By V. C. Andrews

Pushed from the Dumas Mansion again to her cherished bayou, Ruby's purely wish is that destiny will allow her start anew...

Living back in a humble shack, Ruby is set to make a safe and satisfied domestic for her worthwhile little one daughter, Pearl. Paul Tate -- her old flame, whom she was once compelled to desert -- is at her facet once again, now a guy of outstanding wealth. whilst he whisks her into his grand apartment, it sort of feels their destiny is guaranteed. As mistress of Cypress Woods, Ruby can disregard even the stunning cause she and Paul needs to wed in a mystery rite and stay husband and spouse in identify alone.

But the thick, dear partitions of Cypress Woods can't close out the negative stories that experience woven their cloth over her future, or the chilly eyes of Paul's mom, Gladys, reminding Ruby of the key she needs to hold to provide Pearl a loving father. Then her venomous dual sister, Gisselle, arrives to taunt her with information of Beau Andreas, the genuine father Pearl hasn't ever met, and the single guy Ruby will ever lengthy for with all her physique and soul, wanting to locate the total, satisfying existence she craves, Ruby builds a precarious new life, a flimsy shanty of desire that the 1st flood washes away. purely while the hurricane exposes the very blackest evils of the earlier will she glimpse the rainbow's fragile promise, a morning of light and laughter with a kin of her own....

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That was once many years in the past, Paul, and that i regretted it instantly in a while. ” “Well, it appears that spell remains to be operating. I’m satisfied for the 2 of you,” he stated. “Paul …” “I need to move now. i've got anything to do,” he acknowledged, and hung up prior to i may say one other observe. “What is it? ” Beau requested, seeing me maintaining the telephone and staring. My center was once pounding and that i felt as though the blood had tired from my face. I informed him what Paul had acknowledged approximately Gisselle’s . “I don’t comprehend. It’s no longer any various than I first defined to him. ” “He didn’t think it. i do know he hoped he may get her cured and therefore convey me back,” I acknowledged. “What’s he going to do? ” Beau requested. “I don’t be aware of. He sounded so unusual to me, Beau, unlike Paul. i feel he’d been ingesting. ” “He made a dedication to us,” Beau acknowledged firmly. “I’m going to carry him to it. ” He received up speedy to include me, and that i laid my head on his shoulder. He kissed my hair and stroked it lightly as he kissed me back, whispering soothing phrases into my ear. “It could be very well. Everything’s going fantastic. It’s intended to be,” he insisted, yet Paul’s phrases had made my blood run chilly and drain all the way down to my ankles. “I can’t dispose of this unwell feeling within the base of my abdominal, Beau. i admire you and that i are looking to be with you and that i wish Pearl to be with you, yet it’s like a depressing cloud hovers above us continuously, irrespective of how blue the sky. ” “That feeling will pass,” he promised. “Just supply your self an opportunity. ” “I imagine we greater cross see Paul subsequent week, Beau. we'd deliver Pearl again to determine him besides, wouldn’t we? ” “I suppose,” he stated, yet I observed he didn’t just like the notion. each day for the following couple of days, I known as Paul to work out how issues have been. as a rule, he used to be now not at domestic. The servants advised me he used to be on the sanatorium maintaining vigil. first and foremost he didn’t go back any of my calls, after which, whilst he did, he sounded stranger and stranger. I virtually didn’t realize his voice the final time we spoke. “She is still in a deep coma. There’s speak now of placing her on a laptop to breathe,” he stated in a voice that appeared without feeling, the voice of somebody who had had all of the emotion tired out of him till he was once simply the shell of his former self. “Paul, you’re donning your self down. James informed me you’re infrequently domestic anymore. You spend day and evening on the sanatorium. ” “A guy might be at his wife’s part now and then like those, don’t you think that? ” he requested, by means of a chilling little chuckle. “He may be at her bedside, keeping her hand, speaking softly to her, pleading, begging, encouraging her to snap out of the coma, if now not for his sake, for the sake in their baby. every body on the medical institution knows. all of them think so sorry for me. The nurse even cried herself at the present time. I observed her wiping the tears away,” he acknowledged. For a second it was once as though I have been the person who couldn’t breathe. I felt my chest flip to stone, my middle freeze inside. i attempted to swallow and to talk, yet I couldn’t. I heard him sigh. “You by no means understood, did you? probably not, I suggest. You’re married, yet what’s marriage to you?

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