By DeVa Gantt
A spellbinding saga of a outstanding american kinfolk . . .
the gorgeous, frail Colette Duvoisin depended on governess Charmaine Ryan together with her concerns, her goals, and the care of her liked young children. yet now Colette is gone—leaving her 3 little ones devastated . . . and the home of Duvoisin in turmoil.
To her kid's horror, their father, the enigmatic Frederic Duvoisin, weds his mistress and sister-in-law, Agatha, quickly after their mother's premature dying. A scheming and hazardous adversary, Agatha has no love for her predecessor's offspring, ruthlessly wielding her newly received strength whereas guarding her personal darkish secrets and techniques. in the meantime, a contention among Colette's stepsons—suave Paul and cynical John—is reignited, drawing conflict traces between relations, neighbors, and servants. whilst Frederic unexpectedly emerges from his self-imposed isolation, he touches off a fight for patriarchal supremacy that threatens to put the complete Duvoisin empire to waste.
on the heart of the hurricane is blameless Charmaine, who needs to come to phrases with shattering truths in regards to the kinfolk she as soon as believed she knew—and make a decision who between them merits her admiration, her derision, her devotion . . . and her center.
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The children’s giggles bounced oﬀ the walls, their faces radiant with wonder. As the second hour neared its end, Charmaine began to fathom John’s subtle, yet artful tactics. She had never known a man to seek out children as he did. If it were possible, he had won them over again, and she realized this would be the ﬁrst of many such lessons. They would beneﬁt from his knowledge, and he, in turn, could escape to this oasis of acceptance in a home where he was mostly spurned. She marveled at how eﬀortlessly he captivated them.
Charmaine queried innocently. The light dawned. “Oh, you don’t understand! ” he snickered, his lips curling into a lopsided smile. ” There was no turning back. He was the preferable choice for comforting his distraught sister. ” Her cheeks grew warm. “Oh, never mind! ” He curtailed his japing and met her at the nursery door. ” Once she’d explained, he entered the children’s bedroom, crossed to Jeannette’s bed, and set his eﬀorts to comforting her. ” “The French doors keep opening all by themselves,” she moaned, glancing toward Yvette, who remained awake, but silent.
The three-year-old immediately straddled his back. “Have mercy on me, Pierre,” the man groaned as the boy began bouncing. ” Charmaine stiﬂed a giggle, watching as Pierre slipped to John’s side and squeezed into the space between man and wall. To her surprise, he stuck a thumb in his mouth and closed his eyes. She shut the door and ﬁnished her toilette. Paul sat alone at the table, sipping his coﬀee and reading a newspaper. When Charmaine stepped closer, his eyes slowly lifted, and a smile broke across his face.