John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 21

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US John startled himself awake. He was still in his chair. He checked his pocket watch and saw that he had dozed off for another hour but something was nagging him this time. He felt that another vision was trying to emerge. He was so anxious to see Margaret that he went to his bedchamber, stripped down and fell across the sheets. He popped back up with his nakedness and closed the door to his room. Should he finally get some sleep, he did not want to embarrass Jane, his housekeeper. … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 20

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US Chapter 11        John waited until she was inside and then returned to his carriage. “Very nice lady,” Branson remarked. “Yes, she is, Branson. I hope she will be my wife someday,” John said, somewhat in a daze, not realizing that he was speaking aloud. “Right you are, Guv.” John removed his top hat and slid inside on the leather seat. “Branson, I know it’s late but just ride around anywhere for a while. The house will seem too lonely going back. I need to think for … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 19

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US “I’d like nothing better.” John took her hand in his and led her to the sofa. Before allowing her to sit, he pulled her to his chest wanting to feel her every softness and curve. He ran his fingers through her hair, pulling out the hairpin and he suckled her lower lip as he raked his fingers through her long silken hair. Mesmerized by her scent, he found her neck and inhaled all he could of her. Gently backing her up, he settled her on the coach as he … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 18

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US Chapter 10     Kindle had spent his last evening pacing the floor wondering how Margaret’s trip was going. He could not get that Mr. Thornton out of his mind – being able to spend all those hours with Margaret, possibly charming her. Who wouldn’t want to woo a woman like Margaret? He would be so glad to have her home tomorrow evening. Kindle was not finding anything to occupy his mind other than this woman and he did not know if he could stand another night of not … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 17

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Daniel opened his eyes and noticed the brightness of the room. He had overslept. He rolled over and looked at this beautiful wife sleeping peacefully. She was always up before him so Daniel assumed the ladies had been up most of the night. He quickly rose, dressed, and left the house without eating. If he hurried, he could make it to work on time. Margaret’s eyes fluttered open. She rolled to her side watching the sun rays streaming in through the parted curtains. It was a lovely little … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 16

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US Chapter 9   The train blew its whistle alerting everyone that they were only minutes from the station. Still holding Margaret in his arms, he started to kiss the hollow at the base of her throat. Moving from there, he caressed her with his lips down the arch of her ivory neck. Margaret tilted her head back giving him full access to that most intimate sensation. As John kissed his way back to her ear he whispered to her.” Will you put your hand in my lap, Margaret?” Margaret … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 15

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US “Who?” Captain Lennox asked, again, incredulity spreading across his face. “Baron Brampton,” remarked Edith. “I thought that is who you said. I am amazed. Edith, are you sure that is who was here last night?” “Well,” Edith said, starting to pout from his disbelief of her. “I was sure until you started to question me that way. Now you have me wondering. His first name is Kindle, does that help?” asked Edith. “Yes, that is Baron Brampton all right. He practically oversees all the military in the realm for … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 14

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Chapter 8     Edith was sitting in the parlor talking with her mother about the confrontation at their doorstep between Mr. Thornton and Mr. Brampton. “Poor Margaret,” said Edith. “She handled that situation very well, do you not agree, Mother?” “Yes, I do agree but such situations should never arise. The impertinence of that Brampton man, both last night and this morning should have Margaret evaluating his behavior before she sees too much of him.” Suddenly, Edith had a big intake of breath. A startling revelation occurred … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 13

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Kindle’s carriage was arriving at the seasonal apartment of Lady Carter at its duly appointed time. He had sent a note around after his breakfast asking if he could speak with her. The reply that he received stated she would see him immediately. He was honorable and a gentleman, but he would be honest, as only a gentleman should, he told himself. The driver opened his coach door and he saw his guards dismount to wait by their horses. Arriving in the vestibule, Lady Carter came to greet … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 12

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Chapter 7   Kindle arrived back at his apartment, finding Gilbert sitting down to their late breakfast as was customary with their late nights. “Where have you been Cousin?” asked an energetic Gilbert who appeared to Kindle to be in rare form for the hour. Many a morning had Kindle and Gilbert sat across from each other, reluctant to speak because neither was usually very sociable until noon. Gilbert was certainly different this morning. “What has you so full of yourself this early?” asked Kindle. “Myself, I am … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 11

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US     Margaret had finished eating and packing, all the while thinking about seeing Megan again. Her pleasant thoughts of seeing her best friend were interrupted with other, more pleasant thoughts. She had very little sleep last night thinking of Mr. Brampton and his spontaneous farewell and the breathtaking Mr. Thornton, who would soon be picking her up. In the cold light of day, she could not help but chastise herself for accepting a ride from a stranger. Nevertheless, he did not feel like a stranger. She remembered the … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 10

  John Thornton’s Unfold Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Kindle arrived back at his quarters to find his brother sitting in his favorite chair, sipping a scotch. “How went your evening, Gilbert? I did not expect you home this early. Was Miss Eve unavailable this evening?” Kindle asked as he walked over to the liquor cabinet and pulled out a very fine brandy. The apartment reflected a very male-dominated household, with family historical weaponry, centuries old, covering the walls. There were several suits of heavy armor erected to stand in corners. The room was decorated in the … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 09

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   The evening dinner was over at the Shaw’s home, and the three ladies—Edith, her aunt, and Margaret—had just settled in the parlor to hear Edith play the piano. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door, and they all looked from one to the other. No one was expecting a visitor. The maid went to the door and came back into the parlor with a card in her hand.” A gentleman to see Miss Hale. Here is his card,” she said, handing it to Margaret. “Oh, it is … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 08

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Chapter 5     It was a cool night. The light breeze was drifting through John’s bedchamber window, but this new vision woke him up, glistening with sweat, well after midnight. This dream was clear, and he wanted to recapture it, for it was very pleasant. He could vividly see the woman with all of her charm and appeal sitting at a table, reading a book. She was a vision within his vision.   Who is she? Why do I keep seeing her?   In his office the … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 07

  John Thornton’s Unfold Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Margaret eagerly opened the note that Megan had sent. Megan had many pleasant pieces of news about her work at the school. She wrote how well her husband was learning his trade in the cotton mill. They were all settled in their home and Megan wanted so much for Margaret to come visit her before the winter set in. Above all, she wanted Margaret to meet her husband and see how happy she was. She knew Margaret worried about her after she left for finishing school but life … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 06

  John Thornton’s Unfold Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Chapter 4   It was nearing 10:00 a. m. as Margaret sat waiting patiently for Mr. Bell to pick her up for a day at the museum. Even though she was excited to be going to look at the famous works of art, her mind was more agreeable engaged thinking about the night she met Kindle. It would be next week before he would pick her up for an afternoon on the water unless they both happened to be invited to the same ball. If he had been … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 05

  John Thornton’s Unfold Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Chapter 3   “Margaret, thank you for another nice day out. I had but seen only two of the churches before the ones we saw today. Much of the appreciation is in the architecture, do you not agree,” said Mr. Bell, handing her into the coach.” Margaret tried to stifle a giggle but Mr. Bell quickly noticed it. “Margaret, you find something amusing. Do you care to tell me what it is?” “I had a lot of things I was thinking about. You and what we have seen … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 04

  John Thornton’s Unfold Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Over the weeks that followed, Margaret kept in constant contact with her dearest friend, Megan Willets. She was happy to hear that Megan had found happiness with a nice young hard working man named Daniel. Although Megan was a schoolteacher by day, she met Daniel one evening as she waited for her parents to return on the evening train. Daniel was passing through Helstone on his way to Milton to take a job in a cotton mill. He had heard that many laborers were finding work in that … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 02

  John Thornton’s Unfold Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US       Wednesday night John had his first dream about Winona. It was quite odd for he rarely dreamed. Remembering the dream when he awoke, his feeling of uneasiness had increased over the dilemma of marrying her. The dream was not at all pleasant as he thought it should have been. Would not one’s dreams have beautiful scenes about a prospective wife? His vision of Winona seemed to be in the future. A few age lines had appeared on her lovely face and she was holding a young … Read more

John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream – 01

  John Thornton’s Unfolding Dream   Amazon Download   $3.99 US   Helstone, England 1850     Margaret Hale grew up with many family friends during her formative school years in Helstone. She was a lively child with intelligence, and a burgeoning loveliness that everyone could see but herself. She happily warmed to the loving and easy pace of the southern English countryside where her father was a clergyman and her mother was a Lady. It was the spirit and the fellowship of neighbors calling on one another, bringing tarts, having tea and gossiping about the latest dress that little … Read more