Setting - San Francisco, 1837 --- Elizabeth Sadler, a bankers daughter, had been brought up in a genteel society. Disowned by her grandmother she had come to San Francisco to join her brother only to find that he had died and been buried two months earlier. Near destitute, and having nowhere to turn to she was sobbing her eyes out. Hearing the heart wrenching cries coming from the room next to his, wealthy businessman James Craig felt impelled to offer whatever comfort he could. The cries were to him a nightmare and a burden he carried within his heart. Opening the door to a stranger was not something she would normally do but Elizabeth couldn't help herself when his kind eyes offered a comfort she desperately needed. He held her like a child throughout the night though the next morning, she ran away never thinking to see the kind stranger again.
Absolutely beautiful --- THIS is why I love ROMANCE novels! Absolutely divine character development, from the lead to the secondary characters. The children were darling - even Ruby who truly was a spoiled brat! The author touches upon a horrid Chinese practice of treating female children as garbage and one man's attempt to save as many of these treasures in order to give them life and love. This was such an enchanting tale, I hated to see it end and it will stay with you long after you've finished. This is a fabulous read by a very gifted author - very poignant yet joyful. ---
A very beautiful love story with some laughs thrown in.
Did not read - bought at used book store. Good condition.