André: (Bows and sits down.) I appreciate the invitation, Madame.
Devika: André, I’m curious to find out more about you. What do you do for a living?
André: Well, I work as a tradesman near the harbor. I own several ships, and thereby make deals with clients who have requirements for certain products. Mostly, I do not go on journeys with the ship captains, but now and then I must to maintain order, to mediate between various parties. My father trained both myself and my brother in the family business, but a few years ago, I broke from them and began to develop my own business contacts. Besides, success should be well-earned instead of provided simply because of your family’s name.
Devika: Interesting. What about your family background?
André: I still have my parents, my older brother and young sister Lina.
Devika: I see. So how did you meet Annabelle?
André: I received an invitation to attend a young woman’s season ball. It was fairly customary to go, so I did. I only expected to perhaps cultivate business associations and, of course, keep up appearances for my family’s reputation. However, when I saw her, she was the most stunning girl I’d ever seen. Bright red hair, the most compelling blue eyes. I’ve never suffered from speechlessness in my life, but with her it was difficult at first to overcome the disability. My brother warned me away from her, yet I could not ignore what my instincts were telling me.
Devika: Wow. That sure makes for an interesting story. How did you know she’s the one?
André: No one else could’ve gotten my attention in her gentle, affectionate ways. Plus, she’s brilliant, smarter than her family ever gave her credit for. I haven’t stopped thinking about her since the night we met.
Devika: You strike me as someone who knows what he wants. What gives you your strength? Would you say there was a decisive moment in your life that made you who you are today?
André: Yes. I’d like to pretend that everything in my life has been perfect, but it has not. My brother Michel was always distant with me. It was his careless attitude, as well as the favoritism my father showed toward him, that urged me to forge my own path. Also, I firmly believe that meeting Annabelle guided me in the right direction.
Devika: Let’s talk about your dreams and goals in life.
André: I always had a great love for the sea, and for a time, I entertained becoming a captain. Fate led me elsewhere. Now, I’d prefer to grow my company into a force that spans more than simply one port. I would also like to settle down at some point, have a wife and a family.
Devika: Okay. And what is your greatest fear?
André: (Frowns.) I’m afraid I was far too foolish, that I overstepped with Annabelle, and perhaps lost the best thing, the best person in my life, the one for whom I was born to live.
Devika: Tell me, if you could have anything in the world, what would you wish for?
André: I wish I could somehow, some way, convince Annabelle to forgive me. I yearn for her like no other.
Devika: I’d love to talk some more, but unfortunately our time is up. Thanks so much for stopping by. I can’t wait to see what adventures you’ll have in store for us in the future. *waves*
About the Book
The Hill family saga concludes as loyalties are questioned, faiths will be tested and undying love may come at a terrible cost…
Fara Hill, mother and faithful wife, is torn between her family at home and her urge to be at sea. Soon, she learns some disturbing truths. Was the past a fairy tale instead of reality?
Chloe Hill, loving wife and young mother, questions her faith when her husband sets an ultimatum she cannot meet. Will she be able to keep her marriage from falling apart?
Adrienne Bellamont Hill, born of a valiant captain and a fiery redhead, is untamed to her core and will bow to no man. Then Christian du Plessis enters her life with an offer she can’t refuse. Discovering the man behind the polished gentleman, she is drawn to him in many ways. Holding out for love is a family tradition, but can she resist the temptation of passion?
Christian finds this young woman to be a fascinating challenge, and is torn between keeping his distance from her and succumbing to her charms. A fierce battle of wills ensues as he sees she is much more than he ever imagined.
But danger lurks, threatening to destroy everything…
Can these two strong-willed individuals unite in the cause before time runs out?
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About the Author
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, dramatic fiction, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series.
Amazon author page: Author.to/MarieLavender