Delighting in Your Company
A Haunting Romance
By Blair McDowell
What more could a girl ask for?
When Amalie Ansett visits her elderly cousin on the small Caribbean island of St. Clements, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. Just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s ready to swear off men forever.
That is until she meets local plantation owner, Jonathan Evans.
He is tall, good looking, intelligent and incredibly sexy.
What more could a girl ask for?
An unsolved murder … Then Amalie discovers that the man she loves is a ghost. Only she can see and hear him. Perhaps he is real to her because Amalie is the image of her distant ancestor, Jonathan’s bride in that earlier time.
Jonathan was murdered two hundred years ago, and has no knowledge of who killed him or why. A perilous trip to the past… When Jonathan asks her to help him by returning with him to his past, Amalie is torn. If she helps him solve the mystery surrounding his death, she could lose him forever.
If she doesn’t, she is stuck with a ghost for a lover. And a love that crosses the boundaries of time.
To save Jonathan, Amalie agrees to travel with him back in time to the Caribbean of the 1800’s, when sugar reigned supreme and the slave trade was making fortunes for wealthy planters and ship owners. Her adventures there include a slave uprising, murder, deceit and an enduring love that crosses the boundaries of time.
About the Author:
I started to write soon after I found my first pencil. But I began to write for publication about 30 years ago — professional books. I wrote six of them, all still in print and still in use. Only lately have I turned to fiction.
I’d have done it a lot sooner if I’d had any idea how much fun it was! I’ve lived in many different places. The US — Certain cities call to me. I love San Francisco and Seattle and the wonderful Oregon Coast. Australia — among the most open welcoming people in the world, and a wide open young country with incredible land and sea scapes, with amazing animal and bird life right out of science fiction.
Canada — HOME. The place where I belong. I travel a lot. I usually spend the month of October in Europe, Greece or Italy, and the winter in a little house I built many years ago on a small non-touristy Caribbean Island. I have worked and studied in many places — Hungary, Australia the US and Canada, and have spoken in most of the States and Provinces as well as Taiwan and various cities in Europe.
I enjoy being surrounded by cultures other than my own. I enjoy my own as well — but variety is indeed the spice of my life. I keep busy — and I love my life. I love meeting the people who come here to the west coast of Canada and stay in my B&B. I love traveling after the tourist season is over.
And I love writing. My interests?? Music, especially opera, reading everything in print, and Writing. And walking on the beach and swimming. At one point I had hoped to swim in every major sea and ocean. I’ve realized that may not be possible in one lifetime — but trying has been fun!
When I first began this book, I thought that I wouldn’t like it because it dealt with the slave trade. I was delightfully wrong! I found myself sucked in to the story very early on. The main character Amalie, is packing up the few items left in her mother’s house, that she intends to keep. She foolishly had been blinded by the love she felt for her ex-husband, and his beautiful body. Unfortunately, he had only married her because he thought he would be able to benefit from her father’s connections in show business.
While Amalie is going through her mother’s things, she discovers an unopened letter that her mother had received shortly after her father’s death. Upon opening the letter, she discovers that she may have a relative in the Caribbean’s; her best friend convinces her to take a vacation and relax at her aunt’s.
When she arrives, she discovers that there is a mystery surrounding the death of her namesake. When the islanders see Amalie, they are shocked to see that she looks exactly like her namesake. Amalie discovers that the man she has been talking to, is in fact the ghost of the other Amalie’s betrothed. As the Amalie from the present develops a relationship with the ghost, he convinces her to venture back to the past to discover who he died.
I promise you won’t be able to put this book down until you discover the truth about the death of Amalie’s namesake. Or, what will come of the love between the present Amalie and her ghost lover.