On Sale: July 8, 2008
Featuring: Ford Sawyer; Cilla McGowan
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Romance Suspense | Suspense
Virginiaâ€™s Shenandoah Valley is a long way from Hollywood.
And thatâ€™s exactly how Cilla McGowan wants it. Cilla, a
former child star who has found more satisfying work as a
restorer of old houses, has come to her grandmotherâ€™s
farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin.
Sadly, no one was able to save her grandmother, the
legendary Janet Hardy. An actress with a tumultuous life,
Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent
affairsâ€”but died of an overdose in this very house more
than thirty years earlier. To this day, Janet haunts
Cillaâ€™s dreams. And during waking hours, Cilla is haunted
by her melodramatic, five-times-married mother, who
carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a
chance at a normal childhood. By coming east, rolling up
her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla
intends to find some kind of normalcy for herself.
Plunging into the project with gusto, sheâ€™s almost too
busy to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyerâ€”
but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable
humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock)
are hard to ignore. Determined not to perpetuate the
family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels
herself against Fordâ€™s quirky charm, but she canâ€™t help
indulging in a little fantasy.
But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for
Cilla. In the attic, she has found a cache of unsigned
letters suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she
diedâ€”and that the father was a local married man. Cilla
canâ€™t help but wonder what really happened all those years
ago. The mystery only deepens with a series of
intimidating acts and a frightening, violent assault. And
if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting
her and why, she mayâ€”like her world-famous grandmotherâ€” be
cut down in the prime of her life.
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