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Featuring Madeline McDonald
I finally made it into print. I progressed from writing newspaper columns to a proper print book. One year ago, the Wild Rose Press published THE RESCUED HEART.
In his youth, my Dad also made it into print. He won third prize in a newspaper competition, for a story about a prisoner looking out of his cell window. In the self-indulgent 21st century, Dad would have bought himself a new laptop, or at the very least a coffee mug emblazoned with the words author at work. Instead, in the grim 1930s, he hung onto a job and got married, then served in the war and spent the next 30 years paying off a mortgage. He threw out the newspaper clipping, so my brother and I never got to read his words.
He was a great Dad and he put his own dreams on hold to raise a family: I owe him my education and my opportunities. More than that, I owe it to him to put inherited talent to use.
Bio: Madeleine McDonald lives on the windswept coast of England. She finds inspiration walking on the beach before the world wakes up.
When a family friend invites widow Ellen Ross to the Basel art fair, she stifles her misgivings and takes a hesitant step toward healing. Yet it is an accidental meeting with youthful Swiss artist Christian Karl that offers her an escape from grief. Captivated by his zest for life, she is shaken on her return to find she carries his child.
Christian takes pride in seeing through the facades his sitters present to him. When he paints Ellen, he sees passion and courage beneath the prim, conventional shell she shows the world. Despite her denial, he cannot believe his instinct has betrayed him. To find the truth, he must pursue his love to her native Scotland.
Face-to-face again, Ellen must decide--can she accept Christian's optimistic approach to life and take a gamble on their future? Or will pride force her to reject him?