"You did not leave a note?" he asked incredulously. "Tell me you didn't leave a note!"
"Just a very brief one," she admitted in a small voice.
"I don't believe it!" he cried, pushing her away from him.
"Just what is this need that females have to leave notes? Can they not make a clean break?"
"I thought it better that he should know that I am gone and it will do him no good to search for me as I will not - cannot, return!"
"Exactly what did you say?"
"Merely that our marriage was a mistake and I could not remain with him. He must not search for me, as I will not return."
"It will raise a hell of a furor, you know."
"It's better that than the alternative. In time he will be able to divorce me and marry someone more suitable. He's well rid of me, and I of him."
"Don't worry, my dear," he said, drawing her once more to his side, "I will care for you."
In the novel, For Love of Sarah by author Hazel Statham, the reader is immediately taken by to the 1800's in London where the Countess of Thorne, Sarah has left her husband, Alexander Markham, Earl of Thorne after only being married for just four short weeks for the love of another. Now five years have passed and while visiting a blacksmith in Yorkshire, Alexander can hardly believe his eyes when he spots a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to his wife, Sarah. Can it be after all these years he has found her after all?
When he spotted her coming from a butcher's shop he paid no heed to what was happening around him and soon found himself felled by the glancing blow from a runaway dray containing casks of ale. As Sarah approached the bystanders, she found something unfamiliar as she looked at the man that now lay unconscious at her feet and her heart thudded painfully at the sight of the prone figure. As panic gripped her, her first instinct was to flee, but she saw the seriousness of the situation and fell to her knees at his side, silently praying that he would survive the accident. She dared not think of the consequences of his finding out her hiding place or her fiercely guarded secrets, her only thoughts were that he should live.
It had taken her many months to feel secure in her hiding place, but eventually , she had begun to be certain that she was no longer in danger of discovery. Now that certainty mocked her and she realized just how fragile had been her peace of mind. How was she to keep her secrets from him now that they would be forced into each other's company? She knew she could never return to him. The consequences would be too dire.
I received For Love of Sarah by Hazel Statham compliments of the author for my honest review. It's always a true honor for me to be contacted by the author personally to review their novels and this is definitely a winner in my opinion. For those traditional regencies fans who love Jane Austin or series such as Downtown Abbey, this will be a true must read for you! This shows just how far some people will go to keep secrets and how eventually they will all be disclosed at some point no matter how far you try to run. This is a compelling read from the first page and guaranteed to engage the reader in suspense to see how it all plays out in the end. I personally rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars.
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- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Montlake Romance (January 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612186831
- ISBN-13: 978-1612186832
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches