|About the Book|
jilt vb to leave or reject (a lover) abruptly or callously. (dialect jillet flighty girl)Ryder Dean was Scout Rutherfords alter ego, her ally, her comrade in adventures since they were eight years old. So why didnt she want him at her wedding? OneMorejilt vb to leave or reject (a lover) abruptly or callously. (dialect jillet flighty girl)Ryder Dean was Scout Rutherfords alter ego, her ally, her comrade in adventures since they were eight years old. So why didnt she want him at her wedding? One explanation is that six months ago Scout asked him to marry her and he turned her down flat. She should have known better, but harboring a secret desire for Ryder from the age of seventeen does that to a girl. Throughout their adolescence, Ryder had always had girlfriends. Many, many girlfriends.But the truth is, it wasnt Ryders love life that caused the rift, nor his refusal to marry her, despite what he might think. It was his reason for refusing her. Ryder told Scout she wasnt responsible enough to be a mother, which hurt like hell considering the children she was hoping to bear one day were his.Scout did the only sensible thing a woman suffering from unrequited love could do. She got engaged to another man. Noel Trace was rich, older and very much in love with her. True, Scout hadnt known him very long, but Noel wanted the same things she did: lots of kids and a big old farmhouse to raise them in. The day of their wedding could not have been more perfect: a beautiful June day, the tiny white-steeple church, the beaded lace wedding gown, the flowers, the wheeze of the Wedding March being played on the organ. All of Mandrake Falls had turned out to watch Scout walk down the aisle.Including Ryder Dean. Sitting in the front row. Gray-green eyes, wheat-blonde hair that was darker at the roots and perpetually messy, and wearing his one good suit. He was watching her like he knew something was about to go wrong.Which it did.Noel wasnt with the bridal party. Noel was not in the church at all. Noel Trace had gone to his bachelor party and never came back. He left a note.From the moment Scout reads the message her life is turned upside down. Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, she is shot at, lied to, forced to reveal a secret, abducted at gunpoint and thrown down a ravine. But a night spent in hiding with Ryder Dean deep in the Green Mountain Forest changes everything she thought she knew about their friendship, love and most of all, about herself.Nothing ever happens in Mandrake Falls. Except the day Scout Rutherford got jilted.