Sarah's wedding night was anything but what her wonderful books suggested. Her new husband Gregor was cruel and jealous. Morgan Howe, a handsome businessman in the wilderness town of New Hope found the bride both captivating and desirable. The town turned into a place of murder, kidnappings, and pain for its residents and for romance and lust for Morgan and reluctant Sarah.
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New Hope is the story of Sarah Bellamy, a young bride whose husband Gregor is cruel and sadistic, and Morgan Howe whom she grows to love in spite of her fears of men. Her happiness is short lived with the knowledge her husband left her penniless when he deserted her and that someone is watching her every move.
When two of her friends are savagely murdered, she is frightened even in her lover’s arms and more so when he mysterious disappears. She must learn to cope in a time of unlawfulness in the 1880s small town of New Hope on the Oregon coast, a beautiful but wild place especially for a unprotected young woman. Her unexpected pregnancy and admission of unfaithfulness changes her life again. She learns of deception by her father, of hopelessness caught in circumstance she cannot control, of pain and suffering, of loneliness or the man she adores, and of the acts of crime by two soulless perverted men.
She must come to grips with her husband’s secrets, his hate and the consequences of his actions when he returns to exact punishments on her, real but mostly imagined. Where was her lover? Her hopes never diminishes even in the arms of a man who loves her and vows to take care of her forever. She waits instead for the return of the only man she loves. Will he ever return?
Who returns and what follows is unthinkable. She turns to Paul, Morgan's friend for comfort which leads to more than she bargained for. Her honesty brands her an adulterous, and her son and adopted daughter are the only things that keep her sane. One day, another unbelievable thing happened and life in New Hope was never the same.
“How can you think of doing that here, out in the open for everyone to see?” She pushed him away and straightened her dress.
“Well, let me see how many folks are watching.” Looking around, “Yup, there is a hawk up there, a couple of rabbits and an old bear.”