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When Bella Holsworthy returns to England after fifteen years roaming the globe with her husband, an elderly diplomat, she quickly finds herself in a position more perilous than any in her travels—the Court of King George IV. As the newly elevated Earl and Countess settle into an unfamilar life in London, this shy, not-so-young lady faces wicked agendas, society's censure, and the realities of a woman soon to be alone in England.
Unaccustomed to the ways of the beau monde, she is disarmed and deceived by a dissolute duke and a noble French émigré with a silver tongue. Hindered by the meddling of her dying husband, not to mention the King himself, Bella must decide between two eligible, fascinating--dangerous--suitors or the quiet country life she has searched the world to find.
Strength and Determination
Bella Holsworthy has much to be thankful for - having escaped an abusive family by marrying a much older gentleman (a gentleman she came to have a deep affection for) & having that husband teach her how to have confidence in herself. All while living at sea for fifteen years. Now back in London due to her husband’s failing health has Bella’s old insecurities of the ton warring with her confidence.
Myron, Baron Holsworthy, knows he is not long for this world and wants to die knowing he has done everything he can to protect Bella from fortune hunters upon his death. There’s one he would warn her away from & one he would push her towards.
Charmed by a rakish Duke & wooed by a charming Frenchman but staying loyal to her husband has Bella in a constant state of confusion. Evil rears its ugly head with the help of a deceitful maid, a kidnapping, interference from her ailing husband & the king have Bella fleeing. But will she flee to a life of loneliness or can her happy ever after find her and who will it be with?
A character yelling, heart stopping story by the talented Mariana Gabrielle. Just when you think Bella’s going to get her HEA Ms. Gabrielle turns you around. Love Bella’s strength, her devotion to her ailing husband, the hero being broadsided by his feelings and the final twist of the story. Looking forward to Ms. Gabrielle’s next tale!