By Jennifer Wilde
In 1746 Miranda James lives by means of her wits at the streets of London, trying to find effortless marks—until she’s stuck choosing the inaccurate pocket. Sentenced to hold, she is stored from the gallows via a fierce-eyed Scotsman . . . at the situation she turn into his indentured servant. a devoted topic until eventually his brothers have been murdered on the conflict of Culloden in an try and fix Prince Charles to the Scottish throne, Cameron Gordon lives for revenge. As Miranda’s grasp, he teaches her the ability of words—and the pleasures of passion.
From highway urchin to celebrated writer, from the risks of a mystery insurrection to the reality approximately her mysterious previous, Miranda struggles opposed to insurmountable odds, able to make the last word sacrifice for the affection that may be her destiny and her enduring legacy.
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The wall stretched for possibly 1 / 4 of a mile prior to crumbling right into a pile of stones, and status on it you can still glance out over the entire nation-state. The moors stretched under us, brown and tan and grey, tinged with crimson, and you possibly can see the ocean, too, a deep blue-gray merging right into a misty red horizon. I gazed, nonetheless a piece dizzy. i'll see the village a long way, a ways within the distance, and Mowrey residence was once like a tiny dolls’ apartment surrounded by means of minuscule gardens. The sky was once very darkish. The wind stopped all at once, and there has been a sullen stillness, as if the earth have been retaining its breath. “Careful,” Jeffrey acknowledged. “It’s very asymmetric the following on best of the wall, tough and pitted. ” He unwound his arm from my waist and took my hand, preserving it tightly as we walked slowly alongside the wall. either one of us have been silent, misplaced in idea. I puzzled if he felt an analogous scrumptious pressure, an analogous suspense and feeling of anticipation that gripped me. anxious although i used to be, I felt a wierd internal calmness to boot, a weird experience of recognition. What could occur may ensue, and there has been not anything i may do approximately it. All my education, all of the phrases of knowledge and caution have been as not anything within the face of those sensations Jeffrey Mowrey aroused. The prim, demure lady had vanished perpetually, supplanted by way of a lady who knew instinctively all these secrets and techniques denied the woman. Love had certainly remodeled me, and that i used to be prepared for that ultimate step that might banish the lady endlessly. Silently, I said this, silently authorized. The clouds had nearly obscured the sky. The air used to be nonetheless, no longer a breath of wind blowing, and there has been a curious light—pale opal, translucent. It was once going to rain quickly. We strolled alongside the wall for numerous extra mins, silent, after which Jeffrey climbed down and reached as much as help me. He swung me towards him and held me shut for a second sooner than environment me on my ft. He appeared all at once shy, stricken. He knew in addition to I what used to be going to ensue, and he was once disturbed by way of it. Jeffrey Mowrey was once no callous seducer of virgins, no amoral rake whose satisfaction it used to be to despoil. He felt very deeply approximately me, and he knew these emotions have been a lot better than the qualms that plagued him. It had grown particularly warm. He got rid of his cloak, got rid of mine, appeared into my eyes as if to figure out even if I felt a similar approach. I reached as much as contact his cheek, stroking it lightly, and it was once completely common, correct. I ran the ball of my thumb alongside the sleek, complete curve of his reduce lip, taking a look all of the whereas into these grave, tormented blue eyes. interestingly sufficient, it appeared i used to be the more matured one, the hot adulthood inside of giving me wisdom he had but to obtain. “I love you, Honora,” he stated. “I recognize that. ” “I imagine I enjoyed you from the 1st second I observed you. ” “I comprehend. ” “You—” He hesitated. frowning. “I felt an analogous means, Jeffrey. ” “It—I by no means proposal I’d love back. I by no means suggestion it'd be attainable to think this manner back. It—it simply occurred. ” “It happened,” I stated. “I don’t are looking to harm you.