By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
"The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the enthralling, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. fascinating, lively and exquisitely attractive, she is beset on each side by way of 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 to be, for her irresponsible and unscrupulous father, crippled by means of playing bills, is purpose on auctioning off his appealing daughter to the top bidder. And in any case, 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 normally to conceal disfiguring scars won in a poor hearth a few years back.
But within the passing days, Saxton's precise nature is published to her. a steady and adoring soul, he treats his new bride with heat and abiding tenderness, but seems to her simply by means of sunlight. She, in flip, vows to be a very good and dependable 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 accountability and her heart.
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Perhaps they are a Germanic tribe that went east instead of west—they claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great and his men. "The Kafir languages are the damnedest ones I've ever come across, every valley with a different dialect. " He gave his cousin a laughing glance. " "Clearly they are people of great good sense," Sara said serenely, refusing to rise to her cousin's bait. " Ross bit his lower lip thoughtfully. "I never grew proficient enough in the language to be sure, but I had the impression that Peregrine was not a native son of Kafiristan.
Weldon drew her into his arms and sealed their betrothal with a kiss. Sara had guessed that this was coming and prepared herself. She had reached the age of twenty-seven with little experience of kissing, much less what came after. As his powerful arms pulled her against the starched linen of his shirt, she decided that his embrace was not so bad, though rather engulfing. Perhaps in time she would come to enjoy kissing. Then his tongue slipped between her lips into her mouth, and she stiffened.
Europe fascinated him. He asked questions constantly, absorbing every word like a sponge. "He must have put what he learned to good use,because when our paths crossed again two years ago in Cairo, he had left Kafiristan and become a very wealthy trader, with interests throughout the Orient. " Ross gave Sara a smile of cherubic innocence. " "Your tales always raise more questions than they answer," she commented, her eyes twinkling. " "I was hoping you would say that, for if you receive him, everyone will.
A Rose in Winter by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss