Book: Dangerous Illusions (Hearts of Hays Book 1) by Barbara Gosscategories: Book, Hays, Kansas, Western, Schoolteacher, Mystery, Christian, Historical Romance
Barbara Gossabout this book: Book 1 of Hearts of Hays series and the last book written under contract with Fleming Revell and converted to eBook by OCR.
Kate, the new schoolteacher, arrives in Hays and is shocked to discover she will not have a permanent place to live, but must board around. Her first home is with the Dutton family who owns a bakery. Kate helps the Duttons by working in the store where she hears all the town's gossip. The stories she hears, despite Margo Dutton's warning, affect her opinions of the residents of Hays.
And then, she meets Geoffrey, an Earl from England who is part of the English colony living in Victoria ten miles from Hays. She falls in love with him immediately. Once again she is disappointed when she discovers he is awaiting the arrival of his fiancée from New York.
Due to an outbreak of measles, Kate is forced to move in with another family. She'd heard gossip about this family and was reluctant to move in with the Redfields. Josh Redfield's wife had disappeared mysteriously and gossip had hinted that Josh had done away with her. Anna Redfield was Kate's youngest student and she tries to help her overcome her grief at the disappearance of her mother.
Slowly the mystery unravels, and all the facts are known. This is a difficult book to describe without revealing its secrets. The message in this book is a lesson in the damage that can be done by gossip as well as deceit.
Josh Redfield and Geoffrey Grandville make guest appearances in the other Hearts of Hays books. Some of my fans claim that they hate to reach the end of my books and have to bid goodbye to characters they'd come to love. I feel the same way when I end a book. So I managed to sneak a few of them into the other books in the series as background characters.
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