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 wonderful, she is beset on either side by means of suitors, anyone of whom may pay a king's fortune for a spot in her middle. yet Erienne has eyes for just one: the rushing and witty younger Yankee, Christopher Seton.
But marriage for romance isn't really to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled by way of playing accounts, is motive 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 consistently to conceal disfiguring scars received in a negative fireplace a few years back.
But within the passing days, Saxton's actual nature is printed to her. a gradual and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with heat and abiding tenderness, but seems to her in basic terms by way of sunlight. She, in flip, vows to be a great and constant spouse to him. after which Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's international 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 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 responsibility and her heart.
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Vauxhall Gardens. It is not far from here, and seems a fitting enough place for his lordship to spend the night. The gardens should be closed by the time we arrive. ’ Joseph shook his head at this dubious plan but did not try to dissuade her, not doubt seeing the light in her eyes. He knew of her feelings for Lord Randall. Caroline had never stated them openly, but her old servant understood her well enough to realise when her heart was involved – and when she would not be gainsaid. ’ he asked gruffly.
Though no member of the ton could be expected to recognise the timid and bespectacled Lady Caroline Lacey in this bold creature standing masked before him, thighs encased in breeches, breasts swelling beneath her shirt – despite the cravat with which she had tried somewhat unsuccessfully to conceal her bosom. ’ Trajan laughed, and she spun back to glare at him, angry then. Still, she reminded herself, it must have been a difficult day for his lordship, secured to a chair in this draughty old barn, only allowed up to answer the call of nature under the unwavering gaze of Joseph’s pistol and then tied up again.
How unfortunate! ’ Caroline bit her lip. ’ ‘Then I dare not let him go yet. ’ Caroline thought aloud, biting her lip. ’ Theo Pickford’s face wobbled with tears. ‘Do not visit him tonight, Caroline. Let your servant take care of him. If you are seen ... ’ ‘I promised to bring Joseph more food and candles after nightfall,’ Caroline said firmly. ‘I gave my word. ’ Of course, Caroline would never admit to her friends how very nervous she felt about confronting Viscount Randall again, how her insides had somehow tied themselves in a knot and her traitorous hands would not stop shaking in her lap.
A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss