To Make You Mine
"Unseasonable cold crept across the lush New England summer. The remainders of the cheerful day were whisked away on a sharp breeze, into the surrounding forest . . ."
Cape Ann, Massachusetts – Amidst the winding trails nestled within serene woods, danger looms for a family divided by betrayal, friendship grapples with true love, and one person’s prowling jealousy will attempt to destroy all . . .
Young Millie Chandler’s life is changed forever the day she discovers a runaway, Ben Thatcher, in the forest surrounding her harsh mansion home. Each neglected in different ways, they find mutual understanding in each other for the first time in their lives. Her aunt takes Ben in, and through years filled with trials and triumphs their friendship lays the foundation of deep-rooted love. As adults they are shaken to discover they now want each other in far different ways, yet both remain wary of jeopardizing the most important bond in their lives.
After decades of training, Millie reaches for her dream only to have an envious adversary snatch it away. As she rebuilds, Ben and Millie can no longer deny their passion, yet the same spiteful enemy uses blackmail and deceit to tear them apart. Disillusioned, Millie runs from the life she has always known and Ben must fight his way back to the only woman he will ever love. Caught in a web of smuggling, murder, and greed spanning time, continents, and consorts, she is eventually forced to return and confront Ben. Yet a killer lurks within the dark forest, anxious to destroy her every hope even as they are reunited.
I was well into the second draft of this manuscript before I was able to visit New England. Immersing myself in the Cape Ann area, it amazed me how I could feel my characters' presence. The trip also affirmed the story and the goals of the main characters.
A few strange coincidences took me by surprise, the largest being I discovered the name of the road where I thought the Chandler property would be located is Thatcher Road—Ben’s last name. I had his name eight months prior to this discovery. You just can’t make up coincidences like that!