A captivating love story from the 100-million-copy bestselling Queen of Romance, first published in 1954, and available now for the first time in eBook.
Which tastes sweeter - yearned-for love, or revenge that has waited a lifetime?
Sold into slavery as a young girl, the exquisitely beautiful Fauna is eventually rescued by noted dandy, Lord Pumphret. Sure her life is set to improve, Fauna is smuggled from Africa to Georgian England - only to become the plaything and victim of those who make up Pumphret's circle...
That is, until she meets noble Frenchman, the Marquis de Charteller. As Madame la Marquise, Fauna dazzles the society of Regency London, but nothing eases the searing pain in her heart - nothing but revenge for the terrible way she was once used and vengeance on the only man she has ever loved...
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.