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Grace is convinced her father is involved in the illegal alcohol trade and fears his activities will lead to his arrest. Should this happen, her grandparents, civic leaders and trusted merchants in town, would be disgraced. And what about her relationship with Jerome? Even if he still cared for her after the family's downfall, Grace would feel unworthy of his regard.

With her family's reputation and her own happiness at stake, Grace seeks to discover the extent of her father's dealings with the inscrutable Rafe Ramsey. Has she acted in time to preserve her comfortable life in Chester or have the seeds of her family's ruin already been sowed?

As I've drafted and revised this novel, certain themes have emerged, among them the strength of family ties, the complex nature of love, and how the people in our lives sustain and confound us in equal measure.

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