Thorn lingered in the town for a couple of hours. He wandered amongst the tourists, enjoying the distant contact with people. When loneliness really took a hold, just being surrounded by strangers was a treat. He stopped at ‘The Drowning Princess Café’ for coffee. As he waited for his order, he re-read the signs on the walls that told the legend of the princess.
Her family sent her to this place, a far off land, to marry a prince. Her father, the old king, did the deal for riches. The prince wanted this woman to love him, but she couldn’t, and pined for her home. Her miserable existence got the better of her, and she threw herself into the sea, here from the quayside where the townspeople erected a tavern to honor her drowning. Her mother, who had opposed the marriage from the start and was rumored amongst her own people to be a witch, had died too not long after, made ill by grief. The legend told of a spell she cast on the prince before she died. It was so powerful a spell that in her broken-hearted condition she weakened from the exertion and died. The modern day café stood on the exact spot where the princess threw herself into the waves, after the original tavern had finally decayed.
Thorn didn’t think there was even a remote truth to the legend when he’d read the posters on his first visit to the coastal town. Now, he sighed, thinking it was more than likely true. He picked up the coffee served to him and drank a little. It was good coffee. He watched people come and go for a half hour and then left to drive home.
He took the winding coast road up the hillside to his palace. As he drove, he considered Sandy. He knew she liked him. She was a sweetheart and one of only three people who knew what he was now. His doctor knew, his lawyer knew, and Sandy. They’d taken some convincing at first. His doc actually attempted a psych evaluation, but then of course, ‘seeing is believing,’ and at a dinner party where Thorn had arranged especially for them to see, they suddenly became his confidants.
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When delectable Thorn Valmont buys an old palace to renovate on the Mediterranean coast, he never dreams it will cost him his freedom.
Thorn is part of an aristocratic family. He’s a prince and must find his princess to solve a puzzle he inherits from the ancient owners of the Mediterranean palace.
Will he find her in time to stop his loneliness destroying him completely?
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A treat to read this winter. A Fairy Tale Romance will whisk you away to the Mediterranean.