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By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

"The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the captivating, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. captivating, lively and exquisitely wonderful, she is beset on each side via suitors, anybody of whom could pay a king's fortune for a spot in her center. yet Erienne has eyes for just one: the rushing and witty younger Yankee, Christopher Seton.

But marriage for romance isn't to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled through playing bills, is reason on auctioning off his attractive daughter to the top bidder. And in spite of everything, 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 invariably to conceal disfiguring scars won in a poor fireplace a few years back.

But within the passing days, Saxton's actual nature is published to her. a gradual and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with heat and abiding tenderness, but seems to her in simple terms via sunlight. She, in flip, vows to be a superb and dependable spouse to him. after which Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's global Conflicted via 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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Her head jerked toward the left, but in a way that said she was trying to be discreet. Except she wasn‘t. At all. ―Sebastian Grey,‖ Louisa finally hissed. Annabel had heard the hearts-dropping-to-the-stomach expression before, and she‘d said it, too, but this was the first time she actually understood it. Her entire body felt wrong, as if her heart was in her stomach and her lungs were in her ears, and her brain was somewhere east of France. ―Let‘s go,‖ she said. ‖ Louisa looked surprised. ‖ Annabel didn‘t care that she sounded desperate.

Annabel grasped Louisa‘s hand in full panic. ‖ Louisa blinked. ―I don‘t know. ‖ ―Hang proper. ‖ ―Very well. ‖ Annabel could not argue. She‘d gone quite a few things in the last day, and really,strange was the least of it. Chapter Seven Five minutes earlier It‘s really too bad you married my cousin,‖ Sebastian murmured, steering Olivia away from an enormous pile of horse dung that someone had failed to clean up. ‖ Olivia glanced over at him with a perfectly arched eyebrow. ‖ ―Ah, you couldn‘t have put an end to that,‖ Seb replied, giving her a twist of a smile.

The lady on Mr. Grey‘s arm appeared to have recognized Louisa, and Louisa had already waved in greeting. ―Louisa,‖ Annabel hissed. ―I can‘t ignore her,‖ Louisa whispered back. ―It‘s Lady Olivia Valentine. Her father is the Earl of Rudland. Mr. ‖ Annabel groaned. ―I thought she was out of town,‖ Louisa said with a frown. ‖ Then she turned to Annabel with an earnest expression. ―Don‘t be fooled by her appearance. ‖ Annabel didn‘t know whether to be horrified or confused. Don‘t be fooled by her appearance?

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