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Galveston, Texas, at the end of World War II could be a dangerous place . . . Gangsters and gambling. Prostitutes and vice. The illicit "Postoffice District." But to the scions of the island in their palatial Broadway mansions, the double standard still very much applied. The slightest hint of scandal, innuendo, or the attentions of the wrong man could ruin a woman.
Lovely Mandy Maitland has tried her best to hang on to a respectable life while her fiancé Lesley was away fighting for freedom in Europe. Then a powerful Galveston mobster decided to victimize Mandy. With Lesley about to return, Mandy faces despair. Can Lesley help her? Will he forgive her?
But instead of her beloved Lesley, a dark, handsome stranger arrives, bringing tragic news. Vic Fontana promised his best Army buddy Lesley that he would find Mandy, that he would help and protect her. Now he learns she is in mortal danger. Vic is determined to save Mandy from the corrupt hoodlum who would exploit her. The only problem is, Vic has secretly loved Mandy for years now, just by seeing her through his best friend’s eyes. Can he help Mandy and still protect her from himself?
Mandy too feels the powerful attraction between herself and Vic Fontana. But how can she love him without dishonoring Lesley’s memory? Can love find a way out of a desperate situation? And can Vic defeat an evil adversary who threatens not just Mandy's reputation but her very life?
Galveston Nights is a poignant and captivating love story set in Galveston’s dramatic and dangerous “open era.” It is a short novel of approximately 34,000 words. Eugenia Riley is the bestselling author of numerous historical, contemporary, and time-travel romances, including the classics A Tryst in Time and Bushwhacked Bride.