After Innocence

After Innocence

by Brenda Joyce

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ISBN-13: 9780062045959
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Series: Delanza Family , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 149,211
File size: 950 KB

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Chapter One
Newport Beach, 1901

It was a glorious day. Sofie no longer regretted leaving the city in order to attend her mother's weekend beach party.

A large sketchbook in one hand, charcoal in the other, Sofie paused on the crest of a dune to take in the view. The Atlantic Ocean lapped the shore, dappled from the sun. Above, gulls wheeled. The sky was a nearly blinding shade of blue. Sofie smiled, lifting her face, shadowed by a straw hat, towards the sunlight. It was moments like these that made Sofie realize that there was life outside of her studio's four walls.

Then the throbbing of her ankle brought her back to her senses. She should not linger. Coming down to the beach could still prove to be a mistake. She did have a wonderful preliminary rendering of Newport's shore, which she would begin in oils as soon as she returned to the city, but an entire evening awaited her, and it would be even less pleasant for her if she was limping more than was usual. Suzanne had a houseful of weekend guests, and Sofie could not help but feet some dread. In truth, if she had her choice, she would lock herself in her room and paint. But she did not have her choice, she had promised Suzanne to be her most sociable self, and Sofie intended to try her best to please her mother.

Sighing, Sofie imagined the long evening ahead as she began to descend the dune. She wondered if she would know any of her mother's guests. She hoped so. As immersed in her world of art as she was, Sofie rarely ventured out into society, and could not converse with strangers and mere acquaintances with the casual ease that seemed to be second nature to everyone else. Heryoungersister, Lisa, had once told her that one conversed upon whatever topic was at hand or in sight-such as the beautiful porcelain vase one stood near. It sounded much easier than it actually was. Sofie decided not to worry about the impending evening. No one expected her to be the belle of the ball.

Sofie moved awkwardly down the scrub-covered dune in her uneven gait, and after several feet, paused to rest. Trying to catch her breath, she glanced about and her eye caught a flash of bright white. Sofie looked again. She glimpsed a man strolling down another path in the dunes just below her. Like herself, he was leaving the beach, but he had not seen her.

The sight of him was so arresting that Sofie froze, completely forgetting herself and the rest of her surroundings. He was bareheaded, his thick black hair a startling contrast to the stark white of his finely tailored linen sack jacket. He wore it casually open, its sides billowing in the breeze, and his hands were shoved deep into the pockets of his pale cream-hued trousers. He was a large man, Sofie could see that, for he was tall and broad-shouldered, but he moved with the grace of someone much smaller, somehow as lithe and sleek as a black panther she had once seen in the Bronx Zoo. Sofie was captivated. From this distance she could just make out his tanned features, which seemed to be extraordinarily handsome. She had to paint him. Abruptly she sat down, flipping open her notebook. Her heart thundering in excitement, she began to draw.

"Edward! Wait!"

Sofie's hand froze as, startled, she watched a woman flying up the path after the stranger. Sofie recognized her neighbor, Mrs. Hilary Stewart. Why on earth would Hilary be running after this man in such a fashion, with her skirts lifted high in one hand, shamelessly revealing long, whitestockinged legs? Then it dawned on Sofie what Hilary might be about, and she blanched, shocked.

Sofie sternly told herself that it was not her affair and that she should go. Quickly she tried to finish the studyof the stranger, adding a few last strokes. Then the sound of his voice, male and low, silken and baritone, made her hand still. Sofie lifted her head, finding herself helplessly ensnared by the masculine sound, involuntarily straining to hear.

Hilary was clutching his shoulders. She swayed a little, as if pushed by the breeze — or as if waiting for his kiss.

Sofie's heart beat double time. It was as she had thoughtas she had feared. She dug her fingers into the warm sand, her sketch forgotten, knowing she must go before she saw something she had no right to see-but she was unable to move, absurdly paralyzed.

Hilary's throaty laughter sounded. Sofie eyes widened. Hilary slowly unbuttoned her pin-striped jacket.

He wondered if he was growing old before his time-he was certainly too old for this. Africa had not solely been responsible for jading him, but it had certainly convinced him that life's comforts were worth waiting for. He had no intention of fornicating in the sand when cool, clean sheets would be available later. Besides, Hilary Stewart had only left his bed a few hours ago.

His smile was wry. He had met Hilary at a party a few weeks ago almost immediately upon his return to the city. He learned that she had married a much older man just a few years ago and was now newly widowed. Edward preferred widows; they tended to enjoy sinning without feeling guilt or making demands. The attraction between them had been mutual, and they had been carrying on ever since.

Now they were both guests at the Ralstons' summer home. Hilary was undoubtedly responsible for his invitation, but Edward did not mind. He liked her outside of bed as well as inside it, and the city was hell in the summertime. Suzanne Ralston, their hostess, had kindly given them adjoining rooms, and last night Hilary had preoccupied him from midnight until dawn. Yet apparently Hilary was far less sated than he was,

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After Innocence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so slow starting....was good in the middle...but all along I kept checking how many pages I had left to read...I was so ready for it tobe OVER!!!! It just left you hanging, story plots jst stopped, and the epilogue....just plain STUPID! I have always read this author's books, I just adore her writing, butthis book totally SUCKED!!
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Rowy Bohlen More than 1 year ago
Great story, look for the sequel
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Courtney_M More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book!! Amazing plot, keeps you going. I wonder though if there is a sequel about the girl in the epilogue! I would love one! One of the best parts of the book is that epilogue.
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Cecilia G. More than 1 year ago
Good read.
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Loved this book. Had to send for Slade & Regina's book and sister Lisa's book too. I couldn't put this book down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book almost made me cry in the end. the relationship between Edward and Sophie is captivating, special, yet heartbreaking. they both misunderstand each other. their love is real and solid and the book makes the reader feel that. the epilogue of the book was what almost made me cry. if you have read this book, i'm sure you'll understand why. too bad i can't say it right here cause i don't want to ruin it for others. but this book i absolutely loved and it's my first from brenda joyce.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down I loved it this is one of her books that I do love, the way she kept me on my toes about the struggle between sofie and Edward and the love and hatred between suzanne and jake was outstanding you love the type of book when someone loves someone so much and denies there love for someone else then this is you book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is only great if your into only you know what. This character Edward is a horndog that has been around so so many times with the same type of women and now he's bored of them so he goes for the quiet suppresed type. He used her and then he realized hey ya know what maybe she's not so bad after all. Booo! This says a lot about some guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading Historical Romance novels and I received this book as a gift. When I first starting reading it I could not get into it but then a couple chapters later I was so into it I couldn't put it down. I have read many books and I believe this is my favorite of them all. I loved the story line, just basically everything about it.
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I am an avid romance reader and especially of books by Brenda Joyce. I read all of her earlier works as they were very good. I took off a few years while she worked on her 'Deadly' series. I am not into any books other than historical romances so..... I came back to read again this year and found new books by her (The Prize - excellent) and (The Masquerade - in progress) soon. My favorite book by Brenda Joyce has got to be After Innocence. I re-read that one - at least 1/2 dozen times -since I got it and each time it's like a new story. It's such an emotional read that these characters come alive off the pages. Sophie and Edward will be real to you at the end of the story. I really enjoyed that Sophie was not a classical beauty of her time - instead - her broken ankle/slight limp, light coloring, passionate personality and artistic nature are what brought her to life. It took a handsome lover of women who had been around the world a few times to see in Sophie what was so easy to be over-looked. But...once Edward saw Sophie through the eyes of sexual attraction, frienship and then soul shattering was all over for them. They were bound to find their way back to one another after years of separation, issues with each other and life style chances. The plot lines moves along quickly -America, France, Africa and more. So much to do - it will keep you glued to your seat. Brenda Joyce leaves us hanging in the prologue thinking perhaps we'll have a novel one day about Sophie & Edwards granddaughter (per the epilogue section) but...alas, it will never be. Ms. Joyce says the epilogue is the worse thing she ever did. This series (Secrets & After Innocence) is it. Too bad - I hope to hear about the third brother in this family - James but, it is not to be. Regardless, know that After Innocence is a solid read and one you will want to add to your library. Oh... and beware..... the intimate scences are intense - you'll wish for your own Edward after reading this one! But you can't have him - he is Sophie's man as it should be! Buy it and DO NOT loan it out. This will be one you read over and over again for years. You will love it - guaranteed! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second Brenda Joyce book I have read and loved it! I fell in love with Edward(exactely my kind of man)This story is well written,sensual yet innocent and I really just could not put it really will miss out if you dont read this story.One you will remember always!!Really!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gosh, it was great right from the start. The plot was mysterious and I was always wanting to know what was going to happen when Jake and Suzzane got together. Too bad, Jake refused to take her back. Sofie and Edward were really hot together. It was believeable and touching at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful book to read, I fall in love with the story and with Sofie and Edward. This book has everything, I cried, I laughed. This is one of the best books of Brenda Joyce, and I have read all of them. This story should be on tv.