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 gorgeous, she is beset on both sides through suitors, anybody of whom might pay a king's fortune for a spot in her middle. 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 through playing accounts, is purpose on auctioning off his attractive daughter to the top bidder. And after all, 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 poor fireplace a few years back.
But within the passing days, Saxton's actual nature is published to her. a steady and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with heat and abiding tenderness, but seems to be to her in simple terms via sunlight. She, in flip, vows to be an outstanding and dependable spouse to him. after which Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's international Conflicted through feelings she can't suppress, Erienne valiantly makes an attempt to stay honorable to her elusive, enigmatic husband yet feels herself irresistibly attracted to Seton's ardour, his fireplace, 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 accountability and her heart.
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