Prologue – Italy – Present Day
The man picked her up in Vernazza, a picturesque village perched along the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera.
From his salt-and-pepper hair, and his lined face, Maria guessed he was in his early 50s. He bought her a drink, then dinner, then a new dress and a pair of pumps and a few other things, spending lavishly on her in the quaint village shops.
There were no pretenses. They went to his plush villa, which afforded a breathtaking view of the sea. When she asked his name, he looked at her with his brooding dark eyes and said, “Are names important, cara?”
Chapter 1.1 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – 1985
The day Elaine Brogan was born, Patrick Brogan’s life underwent a dramatic change. Patrick Brogan was a construction worker, and his existence consisted of a never-ending blur of brick-hauling and muddy work boots and dented hard hats and drunken bar brawls. He hadn’t given much thought to the baby that had been coming for the past nine months.
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