STARRY LOVE is the follow up to Nicole Zoltack’s bestselling Holiday novella, MASKED LOVE.
Lady Elizabeth is more than happy for her brother Lionel, who found love with the beautiful Lady Theodosia. Now, with the Season rapidly approaching, it’s her turn. But when her father is stricken deathly ill, love of any sort except familial is all Elizabeth can think of.
Her mother hails for doctors, surgeons, even apothecaries in a desperate attempt to keep her father alive. As upkeep of the house falls to Elizabeth, she spend long hours beside her father, watching as he betters one day and fares worse on others.
But there is one thing that gives her hope. One person. Long walks with Scottish stable hand Callum on starry nights save Elizabeth’s sanity.
When the inevitable happens, Lady Elizabeth is forced to go to London. The gentlemen there, however, hold no candle to the kind and caring Callum.
Shortly before her father’s death, Callum had returned to his homeland to try and find a cure for her father. As time passes with no word or no letters, Elizabeth must choose whether the love that blossomed between them is worth denying the man and the future her mother wishes for her.
Can she hold on a little longer, or will she choose to endure starry nights with another?
“I be sorry I didna find ye to see if ye wanted to ride Silver Star today. I had a feeling ye would not, but that wasna my place.” He jumped to his feet and looked ready to gallop away.
She stood in such a fashion as to hinder his escape. “I did want to ride Silver Star today,” she whispered.
Callum lowered his head. “I knew I made a mistake. I shoulda—”
“But I was afraid I’d keep on riding and never return,” she finished in a rush, and held her breath. She had felt awful for feeling that way, but to admit it weighed even more heavily upon her shoulders.
“When Mum died, I wanted to grow wings and fly away to the moon. Now, that be not exactly possible, so I never managed to, but that yer still here, even though your means of leaving is so much easier than mine be … Yer a strong lady, Lady Elizabeth.”
“I don’t feel strong,” she whispered, gazing up at him. Two tears fell from her right eye.
Suddenly, Callum was too close in front of her, his hand an inch from her face. She closed her eyes, waiting for his touch.
But it never came.
She opened her eyes to see he was gone, halfway to the stables already.
Elizabeth swallowed hard. Did he not care for her as much as she did him?
Or perhaps he is afraid of losing someone again and refuses to allow anyone to become close.
Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, or regency. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic young boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV show is The Walking Dead.
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