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When Aubrey Drelincourte regains consciousness in an Indian jungle, his wife lies dead by his side, felled by a bullet from the pistol in his hand. Aubrey returns to England to defend himself in a trial before the House of Lords. His cousin and heir, Rupert Hindley, also returns from India accusing him of the murder. Aubrey vows Hindley won't win the deadly match set up between them and plans to marry as soon as possible and sire an heir before his rendezvous with the hangman. Then one twilit winter night, he meets Lilias Merrit, the daughter of a recently ruined merchant, who is escaping her betrothal to a sadistic farmer. Aubrey is drawn to the beautiful nurse-companion. But the couple's growing passion is tempered by the knowledge that Hindley will return any day to spread his venomous accusations all over England. To free himself from the past, and begin a new life with the woman he loves, Aubrey will have to risk everything to save both her - and himself.
Mary Lennox lives with her husband and assorted animals on an idyllic horse farm in Ohio.
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"An outstanding romance, beautiful in its emotional intensity."
-- Denise Dietz, bestselling author of Dream Dancer and Hallie's Comet
". . . an unforgettable, heart-stopping historical adventure with a strong dark element . . . spectacular imagery. . . her talent for succinct words is . . . breathtaking . . . [Mary Lennox] is able to create atmospheres and scenes with subtle narrative, which very cleverly draws her reader into the story . . . the love scenes are intoxicating and highly charged . . . A foxhunt, highwaymen and high-speed chases are a small part of the action and suspense . . . the fast pace kept this reader up well past bedtime . . . a definite keeper . . .I strongly urge historical fans to add this one to their collection!"
--Fallenangelsreview.com, April 2005 (Doody Enterprises 20050401)
"Lennox's twist on Beauty and the Beast skillfully employs the sense of anticipation and wonder that make the fairy tale classic story of love and redemption, even as she adds her own clever and well-executed victorian twist."
--Booklist, March 2005 (Booklist 20050315)
Lilias Merrit had few options with her father's fortunes in ruins: marriage to a local farmer she would never care for, or employment elsewhere. Choosing the latter, she hires on as nursemaid to Lord Breme, a man rumored to have murdered his wife. Though at first Lilias half believes the rumors, given his lordship's tempers, as she gets to know him, she becomes aware of two truths. He could not have harmed his wife, and she cannot imagine life without him. Lennox's take on Beauty and the Beast skillfully employs the sense of anticipation and wonder that make the fairy tale a classic story of love and redemption, even as she adds her own clever and well--executed Victorian twist. Nina Davis
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Book Description Five Star, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1410402592