USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Marianne Willman writers enchanting historical romances peppered with captivating mysticism and spine-tingling suspense. Her fans include bestselling writers Nora Roberts and Julie Garwood, who have called her books "beautifully mystical" and "impossible to resist." Open the covers of The Wish-and see for yourself why a Marianne Willman novel is one to savor, treasure and re-read time and again...
A beautiful commoner-or the missing heiress to a fortune?
Lovely Perdita, an orphaned girl at an inn on the wilds of Dartmoor, has no memory of her past or life beyond the dark confines of her world...except in strange and beguiling dreams.
A disillusioned earl, embittered by tragedy.
Haunted by scandal, the cynical young Earl of Ravenall is desperate to save his family fortune and good name. Then he learns he is guardian to a missing heiress, who vanished as a child-and whose own untouched fortune can save everything he values most. What will he risk to obtain it?
The wish that could set them free.
Ravenall tells Perdita she is the missing heiress, promising her a glittering life of luxury. She reaches eagerly for the prize he offers. In the enchanting Perdita, Ravenall may have found an answer to his every prayer, and perhaps, his destiny. In the scarred and brooding earl, Perdita may find her own fate as well. But is it true love that awaits her-or tragedy?
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Bestselling author Marianne Willman, a former Critical Care Head Nurse, lives in the Great Lakes area with her husband Ky. She is the founder and First President of the Greater Detroit Chapter of RWA, has served on the Board of Directors of Romance Writers of America, and is a member of Novelists, Inc. and Western Writers of America. She is the author of sixteen romances, including Pieces of Sky, which has been named one of the ten all-time best western romances by Romantic Times. Pieces of Sky and Yesterday's Shadows both won the prestigious Reviewer's Choice Award from Romantic Times. Marianne is a three-time nominee for the RWA Golden Medallion Award.
Readers will find a good amount of enchantment in Willman's latest historical romance (following The Enchanted Mirror and The Lost Bride), set at the end of England's Regency period. The defiant hero is Justin, earl of Ravenall, who needs the cachet of his missing ward's fortune to retain and restore his birthright. Could the missing heiress be Perdita, a young servant who knows nothing about the circumstances surrounding her birth? At long last, Justin and Perdita find each other, but their romantic alliance is based on half-truths: Perdita does not reveal that the six-pointed birthmark on her wrist, which marks her as the missing heiress Pauline Hexham, is only a scar; and Justin allows her to believe that he protects her because he is an altruistic nobleman. The novel's gothic flavor enhances the danger that threatens to harm both Justin and Perdita and invites added suspicion about their relationship. Though the novel has some awkward, even strange, phrasing ("he caressed her breasts, held them in his hands as if they were doves"), readers will race through to the end to find out how Justin and Perdita's tenuous relationship is resolved and, of course, to find out if wishes and dreams can come true.
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Book Description St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110312975775
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