Eric: (Bows and sits down.) Thank you for the invitation.
Devika: Eric, I’m curious to find out more about you. What do you do for a living?
Eric: (His serious lips twist into a smile.) I have served in many roles for the Hill family – valet, butler, personal guard. Several years ago, I was entrusted by Capitaine Hill with the great responsibility of protecting the ladies of the household.
Devika: Interesting. What about your family background?
Eric: I… (clears his throat) I lost them back in France, when I was a young man. There was an outbreak of influenza. By the time I finally met Grant and became his valet at sea, I began to see him as a friend, at times even like a brother.
Devika: I see. So how did you meet Claudette?
Eric: (Chuckles.) It was purely Adrienne’s doing…the trickster. Though I’m sure I must’ve met Claudette before whenever she was hired by Grant’s wife, I didn’t entirely notice her until Adrienne, the captain’s daughter, said the woman was infatuated with me. From that moment, especially since the first time I kissed her, I couldn’t stop thinking about Claudette.
Devika: Wow. That sure makes for an interesting story. How did you know she’s the one?
Eric: How could she not be? No one else could’ve gotten my attention in her kind, subtle ways. Plus, I can’t imagine not having her in my life.
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?
Eric: Yes. Long ago, Captain Hill offered me the opportunity to be free of my servitude, to choose the life I wanted. But I had a sense our destinies were intertwined somehow, and serving as his friend and employee was an honor. I stayed on, and came to not only respect Grant’s methods, but was fortunate enough to witness as his family grew into who they are today.
Devika: Let’s talk about your dreams and goals in life.
Eric: I am content doing honest work; I always have been.
Devika: Okay. And what is your greatest fear?
Eric: (Frowns.) I…cannot lose Claudette. Somehow I must convince her we should be together.
Devika: Tell me, if you could have anything in the world, what would you wish for?
Eric: Claudette at my side, as my wife. I always secretly wanted a family – whenever I could carve out the time for one – and I’d be the luckiest man in the world if she became mine.
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