A Kiss and a Dream by Linda Andrews
She escapes with a dead woman’s name and finds sanctuary with a widower reeling from his wife’s betrayal. Can a love built on lies survive the truth?
Gretchen Foltz honors her late father’s request and ends up locked in the workhouse by her greedy brother. Dreaming of a home and freedom, she embarks on a dangerous winter journey. She awakes in a stranger’s home. Hiding behind a lie, she discovers a man worthy of her trust.
Kian Bryne is struggling to feed his four children. The last thing he needs is to rescue a woman stranded on the ice and running from her own demons. With his rich in-laws threatening to take custody his children, he’ll make a desperate alliance to keep his family together. When a simple kiss shatters their agreement, he’s left yearning for more.
Can they untangle the lies before someone separates them forever?
Historical fiction is always a great get away when reading. Especially when there is a touch of romance. However, this love story does come with a price. Two people surrounded by turmoil, secrets and pain. Maybe, just maybe there will be a glimpse of hope for them both. Linda Andrews has created two stories in one. Both Gretchen and Kian have their own struggles, but it’s Andrew’s attention to details of the story line carefully crafted together, joining their stories of distress, into one. One story of need and hope in the town of High Point. Although the story does not start off quickly, Gretchen and Kian’s commitment to a better a life quickly takes flight as their story begins.
Gretchen and Kian have finally shared a kiss—a kiss to build a dream on. But Gretchen’s presence has caused problems. Kian’s son got into a fight at school and broke a window defending Gretchen, now Kian must make a dangerous trek onto frozen Lake Michigan to retrieve wood to pay for the damages.
Kian pushed the plate aside, held the bun in one hand, and rose. “Gotta get that wood ta pay for the window.”
“Is safe this journey?” She left her half-eaten plate and hustled to the pantry. Pushing aside the curtain, she retrieved a basket from the shelf. A towel covered the contents. “I pack a lunch for you.”
Gabe cleared his throat. “I’ll be outside.”
Kian waited until he heard the door shut.
“Safe enough.” Although it had been warm for the last couple days, the ice would hold. It had to.
“Kian.” Gretchen set the basket on the table. Her attention flit from the table, to the canisters on the counter, before landing on him. “I must speak.”
He set his finger over her lips, hushing her. Her mouth was soft, giving. He fought the urge to kiss her again. Once she said yes to his proposal, he’d kiss her every day. “We’ll speak.”
Her brow wrinkled, and her nose scrunched up.
She was so very beautiful. He couldn’t help himself. Despite his noble intentions, he leaned forward and kissed her forehead. She smelled of dreams he never dared imagine. And he wanted to share them all with her. “Don’t worry. Once I return, ya will understand.”
He tore himself away before he could say more. He grabbed the basket and raced outside. When she said yes, they would have all their tomorrows.
Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: “What else would she write? She’s never been normal.”
All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion and she’s followed that passion into history, the future, and beyond. Sometimes, she incorporates her science background and other times, she allows the magic of love to take center stage in sweet historicals.
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