Dancing With Dark Shadows
by Carolyn Nelson
Mrs. Elizabeth Reynolds,
born to high society,
has fallen onto harder times
fraught with loss and enmity.
Auburn haired, petite and widowed,
Bessie struggles to survive,
whilst risking all to keep herself
and son, Anthony alive.
Being disowned by her parents
through her choice of who to wed,
she encounters situations
which will fill her heart with dread.
Though her best friend’s older brother,
Greyson, gives some timely aid,
his reputation as a rake
marks his kindness, a charade.
In her search for home and safety,
running from obsession’s claim,
Bessie finds herself embroiled in
a criminal’s toxic game.
Her pride in all she sacrificed
for a man to idolise,
is ultimately shown to be
deception, secrets and lies.