Please join me in congratulating bestselling inspirational author and Christy Award finalist Sandra Byrd on the publication of the second book in her Daughters of Hampshire series, Bride of a Distant Isle! I was honored to provide Sandra with some developmental editorial assistance on this haunting tale of love and betrayal delivered in classic Gothic romance style. Here's the book description:
Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead, she remains at Highcliffe, at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.
Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.
She has only a few months to prove her legitimacy, perhaps with assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell’Acqua. But does he have Annabel’s best interests at heart?
And then, a final, most ominous barrier to both her inheritance and her existence appears: a situation neither she nor anyone else could have expected. Will Annabel regain her life and property—and trust her heart—before it’s too late?
Bride of a Distant Isle is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in bookstores across the country. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Sandra's website for the scoop on all of her books and delicious tidbits from her historical research.
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