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Random House, Inc.
In turn-of-the-century London, an exemplary Victorian wife begins a noble-minded project: writing letters to a lonely local prisoner. What happens next in this brilliantly crafted novel of literary suspense will change Emma Smith’s life forever—and ignite a dark, erotic drama of suspicion, loss, and awakening.

In the year 1898, Emma makes a New Year’s resolution: to become a better person. So, under the tutelage of her novelist husband, she begins an innocent correspondence with Chance Wood, a man serving his sentence for the murder of his wife. But from the beginning, in words that shock and intrigue her, Chance dares Emma to unveil her unspoken thoughts and desires. And when Chance receives a pardon, Emma is set dangerously free. She will use her freedom—and Chance’s—to pursue the fantasies that have been swirling dizzily around her. Slowly, recklessly, Emma exchanges all that was familiar and safe for her new, dangerous double life. As the risks mount and a friend turns blackmailer, Emma cannot stop her fall. For once she has given in to her truest, basest desires, she cannot avoid the ones that come next.…

Baker & Taylor
The wife of a respected novelist and member of a prominent family, Emma Smith embarks on a correspondence with Chance Wood, a man incarcerated at the local prison for murder, writing a series of letters that become ever more intense and erotic, in a novel of obsession, intrigue, and lust set against the backdrop of Victorian England. Original. 22,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2006
ISBN: 9780385340311
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 23 cm


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Mar 09, 2011

A really good, thought provoking read!!

Feb 22, 2011

Kept my attention all the way through. Would like to read more of this author.


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