Character Profile of IAN SYLVESTRY from The Man She Knew by Loree Lough

From Bestselling and Award Winning Author
Loree Lough
Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

I was kinda intrigued by this hero. What happened 14 years ago? What was that one reckless act that cost him everything? How did that act change him in the intervening years hence?

So, here’s the author, Loree Lough, to tell us all about Ian Sylvestry:

On the night of his sixteenth birthday, Chicago born and bred Ian Sylvestry’s parents made an announcement that threw his well-planned life into chaos: They intended to divorce; his mom introduced him to her fiancé, and when his dad’s job transfer was finalized, Ian would go with him to Baltimore. During the next eighteen months, Ian’s resentment simmered, and the boy whose academic and athletic prowess earned the attentions of Ivy League recruiters began making bad choices and keeping bad company, disappointing his parents and Maleah Turner, the one constant in his now-troubled world. On the eve of his mother’s wedding (which he refused to attend), Ian borrowed his dad’s car and took his pals on a joyride; while the guys were in the neighborhood convenience store buying snacks, he called Maleah, who yet again warned him about associating with the older, troubled teens. Hurt, angry, and tired of other people trying to control him, Ian hung up on her…moments before his wide-eyed frenzied pals piled into the car and demanded that he put the pedal to the metal, fast!

A few miles ahead, a police roadblock stopped them: Unbeknownst to Ian, his poorly chosen friends hadn’t been stocking up on chips and sodas: They had robbed the store at gunpoint, seriously injuring the night manager…and Ian had unwittingly driven the getaway car! The use of an unregistered handgun in the commission of a crime is a serious offense, the judge explained. Fortunately, he took now-eighteen year old Ian’s recent past into consideration, he meted out the lightest sentence allowed by law: Ten years at Lincoln Correctional.

Every week of those first three years, Ian wrote to Maleah, trying to explain, begging her forgiveness. And every week when her letters came back, unopened, his misery grew. Then, at last, she responded. Nothing could have prepared him for her terse message: “You made your choice, Ian. Now please leave me alone.” She’d underlined please three times. She had a right to a normal, happy life, so he honored her wishes and never wrote her another letter. At least…none that he sent. From that day forward, he poured his energies into the inmate program designed to train service dogs. Upon his release, Ian wanted a fresh start. Thanks to his aunt’s loving generosity, he worked his way up at her Baltimore bistro in historic Fells Point, from dishwasher to waiter, from manager to owner of the now-successful establishment. But no amount of hard work, he discovers, can blot Maleah’s final words from his wounded heart.


The Man She Knew
Loree Lough
Series: By Way of the Lighthouse, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date: June 1, 2017
Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner’s trust is a far more daunting challenge.
From their first sparks-flying reunion, it’s obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn’t convinced.
“I love it! I like all characters in this book. I could not put it down until the end.”
– Terri, Goodreads Reviewer
“When I pick up a novel by Loree Lough, I know it’ll be an entertaining read, filled with characters I love and scenes I’ll remember forever. The Man She Knew is exactly that…and more.”
– Claudia Mossman

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About Loree Lough

Loree Lough

Once upon a time, Loree sang for her supper. That space reserved in pubs for “the piano lady?” Well, that’s where she sat, strumming her Yamaha in cities all over the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from the old 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes. And with the release of the 1st book in her third series for Harlequin Heartwarming, “By Way of the Lighthouse,” she’ll have 110 books on the shelves. She feels blessed that, over the years, most of her stories have earned 4- and 5-star reviews, but what Loree is most proud of are the dozens “Readers’ Choice” awards she has won, because it’s the readers’ opinions she cares most about!
Loree and her husband and live in a Baltimore suburb and enjoy spending time at their cozy cabin in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains (where she has nearly perfected her “identify the critter tracks” skills). They have two lovely daughters and seven ‘grandorables,’ and because she believes in giving back, Loree donates a generous portion of her annual income to several worthwhile charities. (See the full list on the “Giving Back” page at
While you’re there, Loree hopes you’ll drop her a note, because she loves hearing from her readers, some of whom have become lifelong friends! (You can also interact with her at Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.)
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