In 1898, Dr. Mariah Lowe would have preferred to remain relatively anonymous while practicing medicine in Chicago. Only her father's deathbed request brought Mariah home to Coffee Creek, Indiana to take over his practice. Mariah never wanted to come home because the memories of her love, trust, and betrayal by Jake Sullivan, foreman of the local mine, remains too strong. When she was sixteen, Jake killed his best friend, her brother.
A mining accident forces Mariah and Jake to meet for the first time in years. He realizes he still loves her, but knows by having hid the truth behind her sibling's death to protect her, he lost her. She also still loves Jake, but feels she can never trust him. As Mariah intends to uncover the truth behind the mining incident and other so-called accidents, Jake becomes determined to protect her from an unknown but extremely dangerous assailant.
HIS FORBIDDEN TOUCH is an exciting Americana romantic mystery that works because of Linda O'Brien's effective characters that bring the "Gay Nineties" to life. The time, place, and romance will remind readers of By the Silvery Moon. The mystery is a delightful historical piece that augments the feel of the audience reading in a previous century's parlor. Sub-genre fans will be courting Ms. O'Brien to provide similarly captivating tales.