"When's Papa coming back?"
Her question always garnered the same response, "Today or tomorrow". However, tomorrow never came for Heath Duncan and his little sister Nan, leaving them to barely survive the alleys of London's East End after fleeing a cruel guardian. When an unfortunate accident lands Nan in the arms of a benevolent gentleman who takes her home as one of his own, Heath finds refuge with a kindhearted rector and the two siblings live comfortably apart, barely recalling their father . . . until he returns . . . distinctly different from their recollections, while demanding of each, something that they are loathe to give. Instead of chasing their dreams, Heath and Nan become caught up in a nightmare.
"Perhaps tomorrow belonged to God."
This romantic historical survives a rather painstakingly slow build as the narrative pushes forward years of childhood experiences before flowing swiftly towards the crux of the story, thankfully making a rather remarkable recovery, for the ending is nothing short of extraordinary.
* I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
They Waited Their Whole Lives for Their Papa to Return
Nan and Heath Duncan, siblings abandoned by their papa and abused by their guardian, have no choice but to survive on the London streets. When a kind gentleman rescues Nan from such a life, the siblings are separated and raised in two vastly different social worlds. Just when both are beginning to flourish and years have healed some of their wounds, their long-awaited papa returns and reunites them—bringing demands with him. Nan is expected to marry a rich suitor she’s never liked, and Heath is expected to forsake his gentle spirit and become the hardened man his father always was.
Dangers unfold, secret love develops, fights ensue, and murder upsets the worlds Heath and Nan have built for themselves.
They’ve waited their whole lives for their papa to return, for tomorrow to come—but now that it has, will they be able to see through to the truth and end this whirlwind of a nightmare before it costs one of their lives?