Melinda Young is proud to be a third-generation journalist. She has won awards for her fiction and her public radio writing. Before returning to her native Wisconsin, she lived in Hawai‘i for nearly 25 years. Every January she hopes her exile from Polynesia will be over soon.
After accepting an offer to stand in for an “indisposed” princess in Victorian Europe, Abigail Smithfield discovers she’s a target for assassins. She’ll need all her wits and courage—and help from a conflicted nobleman—to escape. A grand adventure in the vein of Rafael Sabatini and Robert Louis Stevenson.
A brilliant but weak-willed physicist seeking redemption by winning a worldwide competition receives assistance from a mysterious woman with her own agenda; a steadfast bodyguard who played too small a role in America’s first great national tragedy faces a lifetime of guilt over what he didn’t prevent; and a county sheriff becomes obsessed with a nearly-forgotten ghost.