A mysterious and poignant coming of age story set in the 1950's with the same classic feel as A Little Princess and The Secret Garden. A Wattys 2014 Talk of the Town Award winner and a Wattpad Featured story!
A tragic accident takes Jess's parents - and everything else she's ever known. A cold and controlling uncle, the only family she has left, takes her far from her home in the big city to live on the rural family estate with her equally distant older cousin. Struggling to adjust to her new life, she faces loneliness and isolation.
But while exploring the woods surrounding her home, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy. Desperate for a friend, she's instantly drawn to him, but he's deeply distrustful and wants nothing to do with her. Sneaking off to see him, she works hard to break through his walls and slowly gains his trust.
As time passes, their bond grows from friendship into something more, but so does the danger they'll be caught. At the same time, family secrets swirl around Jess. How far will Jess have to go to protect the boy she's fallen in love with? Will her uncle find out before she can escape his control? Or will the mounting secrets destroy all of them?
By the same author as Wattys finalists Stolen Hearts and Love You Forever!
Historical Fiction #1
General Fiction #3
Warning: This story contains occasional language and mild violence.