I began writing stories even as a child but only started to write in earnest during the last few years. I have achieved publication thanks to Blushing Books! I have just finished writing my eleventh book and have ideas for others buzzing around in my head. I like to write within in a historical setting, giving my readers a genuine feel for the era that the book is set within. I enjoy exploring my characters motives and their psychological reasoning for their actions. All my books have an element of adventure peopled with feisty females and dominant men who believe in being the head of their households.
Bombay, India, 1870 and Elspeth Merryweather has lost both her parents. She has two choices, return to England, to a homeland she has never visited, or marry the devil, in the form of Captain Henry Wooten. She chooses the latter, marriage to the captain. She quickly regrets her hastily made decision, especially when she finds herself sent back to England alone and unescorted. She is wholly unprepared to meet another man, Professor Adam Beresford, who is returning to Britain with a mystical stone in his possession. On the voyage Adam proves himself to be everything her husband is not, he is firm but kind and Elspeth soon learns the difference between Wooten’s abuse and Adam’s loving correction.
A woman is made up of many aspects of personality and Elspeth is no exception. A young Victorian woman whose character has been formed by necessity, she is lifted from despair and given hope but a cruel twist of fate changes everything, a simple courageous act on her part leaves her with total amnesia. Remembering nothing of her previous life she awakens in a void, with no memories of the cruelties she has suffered or the love she has recently found. Can Elspeth, a lost waif, survive the rigors of poverty in the harshness of Victorian London?
Turning to mudlarking as a way of survival, will she create enough strength to sustain her through these desperate times? Will her loving professor find her before it is too late? Will Elspeth have enough personal courage to become her own person and rekindle the passion she once felt for her lost love even when she cannot remember his name? Can an emerald, the mystical Shiromani, help bring them together to form bonds that were lost?
Vanessa Brooks brings us her new Victorian melodrama, one that will enthrall you and carry you on a journey spanning the distance from India all the way to Victorian England during the 1870s. This is an epic tale that encompasses betrayal and a lasting love that knows no bounds.