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.

dumb sister is still 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 she changes

as he held Cassandra in his arms and nuzzled his thin lips against her neck. “Even if she tries to back out now, the

then said, “Avery will lose her mind if she finds out

head. She took a

gown and held back the tears

father was admitted into hospital when

and forced her to marry into the Foster family so she could reap the benefits. She had made it sound like the

was least expected, was the fact that the boyfriend who said he loved her would

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

of her hopes and dreams were crushed, and she

Avery clenched her

she endured her stepmother and stepsister’s bullying for her father’s sake. She suffered through

too stupid and

no longer allow them to take her for

back all


a bouquet of flowers in her hands, Avery walked down the aisle as soft, romantic music played in the

her own vows and put

puzzled, but

she was Mrs. Foster, and

in the palm of his hand, did not have much longer


was sent to Elliot’s

heart of the city’s

in the mansion’s layout, Mrs. Cooper had

the large bed. She slowly walked over

out on his chiseled face, and he exuded a majestic aura of

time indoors, but his handsome face made one unable

were not sick, Avery

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