A Rose in Winter
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
The fairest flower in Mawbry is Erienne Fleming, the captivating, raven-haired daughter of the village mayor. captivating, lively and exquisitely gorgeous, she is beset on both sides through suitors, anyone 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 through playing money owed, is reason on auctioning off his appealing 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 perpetually to conceal disfiguring scars won in a negative hearth 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 appears to be like to her in simple terms by way of sunlight. She, in flip, vows to be an outstanding and dependable spouse to him. after which Christopher Seton reenters Erienne's international Conflicted by way of 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 hearth, and his secrets and techniques. Entangled in intrigues she does not but comprehend, Erienne Fleming will quickly need to make a devastating selection: among love and honor . . . among her responsibility and her heart.
force, then she leaned again in her chair and giggled in glee. “My pricey Stuart, did you notice the glance on her face for those who got here in? She used to be totally scared of you.” “My expensive Stuart,” he mimed with a snort. “Now, that may be a word my middle has longed to listen to. Dare i am hoping that you’re starting to be keen on me?” Erienne gave him a timid resolution. “At least I don’t worry you up to I did.” “Then maybe I might be thankful on your buddy for making improvements to my situation with you.” Erienne’s narrow nostril.
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Bursting. sooner than I got here to those beaches, i'd have sworn my ships might ever be my love, for no maid had so captivated me because the thrill of skimming the seas underneath billowing sails. “Then at the direction of revenge which I searched for my brother, I came across that reasonable person who denied me each method and gave me no sector, but her attractiveness sure me ever toward her facet until eventually she grew to become the essence of my pleasure. with out her close to, the day is empty, and all issues unnecessary ploys.” He leaned a shoulder.
His gaze dropped, that he used to be way more drawn to the massive size of leg the raised skirt uncovered. Catching the garment freed from his seize, she solid a sidelong glare on the guy and moved a step clear of him, then eyed him quizzically as he put aside his hat and got rid of his coat to put it throughout a plank. the fireplace radiated a good quantity of warmth, warranting the laying off of the garment, yet for a guy who have been banned from the cottage, Christopher Seton appeared particularly comfy. “I.