Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson

By Catherine Anderson

The GiftAnnie Trimble lives in a solitary global that not anyone enters or is familiar with. As tender and lovely because the smooth blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is refrained from through a city that misinterprets her ailment. yet cruelty can't break the affection Annie holds in her middle. Alex Montgomery is horrified to profit his wild more youthful brother pressured himself on a helpless "idiot girl." plagued by guilt, Alex concurs to marry her and lift the babe she incorporates as his personal. yet he by no means desires he'll develop to cherish his gorgeous, mute, misjudged Annie--her childlike innocence, her womanly charms and the wondrous manner she perspectives her global. And he turns into decided to damage in the course of the wall of silence surrounding her--to heal...and to healed via Annie's candy tune of affection.

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The instant she came within his reach, Douglas caught her around the waist. She didn’t scream, but the terrified little panting sounds she made seemed even worse. Alan’s stomach lurched. He didn’t like this. He didn’t like it at al . The expression on Douglas’s face was evil. Evil and cruel. His whiskey-colored eyes gleamed with unholy excitement. Alan stepped forward. “Let the girl go, Douglas. ” His prey ensnared, Douglas discarded the shawl to press his hand over Annie’s wel -rounded posterior.

Because he’s a chicken-livered little turncoat, that’s why. I had too much to drink and things got out of hand. ” It seemed to Alex that the lantern light pulsated, glowing brightly one second, dimming slightly the next. ” Permanent harm? ” Douglas huffed under his breath as though the charge was preposterous. “By definition, rape occurs when a man forces his unwanted attentions on a female. ” “Only look at how she dresses and comports herself! Wearing naught but a thin camisole and bloomers under her dress, no corset or petticoats to conceal her shape.

Damn it, just you think about it, Montgomery. My daughter is a moron. Al her life, she’s been a target for torment. Why do you think she skulks away to hide in the woods whenever she spies people? Children throw stones at her. At every opportunity, they play cruel tricks on her. Today your brother simply carried the abuse a step further. If it becomes public knowledge, another young man may figure it can’t hurt to do the same. To protect her, we’d have to keep her locked up, and if it comes to that, we may as wel institutionalize her.

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