The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor.…
Lady Mary Darrel should be the envy of London. Instead, all society believes her dead. For Mary holds a secret so dangerous, her father chose to keep her locked away…and have a grave made for her near her mother’s. Driven to the edge of desperation, Mary manages to escape the asylum, only to find that her fate yet again rests in the hands of a man…
Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, longs for some way to escape the torment of his father’s crimes. In Mary’s warrior spirit and haunted gaze—which so mirrors his own—he finally sees his path to redemption. He will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even as she seeks revenge. But will the passion they discover in each other be enough to save them from their demons?
In this dark and intriguing Victorian romance, Lady Mary Elizabeth Darrel, only child to the powerful Duke of Duncliffe, must fight for survival. After her father abused her mother to death, he sent Mary to an asylum, where she endured three years of being drugged and sexually assaulted. Mary finally escapes and meets Edward, the handsome and influential Duke of Fairleigh, who testified at his own father s trial for raping and murdering a teen girl. He senses a kindred spirit in Mary and offers to protect and care for her. As Mary and Edward slowly learn to trust each other, they begin a subtle dance of romance and passion, but both harbor lingering doubts and fears that they are simply using each other to achieve vengeance and closure. Readers will be drawn to the determined heroine and her steadfast hero as they navigate a complicated and often terrible world.