An adventure ends in tragedy half a world away from Victorian London, leaving a noblewoman desperate for a miracle. From bestselling author Katherine Kingsley.
“A well-written, emotional, character-driven novel that is both sensual and inspirational.” – Romance Reviews Today
“Fans of historical romances will enjoy Katherine Kingsley’s second chance at love tale.” – The Midwest Book Review
Portia Merriem is about to embark on an adventure in Egypt, enjoying thrilling excavations along the Nile. But her plans are upended when tragedy befalls her pregnant traveling companion, leaving Portia alone in a strange land to raise her friend’s child as her own. Desperate for rescue, the last person she imagined arriving is John Henry Lovell, her childhood friend and protector who doesn’t seem to recognize her.
Little does Portia know that John has loved her all of his life, and ran away from Norfolk to escape the pain of his unrequited love. Face-to-face with her again, alone and vulnerable in a foreign land, the only way she can return to England and avoid the scandal of being a woman alone with a child, is to marry John and live as husband and wife.
“A well-written love story peopled with decent characters and a very tender and spiritually moving romance, capturing all the hallmarks of Ms. Kingsley’s works.” – Romantic Times
“Warm [and] sensual.” - Booklist
Recycling the well-worn plot line of her previous novel, In the Presence of Angels, Kingsley spins a 19th-century romance that addresses issues of trust and class distinctions. Wealthy Pip Merriem is thrilled to be embarking on a trip to Egypt with her friend Isabel. But when Isabel reveals that she's pregnant and intending to deliver the child abroad, Pip is mortified. The birth is complicated, however, and Pip is forced to send for help, which comes in the form of John Henry Lovell. John Henry left England 10 years before to soothe his broken heart, and he's stunned to find Pip, the woman who rejected him, in Egypt and in trouble. John Henry manages to save Isabel's baby but not Isabel, and Pip vows to care for the infant despite the scandal it would create if she returned to England. Unwilling to abandon Pip, John Henry proposes. Pip reluctantly accepts, believing that his only desire is to advance his station in life. Unbeknownst to Pip, John Henry is now wealthy and titled, but rather than tell her, he concocts a cockeyed scheme to deceive and seduce her. Kingsley has created two truly unlovable characters here: Pip is selfish and spiteful, and John Henry is more controlling than charming.