By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

"The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the spell binding, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. fascinating, lively and exquisitely beautiful, she is beset on either side by way of suitors, anybody of whom could pay a king's fortune for a spot in her center. yet Erienne has eyes for just one: the speeding and witty younger Yankee, Christopher Seton.

But marriage for romance isn't really to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled by means of playing money owed, is purpose on auctioning off his attractive daughter to the top bidder. And finally, Erienne is devastated to discover it's the unusual and secretive Lord Saxton who has bought her—a mysterious, tragic determine who wears a masks and a cloak perpetually to conceal disfiguring scars won in a bad fireplace a few years back.

But within the passing days, Saxton's precise nature is published to her. a gradual and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with heat and abiding tenderness, but seems to be to her basically by means of sunlight. She, in flip, vows to be an excellent and constant spouse to him. after which Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's global Conflicted through feelings she can't suppress, Erienne valiantly makes an attempt to stay honorable to her elusive, enigmatic husband yet feels herself irresistibly interested in Seton's ardour, his hearth, and his secrets and techniques. Entangled in intrigues she doesn't but comprehend, Erienne Fleming will quickly need to make a devastating selection: among love and honor . . . among her responsibility and her heart.

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Finella said, hands going to her now ample hips. “You promised him most sincerely that you would go over to his studio so he could put the finishing touches on the new portrait. ” Paid? She was being paid to model for Arbuckle? Finella pulled off Charlotte’s wrapper and began dressing her as if she were nothing but a recalcitrant child. “When you finish at Arbuckle’s, I daresay you should go down to Madame Claudius’s for a fitting. She sent a note around yesterday that your new evening gown is ready.

I have every right to be inside here. ” Charlotte looked from Arbuckle’s furrowed brows to Finella’s gaze, which had rolled innocently upward, as if the ceiling offered more interest than the brouhaha from below. “Mrs. Birley, I warned you—” “Arbuckle, my dear man,” Finella said, “you must realize that gossip will only increase the value of this painting. ” She crossed her arms over her chest, looking like the Finella of old when the milkmaid sent over less than a full measure 54 ELIZABETH BOYLE of butter.

Quince hiccupped through a few more guffaws and then went to the door. She pulled it open and laughed once more. ” Then she wiped at the tears in her eyes and leveled a deep, serious glance across the room. “You’re not his wife, Charlotte. ” Chapter 3 nm H is mistress? Before Charlotte could even utter the scandalous words, make sense of what Quince had just told her so matter-of-factly, like it was perfectly normal that she, Miss Charlotte Wilmont, would be some man’s mistress, before she gathered her wits about her enough to demand an explanation (and a retraction), the woman was gone.

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