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A corrupt congressman, a mother's secrets, and a sizzling romance ignite passion and suspense in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood.CordeliaKane has always been a daddy's girl – her father raised her aloneafter her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two yearsold. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, andher emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when hereveals the shocking truth about her mother.Cordelia can'tsuppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and whenshe discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, shetravels there to get them.Hotel magnate Aiden Madison isCordelia's best friend's older brother. He's oblivious to the fact thatshe's had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into takingher along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her lifeatrisk. He's recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing topurchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let suchan offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get whathe wants.In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden's life are made while Cordelia iswith him. Aiden realizes he must put a stop to the madness before heloses the thing he values most.About the AuthorJulie was born in 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri to a large Irish family. At the age of six, Julie had her tonsils removed and complications from the surgery resulted in a long period of recuperation. She fell hopelessly behind in school and never caught up. "I was a slow, slow reader," Julie says. "I hated it." At the age of 11, her mother discovered her daughter's secret and promptly enrolled her in a summer remedial reading class. "When I got there the nuns immediately realized I wasn't even remedial, and Sister Mary Elizabeth was drafted to tutor me." Julie came to know Sister Elizabeth as a friend and mentor. "She taught me to love the written word. Of course, some of the vocabulary was beyond me so I had to look up a lot of words. I sat on a large dictionary -- got up, looked up a word, sat back down." Julie jumped up and down like a jack-in-the-box all summer.Julie married young and had three children. She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publication of two young adult books, she turned her talents to historical romance fiction. Her first romance novel, Gentle Warrior, was published by Pocket Books in 1985 -- there have been over 20 novels since then. Her name appears regularly on bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and her books are enjoyed in many languages around the world. Her reputation as a masterful storyteller is based on stories with appealing characters, powerful emotions, and surprising plot twists. Readers claim that it's the humor as well as the poignancy of her novels that keep them laughing, crying and thoroughly entertained.Julie lives with her family in Leawood, Kansas. When her schedule allows time away from family and career, she devotes her efforts to promoting literacy, and especially enjoys sharing her love of reading with student groups.
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