The Vitruvian Heir Trilogy
BOOK I: THE UNRAVELING
You can take this empire back.
Welcome to Vitruvia. In a nightmarish future, one girl holds the key – to rebellion.
Society has regressed to Victorian standards and patriarchal dominion. Women have slowly lost their rights. And Lorelei Fetherston, an aristocrat with a forbidden talent for writing, inherits a powerful legacy that can set her free. Though running from her wedding to gentle Gideon, a childhood confidante, is a risk that may not be worth taking.
But this isn’t her only dilemma. Her heart has always been with Fallon, the brooding ward of the current emperor and heir to the Vitruvian throne, and she’s finding it harder to resist his melancholy charms.
Will she escape to carve out a new life or accept her role as a dutiful wife? When her free-spirited friend, Sawyer, comes to her one night in grave danger, Lore is forced to make a fateful choice. In the bordering nation of Hopespoke, women are free. And, according to legend, an enigmatic woman runs a squadron of lethal debutantes and is always on the lookout for new recruits.
From mysterious woodland strangers and underground clubs to spectacular fêtes and a clandestine rebellion, discover what happens when their worlds collide.
The Clothes That Make You
It's 1967, the world is changing - and so is a quiet misfit named Sally Fiore.
After the sudden death of her father, Sally turns to comfort in the small things – her beloved books, her new interest in sewing, and her slight infatuation with the handsome, young custodian at school who always has a novel in his back pocket.
But her sheltered life is turned upside down in January of ’68 when she makes an unlikely friend in the new girl at school – a feisty civil rights activist named Sam, who dresses like a boy, prefers to date girls, and is defiantly unapologetic about her differences.
As Sally grieves and tries to heal from her loss, she copes with her stoic mother who's struggling to keep their house, a tenacious would-be boyfriend, mean girls at school, and an older brother dead set on enlisting in the army after graduation. With Sam's rebellious influence, Sally blooms against the tumultuous backdrop of a small town trying to cling to its idyllic ways in the face of violence, war, and social unrest, and ends up discovering that tragedy can sometimes knit the spirit's fabric together even stronger than it was before.
Heart Like Eyes
A boat. A heart. A promise.
The Feisty Fiona hasn't left her dock in nearly twenty years. Her captain, Sean O'Dea, a curmudgeonly bachelor now facing a fatal diagnosis, is on another downward spiral when his wayward, eighteen-year-old niece, Marin, shows up out of nowhere.
With his life once again thrown off course, he reluctantly invites Marin to stay with him for the summer. While Sean navigates his new normal and a burgeoning friendship with his doctor, the recently widowed Laura, Marin ends up befriending Laura's adopted son, Teddy, an intellectual headed to Harvard in the fall. As an African American raised by white parents in a predominantly white town, he feels kindred to Marin in a way he's never before experienced. Born with a heart condition, a miracle delivered him through infancy. His deep philosophical thoughts, longing to find his birth parents, and the feeling he's never fully belonged, forges an even stronger bond between him and the shy, artistic Marin.
During this summer of enlightenment, Teddy's bigoted grandmother, Shirley, is experiencing her own awakening and redemption. But a dark secret and a decades-old promise cause their worlds to collide in a way beyond mere serendipity, and edging on destiny, as each realizes what it truly means to be part of the bigger world where we're all connected, and we all belong to one another.