To None But Me

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Summary

Paris in 1719 is a city for the elite alone. The turmoil of the destitute is an ever-present wart on society, one that needs to be disposed of without mercy. A young Irish woman finds her sharp tongue has earned her a cell in one of the most infamous asylums in the country. Erik, a quiet man of solid repute, is wrongfully accused of a most heinous murder. As their fates hang in the balance, it seems it will also bring them together in ways they never knew they needed.

Genre:
Romance / Drama
Author:
Ruby Ann Medjo
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
18
Rating:
5.0 1 review
Age Rating:
18+

A Note from the Author

A note on To None But Me:



This story has truly been a magical labor of love for me, and I will briefly attempt to explain why.

Ancestry is important to me. My great grandparents were immigrants, and as such raised their children so very close to the culture of their home. My grandmother was Irish from head to toe; short, spritely, with the most gorgeous deep red hair you can imagine. My grandfather was Norwegian; built tall, strong, with the most piercing blue eyes one could have. Both shared a common trait of their culture; their sheer stubbornness and their amazing capacity to love their family with every fiber of their being. Nothing was more important to them.

We grew up tight knit, hearing stories of Ophelia MacDonald, our indentured servant great grandmother from Ireland, and of Vivian and her husband Odmund, Norwegian immigrants who settled their roots in Duluth (our family still seems rather drawn to snow and rolling green fields).

I was often told that I resembled Ruby, a woman with such deep brown hair it was nearly black, and with the bluest eyes and palest skin. Although I only met her when I was very young, I would often be told stories of her charm and whimsy. It wasn’t until high school when a teacher called me ‘black Irish.’ I’d never heard the term, but when I asked my Nana, she knew what it meant; most Irish have lighter hair, but the ones with dark hair and bright eyes have their own niche in the world. I felt singular, at one with my heritage.

With the past swirling in my mind, I found myself at Pitié-Salpêtrière, a hospital in Paris, France that dated back to the 17th century. I stood within the echoing chapel, chilled at the notion that the insane, the poor, the destitute—all were shuffled in and out of these very halls. The walls had seen everything that I could not, but they held those memories all the same.

And then, the story was presented to me on a silver platter. Akin to a social experiment, the upper class of France knew not what to do with its overflowing prisons and bursting hospitals. So why not send them off, give them a new life in a New World with the promise of land and riches abounding? Why not make use of their failing colony while cleaning up the streets of Paris?

After my adventures abroad, I came home and set to work researching this historical masterpiece…and coming up rather empty. Unless there’s some book hiding in some library that I’ve not yet heard of, I exhausted many resources and found very little in terms of personal accounts on what transpired in an asylum in France in 1720.

And so, armed with little more than dates and locations, I called upon my ancestors to give me a story worth telling the world, pouring more love and emotion into this work than any of my others.

And here, my friends, is the result.

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reeg122008: Good book! I am really enjoying the storyline. I haven't been able to stop reading as I can't wait to see what happens next. Great job!

reeg122008: Good book! I am really enjoying the storyline. I haven't been able to stop reading as I can't wait to see what happens next. Great job!

Jody Cordell: This is quite the book....nice, sweet, nasty, intense, playful....I could go on and on.

reeg122008: Good book! I am really enjoying the storyline. I haven't been able to stop reading as I can't wait to see what happens next. Great job!

reeg122008: Good book! I am really enjoying the storyline. I haven't been able to stop reading as I can't wait to see what happens next. Great job!

Yzalex: I really love your story, it deserves a lot of audience. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star. Just submit your story to hardy@novelstar.top or joye@novelstar.top

nicolehensley0581: Good story but the ending should be she leaves and finds love elsewhere

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michelleblucas0915: It was very refreshing and different for me. . If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to hardy@novelstar.top or joye@novelstar.top

henslerA: Really love the plot and writing style of the book. Such an amazing story

Sara Millar: I am loving the story can you please tell me where I can find the full version of this please

Re: It doesn't fit well for the ending..their story just begun. 😱😱 but its already the end. 😥😥 anyhow, thing is a good thing.

Jennifer Leigh Anne Ciliska: Awesome read thank you for sharing your story with me

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