How can a meek wallflower help a returning war hero whose dreams are plunged into darkness?
Mary Bloomfield has no illusions. Her chances for matrimony have long since passed her by. Still, her circumstances are pleasant enough, especially now that she has found purpose in assisting her father with his medical practice in England’s beautiful Lake District. Even without love, it’s a peaceful life.
That is until Adam Edgerton returns to the sleepy district. This decorated war hero did not arrive home to acclaim and rest, but to a new battle against the repercussions of an insidious disease. Mary’s caring nature cannot stand to see someone suffer–but how can she help this man see any brightness in his future when he’s plunged into melancholic darkness, his dreams laid waste by his condition?
Adam wants no charity, but he’s also no coward. If this gentle woman can work hard, how can he do less? Together they struggle to find a way forward for him. Frustration and antipathy slowly develop into friendship and esteem. Then a summer storm atop a mountain peak leads to scandal–and both Mary and Adam must search the depths of their closed hearts for answers if they hope to find any future path with happiness at its end.
I’ve been expectantly waiting this book since I heard Carolyn Miller say she was going to write about older heroines in Regency England. Mary is a character you can’t help but love. She is doesn’t feel like she compares to her younger friend and sister, yet, she knows her life has not lost its purpose though she might be following the “normal” path towards marimony. Coming face-to-face with wounded war-hero Adam Edgerton might awaken old dreams but, most of all, she wants to see him fully restored , mind and body, and she knows there is only one who can do that.
Dusks Darkest Shores is an endearing story about second-chances, hope and love.
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