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									Broken Wing
Author: Judith James
Table of Contents

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five
Chapter Twenty-Six
Chapter Twenty-Seven
Chapter Twenty-Eight
Chapter Twenty-Nine
Chapter Thirty
Chapter Thirty-One
Chapter Thirty-Two
Chapter Thirty-Three
Chapter Thirty-Four

Set during the chaotic beginnings of Napoleon's rule, this saga tells the story of Gabriel St. Croix, a
street survivor searching for a place to belong. Abandoned as a child and raised in a brothel, he has never
known friendship or affection. Hiding physical and emotional scars behind an icy façade, his only 
relationship is with a young boy he has spent the last five years protecting from the brutal reality of their
environment. But all that is about to change. The boy's family has found him, and they are coming to take
him home. Sarah Munroe blames herself for her brother's disappearance. When he's located, safe and
unharmed despite where he has been living, Sarah vows to help the man who rescued and protected him
in any way she can. With loving patience she helps Gabriel face his demons and teaches him to trust in
friendship and love. But when the past catches up with him, Gabriel must face it on his own. Becoming a
mercenary, pirate, and professional gambler, he travels to London, France, and the Barbary Coast in a
desperate attempt to find Sarah again. On the way, however, he will discover the most dangerous journey
and the greatest gamble of all is within the darkest reaches of his own heart.

Chapter 1Sarah, Lady Munroe, was also known as the Gypsy Countess, a moniker given her on account
of her unfortunate parentage and her even more unfortunate behavior. Less than five years ago, the polite
world had been shocked and titillated when she left her elderly husband only a week after her nuptials. It
was widely rumored since that she dressed as a man, consorted with pirates, and counted among her
numerous lovers her own half brother, Ross. All but the last charge were true.She glanced at her brother
now, in commiseration. Their plush, well-appointed carriage jolted and shimmied, rattling teeth and bone,
as they made their hurried approach to Paris. Just ten years ago, the streets of this city had run red with
blood as its citizenry turned on their betters in an excess of patriotism and democratic fervor, hacking
many of them to pieces. Now, poised on the cusp of a new century, these bloodthirsty idealists, finally
sated and shocked by the efforts of that ravenous matriarch, Madame Guillotine, looked for reassurance
and order. Their attention had been drawn to a sallow young Corsican, Napoleon Bonaparte. Brilliant,
charismatic, and politically astute, he was fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the Continent,
and a cause of great concern to Britain.None of this had any negative impact on the commerce and
custom of the finer Parisian brothels. Uncertainty, danger, and war were aphrodisiacs, and brothels were
operating to capacity, catering to the well-heeled and providing delicious diversions to suit any need,
regardless of political orientation, or sexual preference. It was to just such a place, Madame Etienne’s,
Maison de Joie, that Ross and Sarah now hurried in hopes of finding their younger brother.“Oh, God,
Ross, do you really think it’s him? Could it be after all these years?” Sarah closed her eyes, desperately
wanting to believe it, and desperately afraid of what it meant if it was true. The thought of the innocent
child she’d played tag and soldiers with, living in such a place these past five years, filled her with
horror.Ross reached across, patting her hand. “I have very good reason to expect that it is, my dear. Our
agents have done a thorough job of investigating. This child is the right age and coloring, and they
indicate there’s a striking family resemblance. They’ve been able to trace his route from London to the
Continent. He arrived at Madame Etienne’s a month after James disappeared.”He glanced out the
window, troubled and far more aware than Sarah of what that meant. “We must be prepared, Sarah. He’s
not likely to recognize us, and
he’ll not be the child you remember. He has doubtless been through an ordeal. He may be . . . damaged
in ways that—”“Shhh,” she interrupted, gripping his hand. “Think of it, Ross! After all this time, we’ve
found him. If he doesn’t remember, then we’ll remind him. If he’s hurt we’ll heal him, and by God, we will
bring him home!”Leaning back into the cushions, Ross nodded in agreement, some of his anxiety
subsiding. She would have made an excellent commander, he reflected. She had the ability to look at a
complex situation and find its heart. He thought about what she’d said and prayed to God it would be that
simple.The warm spring day gave way to the cooler shadows of late afternoon as they wended their way
through the city, silent, lost in thought. It...
Author Bio
Judith James
Judith James has worked as a legal assistant, trail guide, and counselor. She lives near Halifax, Nova

"Judith James is a rare talent and a great discovery. She has made a stunning, magnificent debut."

"A fresh and passionate tale, Broken Wing enchants the reader with original characters and a compelling
romance set against the colorful tapestry of England, France, and North Africa in the turbulent years of
Napoleon's rise to power."

"Has the magical ability to envelop the reader deep within its pages."

"An intriguing story that will keep the reader enthralled until the very last page."

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