Having developed a crush on a man beneath her station,
Amanda’s parents send her away to the Hot Springs Grand
Hotel, a spa in the mountains, to cure her of her “nervous
disorder.” Emma, her servant, accompanies her, and is
responsible for making sure Miss Amanda attends her
treatments and generally stays out of trouble.
No one, especially Amanda, anticipates her falling in love
with a mysterious man who dips water from the hot springs
every morning. Materializing out of the fog like a shadow
(hence the title), Iaon stops every day on his way to work
at the railroad station. Amanda eventually works up the
gumption to talk to him and love blooms.
But, as most women of the era, Amanda’s life is not her own.
Her father has other plans for his daughter. Whether Amanda
is strong enough to thwart them or not remains to be seen.
Shadows in the Fog
is a very short but sweet romantic tale harkening back to
the era of arranged marriages, women subservient to men’s
whims, and clothing that needed servants to help one get in
and out of. Amanda is a brash young woman but not so much so
that she grates on your nerves. Iaon is a gentle soul who
cannot believe his good luck in finding Amanda. This is a
Romeo and Juliet tale bundled into a brief twenty pages
like a Hershey Kiss. Take your time unwrapping and savoring