Wendy Burge has proven again that she is an unusual romance writer who possesses the skill to combine dark, passionate characters with themes you usually only find in fine literature. In her newest novel WHILE YOU SLEPT Katherine Beatrice Camden-Carey, Viscountess Halsingham has been held captive all her life. She has been locked up in her abusive and embittered father's home for 21 years; never even allowed to venture further than the estate gardens. She has been trapped in a loveless marriage to a handsome, philandering husband who openly flaunts his many mistresses. And worst of all, she has been prisoner to her overweight body. But this is all about to change.
Angry and disgusted that after three years of marriage Katherine still isn't pregnant, her father sends her away to London to be with her husband. But before she reaches her destination the dangerously dilapidated carriage has an accident killing everyone with her and leaving Katherine in a coma.
The "Hellhound" of Dereham Hall, The Marquis Sion Sinclair finds her and brings her to his home entrusting her to the care of his one remaining servant Mrs. Turlow. You see he doesn't give a damn about the fat, ugly, nearly dead woman. All he thinks about is drinking himself into an early grave. Since Victoria, his beloved wife's, [demise] a few years before all Sion cares about it forgetting the terrible role he played in her and his unborn child's deaths.
This all changes when he fires Mrs. Turlow and Katherine's life is left in his drunken hands. While looking upon her emaciated form he finds the strength within himself to care again. Suddenly he is fighting his need for brandy and nursing the comatose young lady into better health.