Deception is only an illusion, for infatuation and unfaithfulness. More
Marguerite finds an ally in Henri’s family, though their stay is brief. Henri, Louis and her set off for Nice to stay at the villa, in the hope that they have seen the last of Alex and Rachelle, though Henri’s stay is short lived and he returns home. Life is simple, yet complicated with Louis continually going out at night and sometimes never returning until morning.
He asks Marguerite to marry him, to make the scam legal to which she consents, finding the wedding night something different to what she had ever imagined. His health failing, Louis continues with his nocturnal liaisons, unheeding of Marguerite’s pleas to stop and rest. The sudden appearance of Alex throws their lives into disarray again and Louis sends Marguerite back to Henri’s telling her he will join her as soon as possible. Henri rides back to Nice to warn Alex off and bring Louis back but is met with a macabre discovery.
Henri offers Marguerite an ultimatum with everything she could ever want, but his mother warns her, the son is like the father and she must decide what course she must set. Henri’s diplomatic postings keep him busy and at times absent from the home, but as the years move on and the children grow, Marguerite accompanies him, first to the Americas, then China and a return to Saigon. Here the past catches up with Marguerite, but with a surprising twist, leaving Henri to believe his wife is beyond reproach, and their lives are entwined, as one.
Available ebook formats: