Winner of the National Readers' Choice Award for Historical RomanceA shocking betrayal . . . Riches. Power. An ancient heritage of pride. The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man's child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance. Read more...
Winner of the National Readers' Choice Award for Historical RomanceA shocking betrayal . . . Riches. Power. An ancient heritage of pride. The Earl of Druridge wanted only for an heir. So when he learned that his wife was carrying another man's child, he was filled with a thirst for vengeance. But he wasn't the one who caused Katherine's death. Or was he? To his horror, he remembers nothing of that dreadful night, when their last shocking confrontation ended in scorching flame and cold blood. A forbidden love . . . Rachel McTavish, the beautiful daughter of a coal miner, knows something about the fire that took Lady Katherine's life. In secret, the strong-willed girl strikes a bargain with the desperate earl: he must send his physician to help her dying mother or he may go to the scaffold -- and the devil. The earl agrees, but Rachel is still unsure that her revelation will be enough to save him when so many wish him dead. Passionately drawn to the nobleman, despite all the doubt and mystery that shroud him, Rachel wonders if he can really be a murderer. Or if he is the only man who will ever own her heart . . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-08-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Novak (Home to Whiskey Creek) delivers a pulse-pounding tale of a disgraced earl and the shopkeeper he falls for, set against the backdrop of labor organizing in 1840 England. Truman Stanhope, Lord Druridge, is accused of killing his wife, who was pregnant with another man’s child. Villager Rachel McTavish comes to Truman seeking aid for her ailing mother. Truman believes Rachel knows who set the fire that killed his wife. While Rachel admits that her father was approached to do the deed, she claims he had an attack of conscience. Could the murderer be Wythe, Truman’s sneaky cousin—even though Wythe saved him from the same fire? And what part will missing paintings play in the proceedings? Truman is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, even as he falls for Rachel, while she must dodge powerful enemies who distrust all nobles and those who associate with them. This compelling tale delivers many surprising twists on its way to a solid conclusion. Agent: Dan Raines, Creative Trust Literary Group. (Oct.)