect his legacy at all costs. Veronica Wahlderbilt dreams of life as a veterinarian, free of the controlling restraints and coldhearted apathy of Charles. He wants his daughter to marry into nobility and has just the dim-witted man picked out for her. In a desperate attempt to break free, Veronica and Darren escape to Europe. Her father wants Darren killed and her brought back to America. He sends men to get her, regardless of who dies in the process. They flee and end up on a Greek island as they try to stay one step ahead of her father’s henchmen.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I've always been drawn to the 1930's and 40's. In researching for the novel, I looked at numerous pictures of the era. The clothes draped well, and they had interesting styles with matching hats and gloves. That was when the wealthy really dressed up and everyone wanted to follow the fashion.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Most of the evil characters in the novel are a collection of individuals mingled together that I have crossed paths with throughout my life.
Roxanne noticed him descending the terrace steps. He looked dashing in his black tux, with a white waistcoat and tie. Once he was close to the yellow rose arbor and clear from the crowd’s view, he moved toward the seven-foot long lilac loggia. She heard Spencer as he came up behind her, then he wrapped his strong arms around her waist and pulled her close to him. She wanted nothing more than to stay in his arms forever and gently leaned the back of her head against his chest, while he nuzzled the nape of her neck. She turned and inhaled his masculine scent. Oh, how she’d missed his smell, now mixed with his citrusy cologne. It made her weak in the knees. “How are you?” Spencer asked.
“You mean since our fling?”
“It wasn’t a fling. You were special to me and I never wanted it to end, but it was my fault
for letting my father interfere. I’ve missed you. If I could go back and change things, I would.”
“I was a new toy. I should have known better. You’re a politician. By trade, a professional
liar.” She noticed Spencer was wounded by her comment, and she could tell he wanted to hurt her back.
“Is your new life as Mrs. Wahlderbilt all you thought it would be?”
“My private life is none of your business. Those privileges ended a long time ago.”
“Marrying Cordelia hasn’t changed how I feel toward you. I know, I messed up,” Spencer
“My son is the joy in my life now, not my life with Charles.” She tried to smile,
acknowledging the pain they’d both endured. She yearningly looked into his intense blue eyes.
“May I kiss you?” he asked.
He didn’t wait for an answer. He leaned in, placing his lips on hers. He possessed an appeal over her that was irrepressible. It rendered her incapable of stopping his advances. She no longer wanted to deny what her body craved. They both moaned as their carnal delights burned through them. They clung together like magnets. It had been years, but their bodies knew one another.
C. Lee Pickett spent her childhood in the Pacific Northwest and traveled extensively in
America and throughout Europe before settling into Redondo Beach, California. Subsequently, after years in the area, she moved and is currently living on the coast in Dana Point, where she is working on her next novel.
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