Beguile Me Not

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Auckland, New Zealand, 1884...

To believe that you have everything but feel as though you have nothing—such an existence is one which Miss Anna Brown knows everything about. She has money, breeding, and a position at the top of Auckland society, but no happiness or purpose. Boredom, disillusionment and emptiness afflict her, and it is growing worse by the day. Yet she refuses to believe that there can be any life besides this one.

Then, one night at a grand midsummer ball, she steps out onto the moonlit terrace and into beguiling Russian artist Sasha Ivanovsky. He is unconventional, unfettered, adventurous, dangerously bohemian—everything that she is not, everything that she fears. But she is bewitched. Unthinkingly, she dances the night away with him.

When dawn breaks, it brings with it the cold light of reality. Ivanovsky is not wealthy, not well-bred, not respectable, not suitable. Anna’s carefree exhibition on the dance floor has set the tongues of society wagging, and she cannot bear it.
Anna resolves to live the life that society expects her to live. She tells Ivanovsky that they must never see each other again. As he walks away, she sobs with grief. Although forgetting such a man, such a love, is impossible, Anna believes she is now safe.

But she is not, for this young and dangerous land has an unthinkable fate for her.

When a wild summer storm blows in one night, the raging ocean leaves a gift for Anna. No longer can she believe she has everything. Not now that she has before her the one thing that can fill her emptiness—the one thing she is too afraid to have. Submitting to it would mean sacrificing everything. Can such a bold step into the unknown ever be taken by Miss Anna...?

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