Eager to find her place in the restrictive society of 1850’s England, young Claire Stonewall struggles to establish her own identity. Born into a life of luxury and privilege, she discovers, after the sudden death of her father, rigid expectations rise threatening to confine her to a preordained position.
Swept off her feet by Mr. Nathaniel Clayton, her fate which at first seemed dreadful, turns promising. The handsome Clayton and beautiful Claire appear to be the perfect match. As the union of their two families seems inevitable, a chance encounter changes everything. Claire’s joy shifts to fear and she learns just how quickly society can and will turn to threaten her family’s name with impending ruin.
Will she accept the judgement of society and relinquish herself to a future of loneliness, condemning her family to ruin? Or, will she confront those who attempt to discredit her and her family’s name, to restore her reputation?
About Ananya and Brett Ridenour (Orange County, California Author)
Ananya and Brett are a husband and wife team that are partners both in life and writing. Their relationship and writing has evolved to become what it is today, a collaboration of support, ideas, and dreams. They challenge each other to create, to dream, to be more than they have become as individuals. Ananya and Brett support each other’s endeavors and to that end, are passionate to help each other as a whole. While supporting and challenging each other to grow, both Ananya and Brett maintain their individuality and zest for life. Ananya’s other passions include traveling, archaeology, and jigsaw puzzles. Brett loves video gaming, sewing, cooking, and movies.
Ananya and Brett have agreed, that they want to share their experience and passion with others. They want to give back to the community and have made a commitment to help others with their program, Storyteller’s Ethos, in which they will donate a portion of their proceeds from their novels, to various charities that enhance the advancement and passions of others. Ananya and Brett have three children, two dogs, and the occasional squirrel that likes to run along the fence.