Ruined by Annabelle Anders
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While helping my mom move, I find this journal written by one of my family’s ancestors nearly two hundred years ago. Holy cow! The more I read of it, I’m literally blown away. Because my great (like quadrupled or something) grandmother and I have more in common than I ever could have imagined… It’s uncanny…
MILTON COTTAGE, ENGLAND, 1828
Mrs. Naomi Gilcrest believes her life is settled. She has a husband, a home. She is happily awaiting her husband to return from battle and after that, the birth of their first child.
Until a late autumn visit from her husband’s commander shatters everything.
Lord Major Lucas Cockfield solemnly travels to Arthur Gilcrest’s house to deliver the news, to honor one of his soldiers. He does not intend to stay more than a day, let alone a week, or a month, but when he meets Naomi, he finds it impossible to walk away.
The timing is all wrong. The circumstances are unacceptable. But life is short and when secrets are revealed, the obstacles begin to fall away.
Until the shadow of another man returns.
Will he cast darkness on their love before it has the chance to blossom? Or will Lucas and Naomi beat unsurmountable odds and reclaim the love that fate tried to deny?
About the Author:
Married to the same man for over 25 years, I am a mother to three children and two Miniature Wiener dogs
After owning a business and experiencing considerable success, my husband and I got caught in the financial crisis and lost everything; our business, our home, even our car.
At this point, I put my B.A. in Poly Sci to use and took work as a waitress and bartender.
Unwilling to give up on a professional life, I simultaneously went back to college and obtained a degree in Energy Management.
And then the energy market dropped off.
And then my dog died.
I can only be grateful for this series of unfortunate events, for, with nothing to lose and completely demoralized, I sat down and began to write the romance novels which had until then, existed only my imagination.
I am happy to have found my place in life.
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Although the courtship between Naomi and her husband was short due to circumstances that led to a hasty marriage that didn’t diminish the feelings she has for him. Although no longer part of society she is awaiting the birth of her child and the return of her military husband however it is not he who returns but Lucas sharing news that no wife wants to hear.
Lucas not only served with Naomi’s husband, but he was his friend as well so he accepts the painful task of informing Naomi of his death. He has been attracted to Naomi before she and her husband became a couple so when he sees the struggle she is now facing alone he is determined to help out in any way he can but developing feelings for her was not part of the plan.
Naomi and Lucas take us on an emotional journey as they both must make peace with the past as well as overcome both the challenges they create and the challenges that others create. The characters draw you in and have you invested in their relationship and the storyline keeps you entertained from beginning to end.