by Margaret Way
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
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…
“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.”