Becky Thatcher would like to set the record straight. She was not the weeping ninny Mark Twain made her out to be. Yes, she was Tom Sawyer's childhood sweetheart, but the real story of the love they shared, and the terrible secret that tore them apart, never made it into Twain's novels. Becky had her reasons for marrying Tom's half-brother Sid...all women have their reasons.Bold and brave beyond the expectations of her sex, this wildly conflicted wife and mother struggles to reconcile her womanly obligations with her fiercely independent spirit. Becky searches for fulfilment and passion, but is haunted by the lies she's told and the men she's betrayed. Can she ever forget the sweet-talking, maddening Tom Sawyer, or is theirs a love for the ages...and the storybooks?
Lenore Hart is the author of "Ordinary Springs, ""Waterwoman, " and other novels. Her work has been featured on Voice of America, in "Poets & Writers Magazine, " and on the PBS series "Writer to Writer." She teaches creative writing at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania and Old Dominion University in Virginia. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, novelist David Poyer, and their daughter.