A darkly captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1929 and now available for the first time in eBook.
Marion Grayle is in love! Overwhelmingly, totally in love. Wild and elemental as her native Dartmoor, with her flaming red-gold hair, challenging dark eyes and the supple allurement of her figure, she has always stood apart from the locals: like a creature from another world. She has spurned all suitors - until now. Now that she has found the one man she is determined will be hers, no one will be allowed to stand in her way. Neither convention, conscience nor scruple will stop her. Only the village wise woman, or mad woman, black-clad and second-sighted, forsees the terrible consequences of Marion's fated, obsessive love.
British author Titchmarsh (Rosie) brings the art world alive in this engaging romantic drama. In 2007, James "Jamie" Ballantyne reconnects with childhood chum and flame, Artemis "Missy" King, who resurfaces in the showroom of Jamie's auction house in Bath to bid on a painting on behalf of her grandfather. The reunited couple discover that a set of paintings by Sir Alfred James Munnings, owned by Missy's grandfather (himself owner of an established fine art gallery), are fakes. Their investigation reveals a long thread of family secrets and the source of the feud between their two families, revelations that cause the couple to split up. Titchmarsh alternates between the present and the story of Jamie's grandfather, Harry Ballantyne, and Missy's grandmother, Eleanor King, who met as art students at Oxford. The effect is nostalgic and builds anticipation and curiosity in the history of the two families, including the story behind the lost love of their grandparents.