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.