Catherine receives news that her husband, Harrison, is missing in France during WW1. Catherine and her grandfather leave for Europe to search for her husband. But Catherine’s life changes forever in Europe, and her grandfather’s knowledge of a magical glass making process allows Catherine and Harrison’s fate to be paused. Nearly a hundred years later, Hank and his soon to be wife, Mary, uncover the mystery of Catherine’s lost husband and the truth behind the glassmaking process and search for a way to reunite the couple in a century-old love story.
Catherine loved Sunday afternoons. Every Sunday since she could
remember, her family had promenaded through Central Park with the other
socially prominent families of New York City. The ladies wore their
finest clothes and the gentlemen wore formal suits with tall hats. The
promenade was the same every week: her father, Joseph Dawson, and her
mother, Martha, walked arm-in-arm followed by Catherine and her brother
Howard. Occasionally, the family stopped to chat with friends or to
browse the sidewalk vendor displays. They slowly wound their way through
the park and eventually ended up at a sidewalk café. The older people
stayed in the cafés for the afternoon while the younger ones circled
through the park with their friends.
On Sunday, June 11, 1916, it was a perfect spring day. The weather was
warm, the flowers were blooming, and the park was exploding with color.
The promenade would be different for twenty-year-old Catherine that day
because her cadet was going to be there. Cadet Harrison Richardson
finished his third year at West Point and arrived home the day before.
He would escort her for the promenade and the lavish party that night to
announce their engagement. This event was highly anticipated by New York
society. All the rich and powerful would be there.
Catherine and Harrison met three years earlier in Paris at a masquerade
party at the American Embassy. They were spending the summer there
polishing their French and experiencing the culture. Both had led
sheltered lives, as most wealthy children of New York do, so neither one
had a serious relationship before. The first several times they were
together in Paris, they were shy and hardly spoke to each other. But
Catherine soon fell for the charming young man. She wrote notes to him
and asked him to parties and different outings. He wrote back and
secretly started to visit her at a park near where she was staying with
friends. Soon the relationship blossomed. When they returned home, the
courtship began under strict rules with chaperones and monitored
Catherine had planned the day for months. She couldn’t sleep due to
the anticipation of promenading with her cadet and the announcement
party. Her mother let her stay home from church in order to make sure
her hair and clothes would be perfect.
The plan was for them to meet at the park at precisely one o’clock.
Catherine and Harrison would lead the promenade followed by her family,
then his parents and his brother and sister.
At promptly one, Catherine and her family arrived at the park in an
open, horse-drawn black carriage. Joseph exited first then helped
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