Lakeford Affair is a romantic novel about new/old love, friendship, mothers and daughters, with thoughtful complications as we follow a free spirited, intelligent, and fiercely independent twenty-six year old Tristin Marlowe on her life's journey.
Book den owner Tristin is on a streak of bad luck. Her mother and her ancestral home, Three Oaks, are requiring large amounts of money to rehabilitate.
Determined to save her mother's pride and the family home, Tristin approaches a family friend, the wealthy, handsome, somewhat older, Hamilton Charles.
Hamilton is indifferent to her request until a dubious thought begins to develop whereby Tristin can help him with his dilemma in return for his financial assistance: If Tristin will act as his fiancée until his Senatorial campaign is complete, thereby thwarting the romantic innuendos of the ruthless Elaine Forsythe, he will lend Tristin all she needs.
Tristin is not thrilled with Hamilton's counterproposal, but she agrees. We see how her decision changes her life and outlasts her battles as she is thrust back into the social limelight, the affluent life style she was born into, the life style she was so uncomfortable with, and finds herself entangled in a power struggle between the unscrupulous Forsythe family and her charming benefactor.
Lakeford Affair is sometimes pristine, sometimes razzmatazz: "Tristin's eyes swept around the huge circular foyer which was more a lobby, the ceiling easily thirty feet high, and the floor a wide expanse of white Italian marble. Clusters of guests arrayed in festive-colored satins, sequins and silks crowded the entrance hall. Abruptly, a hush fell over the chattering gatherings and they parted as if pushed back by an invisible hand; at the far end of the parting stood a stunning, incredibly irate Elaine Forsythe."
Elaine and her accomplice, brother David, prove to be a bit more to handle than Tristin had anticipated.
From the shady streets of rustic Annapolis, Maryland, to the blue-grass pastures of Lakeford, we watch as Tristin struggles to maintain her perspective, share the heartbreak of a crippling auto accident and the fervor of a senate seat race.
Each chapter of Lakeford Affair begins with a few lines of Robert Frost's poetry: "And all our blandishments would seem defied, We have ideas yet we haven't tried." - Chapter 1.
Readers will witness the sensations of: love, deceit, passion, doubt, romance and ... a LAKEFORD AFFAIR.