The Extraordinary Life of Amy Winston, Book 2
Domnika was the daughter of a Russian Czar who lost his head. For her protection she was sent to a girl’s school in Switzerland. Even from the start, whoever sent her there, did not provide adequate clothing for her, but they did pay the tuition, so she had no reason to leave the school. Later, even the tuition stopped. It is most probable that the person who had sent the money either died or saw no hope that the family of the Czar could ever reclaim his throne. But either way, she was abandoned, or would have been had not Amy spent her own funds to pay for her schooling and then took Domnika with her when they ran out of money and had to leave school.
Shockingly, on Domnika’s very first day in Nicolas’s house, he attempts to compromise her. Domnika did not think well of Nicolas at all! And shares that with him.
Thus, the first chance he gets, he lets Domnika know that without family she has no protection and he can do anything to her. ANYTHING!
When Amy and her friend Domnika arrive in London, she discovers her guardian, Nicolas, is under the thrall of his ‘perfect’ wife. Neither is happy she has come. The only person who seems pleased with her arrival is the handsome valet, Antonio, who turns out to be far more than a servant.
Needing to escape her guardian’s care, Amy and Domnika take refuge at a fellow schoolmate’s home. Antonio leaves Nicolas’ service and becomes one of her many protectors. Unlike the other protectors, he becomes the first of many admirers that vie for her hand.
All the while, Nicolas continues to prove over and over that he is not the fine fellow her uncle had thought.
Nicolas read the letter over to ensure he grasped the content.
“Is something wrong?” his wife Sicily asked, as she entered the library and noticed his expression.
“Not wrong, exactly, only unexpected. It appears my ward Amy and a friend intend to visit London.”
“Why?” she asked, her voice betraying concern.
“I’m not sure. She should have had sufficient funds to go another year if she was frugal.”
Sicily laughed. “Well, there you have it. Surely you must realize by now that ladies cannot be frugal, even when they try so very hard.”
Nicolas pulled her into his arms. “And are we talking about my ward, or my beautiful and perfect wife now?” he teased.
“I’m by no means perfect. If I were, I could make my allowance stretch through the month.”
“And if I were a better provider, I could make so much money that you would never be constrained by an allowance,” he replied and kissed her.
When the kiss broke, she leaned her head upon his shoulder. “She doesn’t expect you to give her a season, does she?”
“It is possible. I did promise Uncle John that I would do that.”
“But darling, we are losing ground now. How can we possibly afford to give her a season? And to what point? Without a dowry and her dubious parentage, there is no chance of her finding a husband. I understand that she was a sweet child that you doted upon, but there is nothing you can do to help her, and to be honest, it will bbe a social disaster if she stays here as our guest.”
Nicolas stiffened and assisted her off his lap. He had discovered one serious flaw in his bride. She had no respect to what it meant when he gave his word. Constantly, she pressured him to break his word on little matters. He had said he would attend the Batcher’s party on Wednesday, but would it not be far more sensible to attend the Stonewell’s instead? And while he all too often gave in on these little matters, he would not betray Uncle John again.
“Amy and her friend Domnika will be welcomed with open arms into this house and may stay as long as they like. That is not open for discussion. Uncle John loved Amy like a daughter and would never forgive me if I refused her refuge, especially since it is I who foolishly trusted your father with her dowry.”
Sicily’s eyes rounded with hurt as if he had slapped her. “As you wish.” She then turned and ran from the room.
Book 1- Pure Innocence
Book 2 – Love’s Betrayals
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Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
Raised in the southern mid-section of U.S., Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations. Again…go figure.
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Ms. O'Connor's stories deal with emotional topics in a way to draw the reader in and have them empathizing with the characters. I find myself longing to be a better person after reading her stories. I wish I could be as patient and kind as her characters (or as strong and fierce). While this is the second book in a trilogy, it can be read alone but why would you want to?? After all, you will miss out on Amy's extraordinary childhood and the reason she's only able to rely on herself.