The idea for this story was sparked when I read about a very successful Italian fashion-tycoon who said, ‘My biggest regret is that I gave my life to my job.’ It struck me as very, very sad.
I wondered why he had chosen to live his life this way. Despite all his wealth, all his mansions around the world, and all the ‘fans’ who adored him for the identity he had carefully cultivated, he loved no one and no one loved him back for who he truly was.
Although he never said it outright, he’d thrown himself into his work following the death of his life partner. His work was pure escapism—protecting him from feeling the pain of loss again.
He’d originally trained as a medic but after experiencing the horrors of war, he sought refuge in a fantasy world.
As a child, he’d loved the glitz and glamor Hollywood offered. After a brief stint in the war where he witnessed the deaths of friends, he found an escape from the harshness of reality returning to the fantasy of Hollywood
I wondered what sort of woman would be able to touch this frozen man at the deepest level. Everything in his life was controlled measured, predictably precise. I wondered what if the darkness of the past, his unhealed wounds began to impact his work, stifling his creativity and threatening to destroy everything he had fought so hard to achieve.
I wondered what if, as part of his recovery, he was forced to spend time with a woman so opposite in every way to the order he imposed in his life. And what if this woman was a children’s art-therapist. A woman unimpressed by the fame and fortune he’d amassed, but who believed strongly in the power of play, fun, and spontaneity—things he considered reckless
What if this woman had the power to transform his life, and he hers—but they were both afraid. Hearts have been broken, love lost, trust betrayed. What if this woman had her own wounds? Don’t we all?
What would it take to make all the masks fall? To be vulnerable? To risk it all? What would it take, in spite of the fear, to believe you deserve, you want, you need to give love a second chance?
You’ll discover the answers in Bride of Gold. I hope you love this story as much as I loved writing it. Here’s a brief overview:
What if everything you believed was a lie?
When a lonely young American woman inherits a painting she discovers her whole life was a lie. Desperate for the truth, she goes in search of her true identity. The painting is her only clue. But everyone is determined to keep its secret past repressed, including Vitaliano Rossi, the Italian gold tycoon. Unnaturally suspicious of her motives, he wants the painting—and Alex—vanquished. How can she discover who she really is and convince him that his love means more to her than gold?
Three women. Three lives. And the lies that bind them. Why is everyone afraid of the truth?
Set amongst the stunning backdrop of New Zealand’s South Island.
If you love stories set in New Zealand, against a sensuous backdrop of art you’ll love Bride of Gold.
Praise for Bride of Gold!
“The attraction between Vitali and Alex is electric and although the book is relatively clean, there is enough passion between them to boil water. As truths emerge and they come to an understanding of each other’s motives, the love that has been simmering between them comes out in full force. I loved both Vitali and Alex and even though Vitali was arrogant and seemed to be self-serving, he is nevertheless an exciting hero, whilst Alex is the kind of woman we can all identify with. This is an excellent and somewhat suspenseful read.”
~ Margaret Watkins
“I loved, loved, loved reading this book. What an absolute treat to read a book without skipping over scenes that are explicit and foul language! This is a very well-written story. Mollie really hit a winner with this one. I read it in two sittings because I could not put it down. The back and forth between Alexandra and Vitali had me chuckling and intrigued as to what the results were going to be. I will be reading more written by Mollie Mathews! I am drawn to anything New Zealand as it is on my bucket list.”
“I have a soft spot for New Zealand; it is one of the most spectacular countries I have visited. Alex and Vitali have a connection on their first meeting, but not positive. They come to negotiate over a painting by Alex’s dad. Their relationship continues with the ups and downs of incomplete communication of many couples. Still, their love grows despite all that is thrown their way. I really had trouble putting this book down to do stuff around the house that I needed to do. This is the first book I have read by this author and hope to read more.”
“Hard to set down! I very much enjoyed reading this book. The author had beautifully descriptive writing. I could easily picture the scenery she described from Gold Ridge Station and I would love to see if any areas in New Zealand match up to the picture in my head.”
~ Amazon Review
“What a wonderful book Bride of Gold was.I just couldn’t put it down, but had to read it at nights.
How wonderful you have written this love story with so much passion and fighting for love and acknowledgment to get one to can give. Such wonderful loved-filled clean romantic books. Full of passion, love, and tenderness. Words can’t describe the real way I found this book.Fantastic.”
~ Istella van Rhyn
Bride of Gold– available from Amazon here—getBook.atBrideofGold or here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XFCFG1V
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