By Danielle Steel
With a spouse he loves and an exhilarating London-based profession, architect Charles Waterston's lifestyles turns out in ideal stability. not anything in his cozy life prepares him for the unexpected finish to his ten-year marriage—or his undesirable move to his firm's ny workplace. With not anything left to lose, Charlie takes a go away of absence from his activity to force via New England, hoping to make peace with himself.
Christmas is impending whilst Charlie leaves big apple, heading to Vermont to ski. yet a surprising, blinding storm from snow strands him in a small Massachusetts city. There, as though accidentally, Charlie meets an aged widow who deals to hire him her most respected ownership: a distant, beautiful lakeside chateau. Hidden deep within the woods, it as soon as belonged to a girl who lived and died there centuries prior to. Her identify was once Sarah Ferguson. And from the instant Charlie units foot contained in the chateau's sleek depths, he feels her presence, and longs to understand extra concerning the existence she led.
it's Christmas Eve whilst Charlie first glimpses her, a gorgeous younger girl with jet black hair. He thinks it's a neighbor enjoying a shaggy dog story on him, until eventually he reveals her diaries hidden away in an previous trunk. As he starts off to show the brittle, dusty pages, Sarah Ferguson comes alive. Intrigued and unafraid, Charlie immerses himself within the diaries, keen to profit extra concerning the girl for whom the home used to be equipped. Sarah's first access is dated 1789, the yr she arrived in the USA. with no self-pity or sentiment, she writes of her harrowing trip from her local England, having fled the brutality of her aristocratic husband. Settling in Massachusetts, Sarah unearths an surprising land seething with the turbulence of the Indian wars. made up our minds to begin a brand new lifestyles within the huge new international, Sarah unearths freedom—and danger—as she builds her domestic within the desolate tract and meets a guy who will remodel her lifestyles. His identify is François de Pellerin, a French nobleman followed via Indians and drawn into the conflict for the growing to be state. Their fateful union is a testomony to a love so strong it reaches around the centuries. And for Charlie Waterston, stuck among Sarah's international and his personal, their tale is a gift—one that provides him the braveness to enable move of his previous, and the liberty to seize a destiny that's correct earlier than his eyes.