Guilt and Healing: Abby Green on "A Shadow of Guilt"

by Abby Green, author of A Shadow of Guilt (Book three of Harlequin Presents Sicily’s Corretti Dynasty series, July 2013)

My bookA Shadow of Guilt is the third book in the Corretti Series, and I have to say I loved writing it. The characters I was given were unlike any I’ve done before. Gio, the hero was very Alpha but not like my usual heroes. He had a deep well of pain at his core. Valentina the heroine was also unlike any other heroine I’ve done, and she shared a very similar pain with the hero.

Gio and Valentina are bound together forever by the awful tragedy of her brother’s death. He was Gio’s best friend and Valentina has always held Gio directly responsible for Mario’s death.

As Gio and Valentina’s lives collide again and their relationship plays out, Gio comes to realise that perhaps he doesn’t have to accept the full blame for Mario’s death. And Valentina has to face up to the dark secret she’s been harbouring since her brother died.

It’s a story of guilt, atonement and healing. I love that Gio accepts Valentina’s fury because he feels he deserves it. To me it makes him even stronger, more worthy. He’s not being self – pitying, it’s a quiet acceptance of his guilt which is heart – wrenching.

Valentina’s anger at Gio fuels a desperate passion between them but ultimately it also forces a deeper intimacy and brings her to a point where she just can’t avoid her own conscience anymore.

I think we have all felt varying degrees of guilt in our lives, perhaps not as extreme as the guilt Gio feels for the death of his friend. It certainly added to the poignancy of the story for me.

I’m wondering if you feel that an emotion like guilt adds to, or detracts from a romantic story – line? Do you prefer things to be kept light or to go to the dark side?!

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Note: this post originally appeared on The Harlequin Blog.

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Comments ( 5 )
  1. Melanie J
    July 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I like a mixture of both.. but sometimes the darker, the better.

    This book sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read it! 😉

  2. Abby Green
    July 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Thanks Melanie! Me too – I like a bit of both, light and dark 🙂
    x Abby

  3. Annie West
    July 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Abby – this sounds terrific. I can’t wait to read it (it’s taunting me from my bedside table). I love the fact Gio accepts her anger because he accepts his guilt. He’d have to be so strong and intriguing to do that. As for darker or lighter – I enjoy both – it all depends on the story. This one should be a real treat!

  4. TashNz (@TashNz)
    July 11, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Dark side! You do it so well!

  5. Abby Green
    July 11, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Thanks Tash ;). What can I say? And I’m about to write a hero who is so dark he makes any others look like Disney Princes! Annie, hope you enjoy the book!