Chapter 1

It was the day of Avonsville socialite Avery Tate’s wedding, but there was no groom in sight.

The groom, Elliot Foster, had been in a vegetative state since a car crash half a year ago. His doctors said that he was not going to make it until the end of the year.

In a grief-stricken act, Elliot’s mother decided to arrange a marriage for her son before he met his untimely end.

The Fosters were one of the wealthiest families in Avonsville, but no socialite in her right mind would want to marry a man who was knocking on Death’s door.



Avery sat at the vanity with her slender figure gracefully dressed in a white wedding gown. With her elegant makeup that brought out the exquisiteness of her pale complexion, she looked as delicate as a budding red rose.

Yet, there was an uneasiness in her almond-shaped eyes.

There was only another 20 minutes until the ceremony, and Avery was frantically sliding her fingers across her phone screen, anxiously awaiting a text message.

She had a boyfriend before she was forced to marry Elliot, and it was a terrible coincidence that he just happened to be Elliot’s nephew, Cole Foster.

However, they had never made their relationship public.

Avery had texted Cole the night before in hopes that they would escape Avonsville together and elope. She had stayed up all night waiting, but she never got a reply.

She could wait no longer.

Avery rose from her seat, clenched her hand around her phone and made up an excuse to leave the room.

She hurried down the corridor and froze in her tracks as she walked past one of the rooms.

Avery heard the sound of her sister, Cassandra giggling delightedly through the slightly ajar room door.

waiting for you to go to her, Cole! Maybe you should go and butter her up a little more. What are we going to do if

arms and nuzzled his thin lips

mind if she finds out that you’ve been spending

in her head. She took a

her gown and held back the tears

admitted into hospital

she could reap the benefits. She had made it sound like the marriage was for the good of the Tate family, but Avery

fact that the boyfriend who said he loved her would turn around and betray

urged her to carry on with the wedding. He said that he would marry

and dreams were crushed, and

in the room intensified, Avery clenched her

stepsister’s bullying for her father’s sake. She suffered through all kinds of injustices for

was too stupid and

no longer allow them to take



with a bouquet of flowers in her hands, Avery

said her own vows and put on her

crowd looked puzzled, but she paid

on, she was Mrs. Foster, and she was

in the palm of his hand, did not


night, Avery was sent

of the city’s affluent

in the mansion’s layout, Mrs. Cooper

large bed. She slowly


but his handsome

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