Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson

By Catherine Anderson

The GiftAnnie Trimble lives in a solitary global that not anyone enters or is aware. As gentle and lovely because the soft blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is avoided through a city that misinterprets her disease. yet cruelty can't smash the affection Annie holds in her center. Alex Montgomery is horrified to profit his wild more youthful brother pressured himself on a helpless "idiot girl." suffering from guilt, Alex concurs to marry her and lift the babe she contains as his personal. yet he by no means desires he'll develop to cherish his wonderful, mute, misjudged Annie--her childlike innocence, her womanly charms and the wondrous method she perspectives her global. And he turns into decided to damage throughout the wall of silence surrounding her--to heal...and to healed via Annie's candy track of affection.

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Seven in the evening could scarcely be termed the middle of the night, and observing Douglas with the whiskey jug reminded Alex that it was high time he stopped thinking of his twenty-year-old brother as a boy. ” Alex moved farther into the room and hung the lantern from a rafter hook. ” Douglas groaned again. ” Planting his hands on his hips, Alex spread his jean-clad legs and jutted his chin. “Old Judge Trimble just paid me a visit. ” That seemed to get Douglas’s attention, and he flopped onto his back to peer out from under his cupped fingers.

Though he had glimpsed Annie Trimble only a few times and always from a distance, he kept picturing her, smal and fragilely built, a fey, harmless creature who frequented the surrounding forests, more shadow than substance, always skittering into the trees to hide when she encountered strangers. How must her parents be feeling tonight, knowing that she had been so cruel y attacked? And not by just anyone, but by Douglas Montgomery, whose brother’s wealth had always made him invulnerable to the law.

Because he’s a chicken-livered little turncoat, that’s why. I had too much to drink and things got out of hand. ” It seemed to Alex that the lantern light pulsated, glowing brightly one second, dimming slightly the next. ” Permanent harm? ” Douglas huffed under his breath as though the charge was preposterous. “By definition, rape occurs when a man forces his unwanted attentions on a female. ” “Only look at how she dresses and comports herself! Wearing naught but a thin camisole and bloomers under her dress, no corset or petticoats to conceal her shape.

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