Book Title: Stepping Across the Desert
Book Description: After being a slave for five years, Rowena finds her way back to London through the help of an Englishman. But 1832 England holds obstacles she hadn't thought of while enslaved. Now she must decide. She can play by the rules of society and try to hide her past, pretending nothing happened. Or she can reveal it all which just might cause her to lose the support of everyone she loves.
Sold into slavery at seventeen, Rowena Brayemore has worked for five years as simply Fatia. She sees no hope of ever leaving until one evening when she is given away to an Englishman, Christophe Sutton. A staunch abolitionist, Christophe feels obligated to take her to Spanish Melilla and set her free, but along the way he finds himself caring for her. Once in Melilla, Sutton searches for ways for an English gentleman and former slave to be together, but before he finds the solution, Rowena disappears without saying a word.
Back in England, Rowena finds ignoring the hurts of her past is not easy. While she begins to relearn the customs of the culture, she realizes she is forever different from the other pampered, rich girls in London. When she and Christophe meet again, Rowena realizes she is not the only who holds secrets.
As rumors, lies and prejudice threaten to run her out of England, Rowena must decide what is more important: being accepted by society through a lie, or embracing her past and the love that Christophe wishes to offer her.
Stepping Across the Desert Copyright © 2017 by Kathryn Caldwell. All Rights Reserved.