Prelude to Heaven
Many envy Tess Ridgeway for marrying a handsome earl, but she knows there’s nothing to envy about her hellish marriage. Afraid for her life and that of her unborn child, Tess flees to France, collapsing at the door of reclusive artist Lexandre Dumond, who reluctantly lets her into his solitary world. They find a haven in each other’s arms, but their dark secrets could tear their love apart. More
Many in London society envy Tess Ridgeway, Countess of Aubry, for having snared the handsomest, most charming man in England, but after two years of marriage to the volatile earl, Tess knows there’s nothing charming about her husband and nothing to envy about her hellish marriage. Desperate, afraid for her own life and that of her unborn child, Tess manages to escape, fleeing to the southern coast of France, where she collapses, ill and exhausted, in the garden of the reclusive artist, Alexandre Dumond.
Alexandre, who savagely guards his privacy, resents this fire-haired beauty that Fate has brought to his doorstep. But he can’t turn his back on her, and when she proposes that he hire her as his housekeeper, Alexandre reluctantly lets her into his solitary world. There, they find an unexpected haven in each other’s arms, but will it last forever? Or will the dark secrets harbored by both of them tear their love apart?