Known to her admirers as "Gracious" Jane Marie, the author has written a delightful story with THE GOODBYE LIE. Set in the late 1800's amid the backdrop of Fernandina, Florida, the story takes off to far away shores-and far away desires, lies, and deceit.
For Breelan Dunnigan, growing up with a strict mother, a father incapable of saying no, and the requisite older sister and younger siblings has been far from a trial. But the time is nearing when soon she'll be married, with a family of her own, and her childhood will be behind her.
Then, while riding her horse upon the shore of the small island of Amelia, twisters arrive out of nowhere, and she's tossed unceremoniously into the ocean. Her rescuer comes in the form of a handsome and mysterious stranger-but is he really there to rescue her from the salty water, or take advantage of her precarious position?
When Breelan and her cousin Norah embark upon a trip aboard the Gentle Comfort and meet its captain, who is to oversee their voyage, she realizes that Captain Waite Taylor is the very man who rescued her from a watery grave. But soon Breelan is shining under the attention of a member of the crew, Trip Clelland, and a marriage is imminent.
What follows, however, is the way that love sometimes fails to follow its intended path. Treachery, deceit, lies, and jealousy all threaten Bree, her cousin, and even her entire family. Love, it seems, has a mind of its own, and will not be denied.
THE GOODBYE LIE, the first of a series, is an engaging story from Jane Marie. I look forward to the next, VELVET UNDERTOW, which will revolve around Breelan's sister, Carolena.