My name is Macy and I’m a nurse with a pretty unique job. I live on an island in the St. Lawrence River, among the Thousand Islands in upstate New York. I have only one patient: her name is Alexandria Hallstead.
I know it may seem strange for a young New Yorker to look for a job that takes her away from her friends and her social life, but I took the job for a special reason. My parents were killed in a car crash recently and right after that my boyfriend dumped me because he couldn’t handle my “emotional fragility.” Good riddance to him.
So here I am. Ms. Hallstead, or Alex, is almost eighty years old, but she still runs her family’s oil company and is a very busy lady. She hates that her hip surgery has slowed her down, so it’s my job to help her get her life back to where it was. It’s fulfilling work, but it also gives me the down time I need to heal my personal wounds.
I’m an early riser, so I like to go for a walk before Alex gets up. Walking around the island early in the morning is a peaceful way to start the day, but it also allows me to avoid some of the other people who share the island with me, several of whom obviously don’t want me there for reasons that remain a mystery.
The rest of my day is spent helping Alex with exercises, taking her for short walks outdoors, painting, and exploring. It might sound like it’s all fun and games, but it’s not. I’ve been target of vicious threats and even violence, and I’m scared. I’m thinking about leaving, but Alex needs my help. She is no stranger to tragedy and sorrow, and something from her past has reared its head to jeopardize her safety and peace of mind.
I want to help, but I’m afraid I just may not survive long enough to help Alex.
You can read more about Macy in Secrets of Hallstead House, published by Kensington.
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About the author
Amy M. Reade grew up in an area not far from the Thousand Islands in upstate New York and spent her summers on the St. Lawrence River. After graduating from college and law school, she practiced law in New York City before moving to southern New Jersey, where she lives now with her husband, three children, dog, and two cats. She writes full-time and is also the author of The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, which will be released by Kensington Publishing in April, 2015. She is currently working on her third novel. She loves reading, cooking, and traveling.