A dreamweaver spinning spells that entice and enchant, a masterful creator of unforgettable characters and incomparable romance. Bestselling author Brenda Joyce works magic from her award-winning American saga of the lusty remarkable Bragg family to the spellbinding medieval passion of Promise of the Rose. Estranged from society, wealthy and beautiful artist Sofie O'Neil finds solace in her private world. She longs just once to taste a forbidden love to follow the dangerous diamond smuggler Edward Delanza to paradise. But Edward wants far more from the innocent young heiress than a brief and passing encounter. For he is determined to heal her and possess hernow . . . and for all time.
The blossoming of a shy, introverted artist and the man who captures her heart are the engaging protagonists in Joyce's seventh historical romance after Promise of the Rose. Lame from a childhood injury-which seems to disappear midway through the book-Sofie O'Neil is certain she is destined to live out her life as an eccentric spinster devoted to her canvases. Edward Delanza, a self-serving rake with a reputation to match, takes Sofie's dilemma to heart and decides to boost her ego. It is time, he figures, ``to do something noble and worthy for a change.'' Edward's scheme backfires as Sofie ends up head-over-heels in love with him and pregnant besides. Her solitude turns chaotic as her mother badgers her to give the child up for adoption while Edward, riddled with guilt, insists on a marriage of convenience. To Sofie, social ostracism as an unwed mother is preferable to a marriage of unrequited love. The ensuing events send her fleeing to Paris, where she becomes an extraordinary woman in her own right. The author tells the story in several voices, which are often difficult to distinguish one from the other. But her characters are fresh and wickedly sympathetic-especially Sofie's mother, Suzanne, who keeps the reader on an emotional seesaw. Joyce's highly visual prose breathes life into the art world of bohemian Paris and turn-of-the-century New York. Author tour.
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Hated for it to end...
A wonderful storyline but terrible, terrible translation, spelling or whatever editor did the ebook version. Whoever prepared this ebook version should be fired and never used again. Have never seen so many misspelled words! (Had to actually guess what some of the words were.)
Great read, fun. I want to read more about these families.
Never in my 65 years have I read anything with so many missed spelled words. Great story, well told but please, please hire a proof reader and spell check. The misspelled words greatly take away from the reading.