Author: Margaret Way
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: A successful child psychologist, Mallory has no wish to return to the tropical hideaway where she experienced so much pain. But her Uncle Robert is ailing and it’s only right that she be there for the man who came to her rescue when she was a lost, lonely child. At least he is not alone—his protégé, and Mallory’s rival for his affections, is also at his side. Blaine Forrester hasn’t lost his knack for getting under Mallory’s skin, taking her breath away and leaving her unsettled at the same time.
While Robert recuperates, Mallory is shocked to learn that Jason Cartwright is on the payroll of his estate—the very man whose humiliating betrayal led her to leave North Queensland on the eve of her wedding. Confronting him—along with his wife and his manipulative twin sister—is a trial, though she can’t help forming a bond with little Ivy, Jason’s sickly daughter. But as tragedy strikes Moonglade, Mallory and Blaine will discover a darkness hidden within this deceptively beautiful world and their enigmatic circle—one that will either unite them at last, or tear apart the promise of paradise…
“What makes you think you can help?” His eyes rested on every feature of her beautiful face wreathed in masses of tousled dark golden hair. He was close enough to catch the scent of her, the scent of Mallory, the combination of clean hair, clean skin, clean heart. Purity.
“I’m a psychologist, Jason. There are some concerns about Ivy that need to be cleared up.”
“Would you like to know what Jess thinks?”
“No, I would not,” Mallory said forcefully. “I’m absolutely certain your sister blames Kathy for everything that goes wrong with Ivy. “
“And that surprises you?” Jason threw down the challenge. “For God’s sake, Jess isn’t much good at showing it, but she loves Ivy.”
“Not the type of love Ivy craves. Jessica isn’t any good at showing how much she loves her niece.”
“Maybe not, but Jess has a real nose for what Kathy’s up to.”
“Meaning?” Mallory snapped, aware she was starting to lose her cool. “Look, let’s go through to the Garden Room. Would you like something to eat or drink?”
“I’m okay.” Jason followed her through the house until they reached the big beautiful room filled with all manner of indoor plants and luxuriant golden canes in huge Thai pots. “I had lunch with Jess. We could have sat all day talking about what goes wrong with Ivy. Kathy as a mother is a real joke.”
“Joke, am I?”
Startled, both of them turned to face the voice. Even Jason seemed swamped by embarrassment.
USA Today bestselling author Margaret Way has written more than 130 books, many of them International Bestsellers. She has been published in 114 countries and 34 languages. Her novels are set in her beloved Australia, where she was born and lives to this day. Her stories always contain the beauty and rugged nature of the rural and Outback Australia, as well as the rainforests and coral reefs of Northern Queensland.
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