By Danielle Steel
With a spouse he loves and an exhilarating London-based occupation, architect Charles Waterston's existence turns out in ideal stability. not anything in his cozy lifestyles prepares him for the surprising finish to his ten-year marriage—or his undesirable move to his firm's big apple workplace. With not anything left to lose, Charlie takes a depart of absence from his task to force via New England, hoping to make peace with himself.
Christmas is drawing close whilst Charlie leaves manhattan, heading to Vermont to ski. yet a unexpected, blinding storm from snow strands him in a small Massachusetts city. There, as though unintentionally, Charlie meets an aged widow who bargains to hire him her most beneficial 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 ahead of. Her identify used to be 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 lifestyles she led.
it truly is Christmas Eve while Charlie first glimpses her, a stunning younger lady with jet black hair. He thinks it's a neighbor enjoying a funny story on him, till he unearths her diaries hidden away in an outdated trunk. As he starts to show the brittle, dusty pages, Sarah Ferguson comes alive. Intrigued and unafraid, Charlie immerses himself within the diaries, keen to benefit extra in regards to the girl for whom the home used to be outfitted. Sarah's first access is dated 1789, the yr she arrived in the United States. 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 unexpected land seething with the turbulence of the Indian wars. decided to begin a brand new existence within the significant new global, Sarah reveals freedom—and danger—as she builds her domestic within the desert and meets a guy who will rework her lifestyles. His identify is François de Pellerin, a French nobleman followed by means of Indians and drawn into the conflict for the starting to be country. Their fateful union is a testomony to a love so strong it reaches around the centuries. And for Charlie Waterston, stuck among Sarah's global and his personal, their tale is a gift—one that provides him the braveness to enable pass of his earlier, and the liberty to clutch a destiny that's correct ahead of his eyes.