The Heart's Longing -- Book Three of The Briarcrest Chronicles
A 2011 Finalist for the Golden Crown Literary Society's "Goldie" award.
romance and adventure from women with ties to
The Keepers of Briarcrest have a long history. What happens when Trinn Wells,
a thirty-something pastry chef from Boston, discovers her connection to the place
and the people of Briarcrest? And what part has the Wycombe family, most recently
Sidney Wycombe, an established young London solicitor, played in keeping the
history of Briarcrest alive? When the two women meet, the attraction is strong, but
they struggle to keep their feelings from interferring with their mission to save the
memory of Briarcrest. Will they be able to succeed or will the memory die forever?
And will they be able to break down each other's walls and fulfill the longing of
their own hearts? Find out in Book Three of The Briarcrest Chronicles --
The Heart's Longing.
jarred Trinn awake.
Her curls lay in tangles around her head.
Sweat beaded on her forehead and her chest heaved as she stared into the
darkness through large blue eyes. The dream occurred frequently, but she
had never remembered any details, until now. She allowed the feelings to churn.
A blurred image began to sharpen. A forest, dark and cold. Running for her life.
Not so much a flight from something as a running toward…a place…of safety
and protection. A word materialized from deep within her memory with strong
breathing calmed and she strained to remember more. Sensations
bombarded her. The color green. The smell of sweet spring grass. Warm
sunlight on her face upon emerging from the darkness of a woodland. The
pull of an edifice built of soft pink, almost-glowing stones. Home. Finally a
name came to her. She had no idea who it was, but it was definitely a name
that made her smile. MacGregor. Someone well known to her. Someone for
whom she reserved a special place in her heart. MacGregor made her laugh
and when he did, she wasn’t afraid of the dark places any more. Her heart felt
light when she considered him. Her breathing quieted even more. She closed
her eyes and saw rolling green hills with low stone walls that marked out
boundaries, but she couldn’t hang on to the image. It faded from her mind’s eye
in an instant. Still, she knew MacGregor was there. She longed to go back to him.
A flash of
memory flitted across her consciousness and she knew he had
been the reason for her search in the forest. But she had almost lost her way. She
rubbed her eyes, trying to conjure up the image and it proved unsuccessful. It was
wailed a few blocks away as an emergency vehicle sped down a
nearby Jamaica Plain street. She took a few steps from the tiny studio’s bedroom
area to the kitchenette to get a drink of water and glanced at the clock on the wall
glowing neon pink. Two o’clock in the morning. The emotion of the dream was still
with her, even though the details had vanished. She raised the glass to her mouth
and tasted the sweet, cool liquid. Another fleeting image shimmered and faded.
It was more of an impression really. She cupped her hand in a fast-flowing, shallow
stream, drinking from it, quenching her thirst. The name came to her a second time…
sank down into bed, drifting back to sleep, the question still hammered
her mind. Who was MacGregor? Something else niggled at her. She only had a few
more hours to sleep before going back to a job she hated in a place she detested for
a man she despised. The sound that came from her throat almost threatened to bring
her back to full wakefulness. She pushed the bitter image away. In a few minutes,
peaceful sleep came to her as she blocked out unpleasant recollections with the
whispered name …MacGregor.
Furtado's characters are
very real and quite likeable. Trinn has a
as she experiences the wonders of 'high end' London. Sidney, trying to balance her
successful law practice, deal with her health issues, and solve the mystery of Briarcrest
appeals to all readers who are multi-taskers. The Heart's Longing has it all: a good
story, creepy villains, and a good romance! --RLynn - Just About Write Reviewer
suspense and interwoven layers of mystery create a hook that leaves
engrossed and turning pages to the next major discovery. Gently erotic sensuality, laden
with emotion, scented with romance, "The Heart's Longing" provides a wonderfully
captivating reading experience. Although this volume is book three in the series, it works
fine as a stand-alone novel, though you will be inspired to check out the first two books as well.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars --PermaFrost - Rainbow Reviews
A reader wrote:
Just finished reading "The Heart's Longing" and had to email you to say how much I
enjoyed it. I would've read it in one sitting except I couldn't keep my eyes open and
had to stop at about 2 am. Picked it up again (after getting my coffee) the next
morning and finished it. --Gail
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