Olivia Kingsley didn't expect to fall in love and receive a secret marriage proposal two weeks into her first season. However, one dance with Allen Wimpleton, heir to a viscountcy, and her fate is sealed. Or so she thinks until her eccentric and ailing father, unaware of Allen's proposal, announces he's moving the family to the Caribbean for a year. In two days.
Allen begs Olivia to elope to Scotland, knowing her father will refuse his offer of marriage after such a brief acquaintance with Olivia. Having recently lost her mother, and fearing for her father's health, she refuses, pleading with Allen to wait for her until she returns to England. Angry at her hesitancy, and unaware of her father's ill health, Allen demands she choose - him or her father.
Heartbroken at his callousness, but thankful he's revealed his true nature before she married him, Olivia turns her back on their love. The year becomes three, enough time for her broken heart to heal, and after her father dies, Olivia returns to England. Coming face to face with Allen, she realizes she never purged him from her heart and once again the flames of love ignite, but is it too late? Does Olivia have any hope of winning Allen's heart once more, or has he found another?
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Great book and awesome narration..
- Trish R.
Three years & an ocean can't make true love fade
A nice short story. Three years prior Olivia and Allen fell in love over just a few weeks. Allen asks Olivia to marry him but her father is ill and is moving the family away to the Caribbean. In anger Allen tells her if she choses her father over him it is over. She tells him her will return in a year.
The story finds Olivia being taken to a ball by her brother and dowager Dutchess aunt who think her seeing Allen again will help her move on now that she is back. What happens from there shows that true love love never dies.
Collette once again spins a lovely tale that pulls you in and makes you cheer on the characters.
- Christina Jacobs