Beloved--or pawn in a game of revenge?
When Rina Morrison's family browbeat her into accepting a proposal of marriage, she resigned herself to a loveless--though wealthy-- existence in Hungary. Aand a devastating encounter with the dashing Michael while she was journeying to her wedding ensured an even more heart-wrenching future for her. Now she was betrothed to one man while loving another. But did Michael really love her? In reality he was Miska the Gypsy and his bitterest enemy was Rina's fiance. It was possible that his love for her might very well be hatred....
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.