Author: Grace Burrowes
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
He'll never be free...
Captured and tortured by the French, Christian Severn, Duke of Mercia, survives by vowing to take revenge on his tormentors. Before the duke can pursue his version of justice, Gillian, Countess of Greendale, reminds him that his small daughter has suffered much in his absence, and needs her papa desperately.
Until he surrenders his heart...
Gilly endured her difficult marriage by avoiding confrontation and keeping peace at any cost. Christian's devotion to his daughter and his kindness toward Gilly give her hope that she could enjoy a future with him, for surely he of all men shares her loathing for violence in any form. Little does Gilly know, the battle for Christian's heart is only beginning.
“Helene very much enjoyed being Duchess of Mercia,” Gilly said, relieved that it was the truth.
“She did. I take consolation from that,” His Grace replied.
“Will you observe mourning for her and Evan?”
“That depends in part on the guidance I receive from Vicar, but I am inclined to take up second mourning, as Helene will soon have been gone for a year.”
“And Evan, too.”
The duke’s lips twisted in an expression Gilly recognized not as distaste so much as impatience.
“I feel as much guilt as grief where the child is concerned,” he said. “For various reasons, but in part because the little fellow needed me more than my duchess did—the best person to show the next duke how to go on is the present version. And yet, my presence in the nursery was barely tolerated, and the army seemed like a good use of an extraneous duke.”
He was confiding in her, and Gilly was equally dismayed and touched. Damn Helene for her selfishness anyway, and English dukes numbered only several dozen in a good year. How could even one be extraneous?
“You are not extraneous, Your Grace. Not to Lucy, not to your tenants and staff.”
“What about to you, Countess?” Despite the gravity of the question, his blue eyes held humor, and maybe something else—curiosity?
“You are not extraneous to me, either.”
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.
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