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By Judith McNaught

During this vintage novel of 2 willful fanatics stuck in a breathless experience of deception and betrayal, no 1 New York Times bestselling writer Judith McNaught has created a robust and unforgettable masterpiece.
The Countess of Havenhurst possessed a unprecedented gentleness and fierce braveness to check her beautiful attractiveness. yet her recognition is shattered whilst she is came across within the palms of Ian Thornton, a infamous gambler and social outcast.
A dangerously good-looking guy of mystery wealth and mysterious lineage, his voyage to Elizabeth's center is fraught with intrigue, scandal, and a venomous revenge.
Destined for every different, but cautious of every other's causes, Elizabeth and Ian interact in a dance of suspicion and fervour that assessments the very soul in their star-crossed love. As a twisting course of secrets and techniques takes them from London's drawing rooms to the mysterious Scottish Highlands, Elizabeth needs to examine the reality: is Ian in basic terms a ruthless fortune hunter at middle?

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The 1st is Sir Francis Belhaven-” “You’re joking! ” Alex exploded, drawing an alarmed look from Bentner. while Elizabeth only lifted her gentle brows and waited for info, Alex endured angrily, “Why, he’s-he’s a dreadful previous roué. There’s no well mannered approach to describe him. He’s stout and balding. and his debauchery is a comic story one of the ton simply because he’s so flagrant and silly. He’s an extraordinary pinchpenny to boot-a nipsqueeze! ” “At least we now have that final in common,” Elizabeth attempted to tease, yet her look used to be on Bentner, who in his agitation used to be deflowering a whole fit bush. “Bentner,” she stated lightly, touched through how a lot he evidently cared for her plight, “you can inform the useless blooms from the stay ones through their colour. ” “Who’s the second one suitor? ” Alex endured in turning out to be alarm. “Lord John Marchman. ” while Alex appeared clean, Elizabeth additional, “The Earl of Canford. ” Comprehension dawned, and Alex nodded slowly. “I’m now not familiar with him, yet i've got heard of him. ” “Well, don’t hold me in suspense,” Elizabeth stated, choking again amusing, simply because every thing appeared extra absurd, extra unreal via the instant. “What are you aware of him? ” “That’s simply it, I can’t keep in mind, yet there was-wait, i've got it! He’s-” she shot a discouraged examine Elizabeth,  “he’s an inveterate sportsman who hardly comes close to London. He’s stated to have whole partitions of his domestic lined within the crammed heads of animals he’s hunted and fish he’s stuck. I be mindful a few joking comments being made that the explanation he’d by no means married was once that he couldn’t tear himself clear of his recreation lengthy sufficient to appear for a spouse. He doesn’t sound in any respect compatible for you,” Alex additional miserably, obtrusive absently on the toe of her pink child slipper. “Suitability hasn’t something to do with it, for the reason that I haven’t any purpose of marriage ceremony someone if i will be able to in all probability steer clear of it. If i will simply carry out for 2 extra years. my grandmother’s belief will come to me. With that money I can be in a position to deal with the following alone for a very long time. the matter is that I can’t carry ends jointly till then with out my uncle’s aid, and he threatens to withdraw it virtually weekly. If I don’t no less than seem to go together with this mad scheme of his, I’ve doubtless he’ll do just that. ” “Elizabeth,” Alex ventured carefully, “I may well aid if you’d allow me. My husband-” “Don’t, please,” Elizabeth interrupted. “You be aware of i'll by no means take cash from you. between different issues, I wouldn’t be ready to pay it again. The belief should still conceal Havenhurst’s bills, yet merely slightly. For now, my such a lot urgent challenge is to discover a way out of this coil my uncle has created. ” “What i can't comprehend is how your uncle might think about those males compatible after they aren’t. no longer one whit. ” “We comprehend that,” Elizabeth stated wryly, bending right down to pull a blade of grass from among the flagstones underneath the bench, “but obviously my ‘suitors’ don't, and that’s the matter. ” As she stated the phrases a notion started to shape in her brain; her hands touched the blade, and she or he went completely nonetheless.

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