Orphaned. Rejected. Ruined. How many wrongs can any one person take?
Miss Candace Green is orphaned along with her younger sister and sent to her paternal uncle's home. Intruding on his bachelor's status, he sends them to be "lady's companions" in Bristol.
A year in Bristol envelopes Candace in darkness and desperate to keep her sister from such a fate, they escape to find shelter with their mother's estranged family in London. Family that disowned their mother for marrying a man beneath their class, their father.
En route to London, Candace encounters many people who will change her life forever. She is stunned by their kindness, humbled by their understanding and overwhelmed by their love. As one such person, Lord Blackstone is determined to introduce Candace into polite society while securing her position in the arms of her family. All the while he must fight to hold onto her while trying to right so many wrongs. Is love enough? Can it heal such devastating wounds?
"I am certain you have been told that forgiveness is always at hand; however, I am not certain that you believe it is." Mr. Bailey looked straight ahead at the myriad of colors coming in from the window. It seemed he was addressing the front of the nave instead of her. "Forgiving yourself, my dear, is the very next step." Candace bravely smiled, although she didn't feel any happiness.
"That is not something I have been able to do, I am afraid. I wasn't able to keep any of the promises I had made to my parents. I have failed in my faith." Candace swallowed hard, her eyes filling with tears again. She bit her bottom lip and clasped her hands tightly in her lap.
"Ah, so that is it. Promises made to people who are gone, I will bet. Last breath promises extracted of a young girl, who couldn't possibly know the ways of this cruel world." He paused, knowing how close he had hit his mark. "My dear, there is not a saint in Heaven who would condemn you for the things that have happened to you. Such things can turn the steadfast into doubters for a time, but you must only allow it for a short while." He sat his bible in his lap and placed both palms on the cover. Candace recovered some of her voice.
"It isn't that I feel the Lord has abandoned me, Mr. Bailey. It is I who have fallen short. Fallen such a far distance as I don't know how I shall ever raise myself up again." Her confession stung, ripping open old wounds that had only festered and oozed. Mr. Bailey had certainly been called to this profession. His assumptions were ridiculously accurate without knowing much of the events.
"Perhaps you should let the faith of others lift you back up. I suspect you have been relying on yourself for so long that you have forgotten what it was like to trust others to take care of you. Faith comes at many levels. It would only be right to start one step at a time." Mr. Bailey turned his head to look at her, his gentle eyes offering support. "Raw wounds can be completely healed but only so long as the infection is taken out. I am most conscious that it will not be easy, but it will be most effective."
A.C. Wilson, is a pseudonym for Amanda Wilson Cornell. I felt that it would allow me more freedom as a writer. I live In Abilene, Kansas with my husband, Jesse and my two boys, Hunter (4 yrs) and Ty (1 yr). I grew up in Morrill, Nebraska where my family still ranches and farms in the panhandle. I have a Bachelors in Agri-Business and Finance as well as a Masters in Business Administration. I stay at home during the day with my boys and at night, I am an assistant manager for a local hotel in Abilene.
I started writing romance novels four years ago when Hunter was born. I have always loved to read and Historical Romance, mostly set in Regency England, was inspiring. Suddenly there were characters developing, evolving and speaking to me. I just started writing. I had no idea what I was doing. I let the characters tell their stories. I knew that I wanted my characters to be deeper than the flighty debutantes and random rakes of the time period. I wanted real problems to come to light.
My first novel is Rockwell's Lady, Historical Regency Romance, and was published July 2013. To Right A Wrong is another Historical Regency Romance, was just published September 1, 2013. I am currently working on a Contemporary Romance, Black Hills Angel, set to release December 2013.