Compelling novel of a girl who runs from a past of sexual abuse. Anne is a high-powered divorce lawyer now - tough, smart, and untouchable. When her grandfather dies, she is once again pulled into the family dynamics and must face her past. Can she save the family empire from those who would take everything her grandfather built? Great read.
From Publishers Weekly: "The husband-and-wife team of Judith Barnard and Michael Faine ( A Ruling Passion ) has again created a swift-moving drama set against some rich and exotic backgrounds. The wealthy, influential Chatham family, founders of a Chicago-based realty empire, present a wholesome image to the outside world. But 30-year-old financial whiz Vince Chatham has raped his 13-year-old niece, Anne, and continues to abuse her sexually. When Anne overcomes her fear and guilt to accuse Vince at a family gathering, she is met with skepticism from her relatives and denial from Vince. After Anne runs away from home, however, Vince is stripped of his position at the corporation; enraged, he vows to destroy the rest of the Chatham clan. Nineteen years later, Anne, although emotionally scarred, has become one of Los Angeles's top divorce lawyers and is warily beginning a relationship with a renowned archeologist. Thoroughly unprincipled Vince is now a U.S. senator from Colorado, with his."
A survivor of child sexual abuse, Anne Garnett leaves home far behind at a young age and becomes a high-powered, beautiful -- yet romantically untouchable lawyer. Until love enters the ice princess's life, and her beloved grandfather dies. She finds she must go home and face faces of relatives she'd rather forget in her painful memories of incest. Anne's character is so real, as are the characters readers meet from her past and in the present. This is an example of a romance novel that dips into one of life's true horrors -- incest -- and doesn't romanticize it or try to make it any less pretty than it is.
When a child of 13, Anne was raped by her uncle and no one in her family would believe her. She ran away and in the years to come, she manages to become a lawyer in California. She returns home for her grandfather's funeral only to find all the ghosts of her past have not been swept away.
Great book. It will keep you guessing and rooting for the beautiful young girl against the evil Uncle. Will she ever be able to overcome him.