This book has an ASIN that has been used before on a different book B00G4CEEBY Katherine Waring is a woman with a past. It’s true that everyone has a past of one kind or another. Kate’s, however, is particularly tragic and cruel. Deprived of her mother at a young age, shunted from foster home to foster home in often abusive situations, at last she manages to flee from Phoenix only to end up at a Los Angeles bus station. There she is rescued by a trucker, who, seeing potential, takes her under his wing and eventually into his bed. After his death, she is left alone and on her own once more, and falls into the dangerous life of an exotic dancer and sometime call girl. But Kate is a survivor. With grit and courage, she is able to escape an inevitable downward slide, setting up and expanding a line of fine spa shops that cater to the business world and society matrons. Her situation is stable; her home is beautiful; her reputation is secure. And she has friends and associates with whom to share her life, even if she is lacking a family. Still, something is missing. Some elusive something. The Special Delivery package which arrives one morning via UPS provides a partial solution to that enigma. The package has been sent by a legal firm in Boston, at the direction of a Frenchwoman: Kate’s grandmother, whose existence, till now, had never been disclosed. After a lengthy courtship, which included being separated by the width of an ocean, two continents, and a world of cultural differences, Kate Waring and Christophe Beauchene have wed in a fairy tale setting and now reside in San Francisco. For five years, the couple and Christophe’s daughter, Chantal, lead what seems to be a charmed existence. Ordinary daily routine involves school, some social functions, and business: Kate with her successful chain of spas, Christophe with the law practice he has established. Their idyllic union is marred only by the minor upsets here and there experienced by every family as it stretches and grows. Then the unthinkable happens. As tragedy suddenly strikes, the Beauchenes’ comfortable existence is turned upside down and torn apart. Despite their frantic attempts to make everything right again, the fissures merely deepen and widen. Only time can heal this most terrible of wounds. But time is fast running out.