In New York Times–bestselling writer Jennifer Wilde’s spellbinding story of romantic suspense, an ominous horoscope proves eerily exact for a girl vacationing a old fashioned English city

“You will make a unexpected trip and meet a dismal stranger . . .”

writer Jane Martin doesn’t think in destiny, so whilst she stumbles throughout her horoscope within the newspaper in the future, she comes to a decision to ignore it. yet then her widowed brother calls, asking her to maintain his little ones whereas he’s away at a technological know-how convention. He’s even booked her a first class teach ticket.

En path to her brother’s residence, Jane is accosted by means of one stranger in simple terms to be rescued through one other. this kind of good-looking males is destined again into her lifestyles, simply because peaceable, centuries-old Abbotstown has been rocked by means of a string of unusual burglaries—and a homicide. There are not any leads or suspects, yet Jane’s precocious niece Rebecca insists she is aware issues the police aren’t conscious of. After somebody attempts to wreck in to the home, Jane reveals herself surrounded via too many males who say they wish to guard her and the youngsters. unexpectedly she fears she is a pawn in a sinister intrigue within which she is going to no longer be ready to distinguish hero from villain.

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I looked as if it would suppose no emotion whatever, nerve ends numb, my brain transparent and sharp. If I meant to avoid wasting her, i have to use my brain, i have to imagine, i need to no longer cave in to these feelings locked up so tightly within, these feelings that may make me incapable of motion, incapable of doing what i need to do. virtually 5 hours had handed, and nonetheless i used to be cool, nonetheless I hadn’t damaged. the home was once silent. Stephen and that i have been silent, too, sitting within the entrance parlor, no longer each other. ready. Keith and Liz have been despatched directly to Turnbell eco-friendly, getting into the nondescript blue automobile, followed by means of the guy with the unruly brown hair, whose identify, I had discovered, was once Hammond. They didn’t learn about Becky, even supposing i feel Keith suspected. Stephen had arrived mins after the telephone name. I had taken him into the library. We had had a convention. He instructed me to maintain calm. I informed him i used to be calm, very calm. He gave me a weird glance. He frowned, knitting his brows jointly, his eyes packed with trouble. He made a choice to Great-Aunt Georginna, after which he informed the kids that they might be going to Turnbell eco-friendly with an outstanding pal of his, a delightful chap named Hammond who desired to see their great-aunt approximately deciding to buy a horse. Then he made a number of extra cell calls, conversing in an exceptionally low voice, his lips nearly touching the mouth of the receiver. a little while later Hammond arrived. Liz desired to comprehend why Becky wasn’t going, desired to understand the place she used to be, and Stephen stated she have been scampering in regards to the college and had fallen and damaged a the teeth and used to be now within the dentist’s place of work. Liz used to be suspicious. If that was once the case, she desired to recognize, why wasn’t I there, too. Stephen laughed and acknowledged she requested too many questions, stated he and that i may carry Becky alongside day after today morning, instructed her to not flirt an excessive amount of with Hammond, as he had a specific thing for thin brunettes and simply could take her heavily. Hammond nodded, acknowledged he used to be vulnerable that approach. He grinned sheepishly. Liz wrapped the fringed Spanish scarf approximately her skinny hands, patted the crimson velvet rose mounted in the back of her ear and giggled, clicking her castanets vigorously. They left. Stephen made extra cellphone calls. I stood there within the entrance corridor, dazed, pondering why I wasn’t wringing my palms, brooding about why I wasn’t hysterical. not anyone had noticeable Becky. it seems that she had vanished into skinny air once she stepped out Augusta’s entrance gate. The policeman stationed in a parked motor vehicle midway down the road hadn’t visible her move. the fellow within the eco-friendly cap hadn’t visible her wander into the fields. She hadn’t come again to the home. the entire police strength used to be trying to find her, and males have been introduced in from out of city. they'd searched the outdated, ruined apartment within the woods, they'd searched the collage, hoping to discover a few clue, to no avail. they'd locate her, Stephen guaranteed me. She will be o.k.. i used to be to not fear. I stated I wasn’t nervous. He checked out me, much more involved than he were past. He made a powerful drink. He pressured me to drink it. He attempted to strength me to lie down.

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