They Waited Their Whole Lives for Their Papa to Return
Nan and Heath Duncan, siblings abandoned by their papa and abused by their guardian, have no choice but to survive on the London streets. When a kind gentleman rescues Nan from such a life, the siblings are separated and raised in two vastly different social worlds. Just when both are beginning to flourish and years have healed some of their wounds, their long-awaited papa returns and reunites them—bringing demands with him. Nan is expected to marry a rich suitor she’s never liked, and Heath is expected to forsake his gentle spirit and become the hardened man his father always was.
Dangers unfold, secret love develops, fights ensue, and murder upsets the worlds Heath and Nan have built for themselves.
They’ve waited their whole lives for their papa to return, for tomorrow to come—but now that it has, will they be able to see through to the truth and end this whirlwind of a nightmare before it costs one of their lives?
Impoverished siblings struggle to overcome a troubled past in this suspenseful entry from Linder (Beneath His Silence). Heath and Nan Duncan have been abandoned by their father, abused by the caretaker he entrusted them to, and forced to survive on the grimy streets of early-1800s London off bits of bread. The siblings are separated after Nan is hit by a carriage driven by well-to-do Frederick Stanhope and is taken in by his family, while Heath finds refuge living with a rector. Nan and Frederick search for Heath, but he's resolved to never contact his sister out of fear that he'd interfere with her new life. Several years later, Heath and Nan's father resurfaces and reunites with his children, only to push Nan to marry the moneyed Lord Humphries, whom she doesn't love, and pressure Heath into learning a trade rather than working at the rectory. As the two try to follow their father's wishes, a slew of troubling incidents—a slaughtered cat, a fire, eventually more dire crimes—pile up, and the two work to surmount the hurdles and find their own happiness. The plot is full of intrigue, and it's anchored by complicated characters whose secrets are slowly, carefully revealed. Readers will be hooked.
Perhaps tomorrow belonged to God.
I must admit I went through a myriad of emotions as I read this book. The author starts out in the most dreadful circumstances, almost impossible for one to believe. Living in a crate, acquiring food in whatever way possible, young Heath Duncan just wants to make sure his little sister, Nan, will be safe. Unexpectedly her living situation changes - but how will her life go on without him?
There are many changes as the years go on, but it seems like papa never returns. Whatever will happen if he finally does? There is intrigue, a life filled with broken promises but also forgiveness, love and a new purpose for living.
An ebook was received through Barbour Publishing, NetGalley and CelebrateLit. These thoughts are my own and were in no way solicited.