Born of the Heart
A gothic novel of Suspense
by Angela Townsend
Piety Barlow lives in an oppressive village ruled by her father, Reverend Barlow. A venerated man, he appears next to sainthood for his stirring sermons delivered to his devoted flock. But looks can be deceiving—after all, even the devil can quote scripture.
Piety’s ill-fated life seems destined for one of utter servitude, destined that is, until mysterious Mayans from deep within the folds of the Yucatan arrive, magnetic strangers with a desperate message regarding Piety’s imperial heritage—a secret her devout father would break all commandments to conceal.
Alone and terrified amidst a quagmire of lies and uncertainty, Piety seeks comfort in a forbidden affair. But fighting for love in an unaccepting decade isn’t the only battle in store for Piety. She must endure a death-defying journey of self-discovery from her roots of the former emperor of France to the deepest, darkest jungles of a lost empire.
Angela Townsend is an executive film producer, screenwriter, and award-winning author. She enjoys writing about fantastical places and distant lands set in the past. When not writing, she can be found reading books by her favorite 18th-century authors and drinking tea near a crackling fire or a peaceful stream.