by Margaret Way GENRE: Contemporary Romance
A successful child psychologist, Mallory has no wish to return to the tropical hideaway where she experienced so much pain. But her Uncle Robert is ailing and it’s only right that she be there for the man who came to her rescue when she was a lost, lonely child. At least he is not alone—his protégé, and Mallory’s rival for his affections, is also at his side. Blaine Forrester hasn’t lost his knack for getting under Mallory’s skin, taking her breath away and leaving her unsettled at the same time.
While Robert recuperates, Mallory is shocked to learn that Jason Cartwright is on the payroll of his estate—the very man whose humiliating betrayal led her to leave North Queensland on the eve of her wedding. Confronting him—along with his wife and his manipulative twin sister—is a trial, though she can’t help forming a bond with little Ivy, Jason’s sickly daughter. But as tragedy strikes Moonglade, Mallory and Blaine will discover a darkness hidden within this deceptively beautiful world and their enigmatic circle—one that will either unite them at last, or tear apart the promise of paradise…
“People move in together because they’re so much in love. Nothing matters but the two of them. They don’t want anyone else on earth. They want to dedicate their entire lives to one another. Love for eternity, then in no time at all, lo and behold, conflicts arise. Conflicts that ruin everything, Next thing you hear, the party’s over. They’ve split up. It was all a mistake. The initial feelings of love and wonderment have dwindled into dislike, even hate, boredom, leaving tremendous angst on both sides. Taking a chance on happiness is taking a chance on heartbreak. Powerful sexual attraction isn’t a good enough reason to get married, in my view. Passion falters with the familiar. It certainly falters when it moves into a domestic situation.
“Only true love, and there is such a thing, won’t allow committed people to split apart. They find solutions to whatever problem comes up. My mother and father were very happy. They were both strong, single-minded people. Each had their say. They had their arguments, but together they found compromises. Besides, they had a head start. They came to one another deeply in love. Also, they had character, an absolute commitment to doing the right thing for the right reasons. Maybe it doesn’t always work out, but what’s life without risk? What’s life without love? In love we might be able to find the truth of ourselves.”
She gave a short laugh. The truth has proved more than one person’s downfall. I’m thinking of a colleague who confessed a meaningless alcohol-driven one-night stand to her husband. Shock, horror, that instantly ended what had been hitherto a happy marriage. I could have told her that. A way to protect ourselves might well be some secrets are better not aired.
“So what secrets have you I don’t know about?”
“I’m going to leave you wondering.”
USA Today bestselling author Margaret Way has written more than 130 books, many of them International Bestsellers. She has been published in 114 countries and 34 languages. Her novels are set in her beloved Australia, where she was born and lives to this day. Her stories always contain the beauty and rugged nature of the rural and Outback Australia, as well as the rainforests and coral reefs of Northern Queensland.