A Love Forged In Tragedy

In December of 1917, at the height of the First World War, a munitions ship exploded in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia, decimating the North End of the city. Over 2000 people were killed and 9000 others wounded. Until the atomic bomb tests of the 1940s, it was the largest man-made explosion in recorded history.

This event is the backdrop of my upcoming novel, Sense of Touch. While it may sound like a rather depressing scenario, the story is a heartwarming account of love rising from tragedy.

The blast destroyed Amy’s home and killed her parents, while Sean lost his eyesight and the little sister he’d promised to protect. In the midst of disaster Amy and Sean found each other, if only briefly, as she helped him escape the destruction of the city.

Another chance encounter reunites them in 1923. Amy’s disfiguring scars and her need for security have led her to consider marrying a man she doesn’t love—until the touch of Sean’s hand sparks a desire for something more.

As their friendship blossoms into a passionate affair, Sean finds hope and strength in Amy’s arms—but as he struggles to find a sense of purpose without his sight, can love alone mend the deepest wounds of the heart?

Watch for Sense of Touch to be released in the coming days.

Meanwhile, my first release, the contemporary romance Divided Hearts, is FREE on Amazon Nov. 19-23.


About susanrhughes

Susan R. Hughes is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and three children.
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6 Responses to A Love Forged In Tragedy

  1. Sounds like a great read. Will be watching for this one.


  2. leighmorgan1 says:

    Sue, I’ve never heard of this explosion until I read this. What an emotional pull just from the setting and context. It sounds like an amazing read!


  3. bellastreet says:

    I never heard of it either and love that you’re educating while writing a love story. It’s the best kind of history lesson! Will check out the book!


  4. stephaniequeen says:

    Great dramatic premise and setting, Susan! I’m getting goose bumps thinking about it! Can’t wait to read it!
    Stephanie Queen


  5. E. Ayers says:

    This one I will read ASAP! I just love the whole story premise.


  6. Joan Reeves says:

    Hi, Susan! I remember seeing a documentary about that. I’ll be looking for that book. Hope it flies off the cyber shelves.


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