A New York Times bestselling novel
Can a woman with a past and a man with no future find lasting love?
Stephen Kenyon, Duke of Ashburton, has always taken the duties of his rank seriously--until a doctor's grim diagnosis sends him running from his world of privilege. Traveling incognito, he yearns to experience life to the fullest in what time he has left.
When Stephen rescues a drowning child, he is drawn into the warm embrace of the Fitzgeralds, a family theatrical troupe brimming with laughter and affection. And their enchanting, compassionate daughter, Rosalind Jordan, stirs emotions he's never known before.
Widowed young, Rosalind is happy organizing her exuberant, close-knit family. She doesn't expect to fall in love with a quiet stranger whose wit and kindness speak to her heart. When Stephen tells Rosalind the truth of his condition and proposes marriage, she accepts despite the shadow of inevitable loss.
Together they find profound passion and companionship. Yet neither dares speak of love for only a miracle will give them the future they desperately desire…
"One Perfect Rose is Mary Jo Putney in top form."
"In her superb, inimitable style, Putney takes a pair of magnetic, beautifully match protagonists, places them in a dark, impossible situation, and makes it work."
The Fallen Angels series:
Book 1: Thunder & Roses
Book 2: Dancing on the Wind
Book 3: Petals in the Storm
Book 4: Angel Rogue
Book 5: Shattered Rainbows
Book 6: River of Fire
Book 7: One Perfect Rose
About the Author
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney's novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal's and Booklist's top romances of the year.
Hoping to exploit the success of Putney's Fallen Angels series, Fawcett is launching its first rack-size hardcover romance--small enough to fit on the mass market shelves at the local supermarket but durable enough to cost more. There were originally four "dashing, complicated Regency rakes," as Putney once called the heroes of her Fallen Angels, but with the quartet finished in 1995, she has continued to write spinoffs--River of Fire and now this novel. Stephen, fifth Duke of Ashburton, seventh Marquess of Benfield, etc., learns that he has only a few more months to live. Widowed (the former duchess was a cold girl with a fondness for needlework) and childless, Stephen takes to the road to ponder his fate and joins a roving troupe of Midlands actors. In an uncharacteristic move for the dutiful duke, he asks one of the actresses, Rosalind (the "perfect Rose") to marry him and share his last weeks on earth. Veterans of historical romance will twig to Stephen's "disease" pretty quickly, but the hero and heroine figure it out a few tedious, gastric chapters later; meanwhile a sugarcoated out-of-body experience teaches him all about love. Like the other couples who inhabit this series--and for all their servants, swell clothes and cavernous residences--Stephen and Rose are basically a nice middle-class pair. Spies or thieves, gypsies or dukes, Putney's lovers are fundamentally alike: scratch those checkered pasts and you have the makings of a carpool.