Book One – Katherine’s Arrangement
Katie’s family is left destitute after their home is burned to the ground by Yankee soldiers. An answer to their dilemma comes seemingly out of nowhere. The prominent Mr. Josiah Richardson offers a home, work for Pa, and a new beginning for them all. There is no point in Katie belaboring the sad truth of entering into a loveless marriage. Her dreams and aspirations are of little significance in light of her family’s plight.
The gentleman in Josiah finds he can no more force the frightened Katie into his bed, than he can force her into loving him, so he sets out to gently woo her. His desire is to become her friend and earn her trust and love first. Katie is pleasantly surprised that she enjoys both his company and humor. Contrary to her assumptions, she is drawn to him.
When Josiah’s younger partner, Colby, and Katie strike up an instant friendship, Josiah feels a growing sense of insecurity and jealousy festers within him. Katie cannot conceive Josiah’s sudden disinterest in her. Both are left with the confusion of what to do with their so-called marriage.
Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, and an avid blogger. Her authentic understanding of the power of forgiveness through life experience has birthed the compelling novel, Anna's Secret, where failure, love, and romance collide. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in Canada.