Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Sunshine Press
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
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About the Book
Clara Pendleton is a prisoner in her home. Always searching for new places to hide from her uncle, whose drunken attention terrifies and confuses her, she finds a tiny clearing in the back of the property near a disintegrating section of the ivy-covered wall that surrounds the estate.
Gaven Bridge has been sent to Clearwater to live with his Uncle Daniel. Never fitting in, he doesn’t believe he’ll ever meet anyone who understands him. But when he goes out for a walk in the woods, he happens upon a young lady sleeping soundly on a patch of moss.
A deep bond is fostered between them, helping Clara find the courage to change her life. When she finally decides to climb over the ivy wall and out into the world, there is no going back. Will Clara escape her horrible past, or will it destroy the love she and Gaven share?
Clara trembled as she climbed precariously over the crumbling stone wall.
Gaven held her hand, helping her over, and as she made the last step, she stumbled, falling forward against his chest. His warmth was unmistakable, the energy that flowed between them purely magnetic; she couldn’t resist him and she wasn’t sure why.
He was older than her, and Tammy would’ve been horrified to see the way Clara pressed her small hands against his narrow chest, staring into his chocolate brown eyes. She saw things in his eyes she’d never seen before—a world she couldn’t remember, pain that was just as horrific as her own.
He was a kindred spirit.
For a long moment, she stared into his eyes, and he stared back. She was so close she could’ve kissed his tantalizing, full lips. Instead, she just froze.
“You don’t have to worry about me,” he finally said. “I won’t take advantage of you.”
“Why?” Catching herself, she stammered, “I m-m-mean, w-w-what do you mean?”
“I’m not like other men. I’m all cerebral. Sex means nothing to me.”
She didn’t know why she’d said it, but the words tumbled from her lips, “I’m a virgin.” Shocked at her admission to this near-stranger, she clapped a hand over her mouth.
“Of course you are,” he said, seemingly unaffected. “You’ve never left this place before. But—” He remained silent for a long moment. Then he took her hand and began leading her along the narrow path through the woods. “Something happened to you, I can see it. You’ve never had sexual intercourse, but something has happened to you, and you don’t want to talk about it. You hide it.”
“Why do you say it like that?”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean, in the movies and in books, people just say sex. You talk about it like…like a textbook.”
He chuckled. “I told you, I’m cerebral. My intellect is more important to me. You know that already. You can feel it.”
“Yes, that’s true. I like it.”
He forged ahead, holding her behind him until he cleared a branch out of the way. The sun shone down, dancing over bright green foliage, brightening the forest floor.
“I don’t know why we’ve met, but I’m glad we did. You came right to me,” Clara said. “I opened my eyes and there you were. How interesting. Like in a book.”
“You read a lot, like me.”
“Yes, I love to read. One thing I’ll say for Uncle Harris, he’s always kept books in the house. The place has been in the family for several generations, and every generation added books to the library upstairs. My cousin, Tammy, and I read a lot.”
“There’s so much more to your story, Clara. I’m waiting to hear it.”
The rest of the path was clear, and they walked hand in hand for a while until Gaven complained his hands were sweaty. He seemed uncomfortable with physical contact, but at the same time, he seemed to want her near him; a fascinating juxtaposition that did not escape her.
The most mind-boggling thing was that she barely knew this man, yet he’d coaxed her away from her uncle’s property. After only two lengthy conversations, Gaven had managed to talk her into climbing over the wall and out of her prison.
She wondered if he knew how huge this was.
If he didn’t realize it, he would soon.
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Other Books in the Series
Tammy Pendleton thinks she’s broken beyond repair. Sheltered by her parents, a victim of sexual abuse, she wants to escape but doesn’t know how. Until her cousin, Clara, leads her away from the Pendleton estate, and into Clearwater.
Orion Bennett is a motor-head who works at Pete’s Service Station. At nineteen, he is battling depression. But he’s also suffering with trigeminal neuralgia—the suicide disease—and he’s desperate to escape the pain.
When Tammy wanders into the shop one day, she finds herself strangely comforted by the scents and sounds of the garage. Although the pain they suffer is very different, they discover comfort and understanding in one another. The companionship they share has the power to heal. The question is, will they let it?
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About the Author
Rosa Sophia is the author of several novels, including Meet Me in the Garden and The House Guest (Limitless Publishing) as well as Over the Ivy Wall and Orion Cross My Sky (Sunshine Press). Rosa is an automotive mechanic, but everyone thinks she is a librarian. She lives in Florida and hopes to earn an MFA in Creative Writing one day. As a trigeminal neuralgia patient, she also writes about her condition– read Orion Cross My Sky and Meet Me in the Garden –in the hope that it will spread awareness of this rare disorder.
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