THE DIARY OF NARCISSA DUNN
Scandalous secrets discovered in an old diary could shatter Olivia’s identity and destroy her family. Will it be its finder or a messenger from the grave who reveals its
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THE DIARY OF NARCISSA DUNN is a ghostly love story that combines historical fiction with romantic and paranormal elements. Set in New England, pre-Civil War, the story reveals the complex relationship between a father and daughter. When Olivia’s father tries to force his daughter into an unwanted marriage, mysterious events occur, leaving the family on edge.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Pratt, desperately in love with Olivia, discovers an old diary that exposes scandalous, long hidden secrets. He becomes
an unwilling messenger, torn between revealing truths that will shatter her
identity and destroy her family, or keep the secret and watch her marry
another. Either way, he’s bound to lose her unless a mysterious woman
(I love to include meddling, humorous, and often wise aunts or servants in my books. In this excerpt, Lovena, the housemaid, is there for Olivia in every crisis.)
Lovena’s head snapped toward the sound of the slammed door, nearly dropping the dish she’d just dried. “Livie, what’s wrong?”
Olivia’s eyes blurred with unshed tears.
Setting down the dish, Lovena went to her.
“You better take a seat and breath. I’m guessin’ you and your beau had a
fight.” She led her to a chair.
“Has he left?” Olivia lips trembled as her eyes darted toward the closed door.
Lovena walked over to the window that faced the porch, the one she used to keep a cautious eye on her charge. “He’s climbin’ into his carriage and he lookin’ none too happy.”
Olivia walked to the table and sank into a chair. “William is not my beau though it appears everyone else believes so. He has done a better job courting my father than courting me,” Olivia burst out before covering her mouth and looking toward the parlor.
“Your father’s gone up to bed. He left me to keep an eye out for you. You look like you need to talk.”
“William believes it is God’s will we marry. He’s already talked to Father and received his blessing. What was I to say? Do I even have a voice in the matter?”
Lovena’s large bosom lifted and sagged.
She shook her head. “You been spending time with Mr. Tapley, goin’ for walks
and carriage rides. Didn’t you plan to go with him to the spring dance the town
been plannin’ after Easter? In his mind, you and him were courtin’ in a respectful way.”
“Most of the time he was conversing with Father.” Olivia’s shoulders slumped. Had she led him to believe she was expecting a proposal? “I admit I was flattered by his attentions at first, but I hadn’t considered our relationship went beyond friendship…until recently.”
“A man’s attentions to a pretty young woman ain’t never a desire for only friendship.”
“I hadn’t meant to lead him to thinking I’d want to marry him.” She covered her face with her hands.
Lovena pushed out a chair and sat beside her. “I think you been enjoyin’ Mr. Tapley’s attentions until the Pratt boy started showin’ up.”
Olivia couldn’t deny it. At first she was flattered by William’s desire to spend time with her but deeper feelings hadn’t grown, despite the time they spent together. Even his kisses were forgettable. It was so different with Ben. Her heart leaped in her chest the minute she saw him arrive to begin his work. Her body tingled into the depth of her womb when they were together.
Lovena wiped away a tear that rolled down Olivia’s cheek. “We can’t control those feelin`s inside, Livie, when the right boy stirs ‘em up.”
“What am I to do?” she pleaded. “Father will understand, won’t
he? He can’t expect me to agree to marry a man I could never love.”
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About the Author
Elaine writes British and American Historical Romances. Part of the fun of writing Historicals,
she says, is doing research into the past and creating characters who live and love in those sometimes glorious and sometimes harrowing times. A veteran
English teacher, Elaine holds a BS in English Education from the University of CT and an MS in Educational Leadership from Central CT State University. She presently teaches public speaking part time at a local community college. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and CT Romance Writers (CTRWA). Residing on the Connecticut shoreline with her golfing husband, Drew, she delights in being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her favorite activities apart from writing are nature walks, kayaking, and playing Mah Jongg with friends.