Amelia Balfour has one dream. .
.to tour Egypt as a travel writer. But when her wish is finally within reach,
her father dies, and her malformed brother Colin depends upon her to arrange
for a revolutionary surgery. Amelia returns home, hoping he’ll recover before
the ship sails for Cairo.
Former Navy surgeon Graham Lambert is sick—of travelling, loneliness, and especially the injustice of the world. Leaving behind the military, he partners with a renowned surgeon, the man who promises new life to Amelia’s brother.
But just as the operation begins, Graham suspects the surgeon is a fraud. After a botched procedure, Colin goes mad and escapes, terrorizing their neighbor, author Mary Godwin—planting the seed for her greatest creation, Frankenstein. Can Amelia and Graham stop Colin before he destroys everyone in his path and find the tender soul still trapped inside…or will they be too late?
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Her breath caught. “You are not letting me go?”
“Actually, I am—to Egypt.” He chuckled. “All expenses paid for you and your maid. The ship sails in a week. Are you up for the challenge?”
Of all the ludicrous questions! Her jaw unhinged, quite unladylike but totally unstoppable. “I assure you, Mr. Moritz, it is no challenge whatsoever to write of veiled ladies with their turbaned sheikhs. In truth, sir, it is a particular dream of mine.”
“As I well know.” He stretched forward, peering at her from kindly grey eyes. “Which is why I put my neck on the chopping block for you. It took a fair amount of arm twisting with old man Krebe, yet I prevailed. Lucky for you, I am all muscle.” He flexed his arm, pride lifting a thin bicep and his sharp chin.
“Oh, Mr. Moritz…” She clutched the tickets to her chest. “How can I ever thank you?”
“By saving the neck I risked and penning the most brilliant journal in the history of travel writing.”
“Which is what I always aspire to.” She tossed back her shoulders. “Don’t worry, sir, I will not let you down.”