Two people fall in love and get married. They are the most unlikely pair, but they have found vulnerabilities in each other that joined them together on a very deep level. Claude was a fabulously wealthy, sophisticated Frenchman who was sinking into a coma after being bitten by a poisonous scorpion when Vlasta whispered in his ear that she loved him and pleaded with him not to die. This gave him the will to live.
Vlasta was an Austrian orphan who grew up in Namibia, loved the semi desert, drove heavy duty vehicles like a pro, grew up on a cattle and game farm and is at home in the bush. She had had amnesia since an accident in which her parents died. Claude helped her to regain her memory and this gave her back her lost early childhood, giving meaning to her disjointed life again.
She knew that her life will really only be whole again once she had been able to fully integrate her past and found her Austrian heritage.
Though this is a rags to riches story, the two people shared a very deep bond that transcended the trappings of wealth.
This short story that can easily be read at one sitting, will be a happy interlude for the reader who will enjoy the story and the characters and will want to know what happened to them after the story ends.
This is an introduction to Claude and Vlasta and to the series of short stories in the Champagne BIllionaire Series.
The rest of the books are Hijacked Honeymoon. Hope for a Miracle and Love’s Rich Harvest. Together they span the fist year and a bit of Claude and Vlasta’s life together.
The theme that runs right through is that Vlasta ‘gets her soul back in her body’ as she finds her feet again in Austria after amnesia.
There is a fifth story, Hidden in Plain Sight, which tells the story of a secret room in Vlasta’s house, a rather different and very enjoyable little tale.