Can their marriage of convenience lead to profound love?
Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage - and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives.
It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more... Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabelle, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife...
As the hour they truly become husband and wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship - or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?
Soul-searing, heartrending, and intensely romantic, this late Victorian historical takes the classic marriage-of-convenience theme to a refreshing new level, making effective use of alternating time periods, as the characters struggle to reconcile duty and loyalty with personal desire and to understand what love really is - and is not. Another exquisitely rendered, insightful romance from one of the genres stars. - Library Journal
Millie's intellect and selflessness make her a standout among a cast of memorable characters in this expertly plotted and emotionally wrenching love story. - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Searing, tender, and filled with passion, [Sherry Thomas's] writing is nothing short of a revelation. - Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author
Sherry Thomas is one of the most acclaimed romance authors working today. Her books regularly receive starred reviews from trade publications and are frequently found on best-of-the-year lists. She is also a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award.
English is Sherry's second language - she has come a long way from the days when she made her laborious way through Rosemary Roger's SWEET SAVAGE LOVE with an English-Chinese dictionary. She enjoys digging down to the emotional core of stories. And when she is not writing, she thinks about the zen and zaniness of her profession, plays computer games with her sons, and reads as many fabulous books as she can find.
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