The Stolen Marriage

In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to
the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to
Hickory, North Carolina. Hickory is a small town struggling with racial tension
and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft,
is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife,
and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a
strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider,
treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town’s
prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed for the death. When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, taking the lives of some of its
children the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital in less than three days. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry’s wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry’s actions
grow more baffling and alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of
her patients, can she untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior and save her
own life?

  • EAN: 9781509808540
  • Pages: 384
  • Format: Trade Paperback
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