London, 1814. Raphael Klonimus can fix anything but his broken heart. The son of a prominent Jewish family of jewelers, the talented pianist hasn’t felt whole since he lost the girl he loved to an arranged marriage. So he’s shocked when he discovers a letter on his bed leading to an old hiding spot where a surprise visitor waits in the cold.
Delilah \"Laila\" Mandel’s grief is mixed with desperate hope to reunite with the boy next door. Marrying a fatally ill friend to clear her mother’s debts, the new widow yearns for the embrace of the man who might have already moved on after she was forced to leave him behind. So when her deceased husband’s scheming cousin attempts to blackmail her to wed again, she flees to the capital city hoping her childhood sweetheart will help.
Considering himself a coward for once letting her go, Raphael sweeps the beautiful woman off to a secret castle despite seeing himself as unworthy of her affections. But after a bone-melting kiss that starts to mend their hurts, Laila fears others’ greed and desires could crush their second chance at happiness.
Will they break free of the chains that bind them and grab hold of a rapturous forever?
Instead of Harmony is the swoon-worthy first book in the Diamond Dynasty historical romance series. If you like smart and loyal heroines, stately prose, and steamy but elegant scenes, then you’ll adore Sara Adrien’s rich adventure.
Buy Instead of Harmony to reclaim the past for a better future today!