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The Bride's Necklaceby Kat Martin
Synopses & Reviews
Is her heart pure enough to survive the necklace's curse?
Knowing that she alone can protect her sister from the Baron Harwood, their lecherous stepfather, Victoria Temple Whiting snatches the family's heirloom necklace, believed to hold the power to bring great happiness or terrible tragedy, to pay for their escape to London. Terrified that the baron will find them, Victoria poses as Tory Temple and finds employment as a servant in the household of handsome Cordell Devlin, the scandalous Earl of Brant.
The sisters' arrival couldn't have been more welcome. In need of a new mistress, Cord turns to Tory, whose wit and intellect intrigue him. But when the baron discovers the girls' whereabouts, Cord learns Tory's secret--her noble birth. Furious that he has compromised the daughter of a peer, Cord must decide--marry Tory and keep her safe, or allow his stubborn pride to deny his heart.
"According to the legend of the exquisite diamond-and-pearl bride's necklace belonging to Tory Whitting's noble family, it brings its wearer, if pure of heart, untold happiness — or it could bring untold tragedy. When her lecherous stepfather, Baron Harwood, attempts to molest her younger sister, Claire, Tory steals the heirloom to pay for their escape to London. Disguised as a servant, Tory becomes a housekeeper for Cordell Easton, the earl of Brant, who's well known for his womanizing ways. Cord is initially drawn to Claire's ethereal beauty, but Tory's intelligence and impudence intrigue him, so much so that he asks her to be his new mistress. Though tempted, Tory refuses, but when Harwood arrives to claim his stepdaughters, she and Cord are forced into a more permanent bond. Their marriage is as tense as the chess game they play, but Tory's inability to be up-front with her past and her emotions, as well as her constant attempts to manipulate and deceive Cord (always with good intentions, of course), can grow wearisome. Fortunately, however, Martin (Heartless, etc.) adroitly balances the passion and intrigue in this fast-paced Regency, and provides vibrant characters, a swashbuckling prison escape and a satisfying resolution of the necklace legend." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The "New York Times" bestselling author begins a new romantic trilogy about the women who possess an heirloom necklace, believed to hold the power to bring great happiness or terrible tragedy. Original.
- Kat Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 23 historical romances and five contemporary novels.
- A new acquisition for Mira Books, she will continue to write her contemporary romantic suspense for Zebra, but has moved her historical romances to Mira Books from PocketBooks.
- The Bride's Necklace is the first title in a trilogy.
- Fanning the Flame (PocketBooks, historical, 8/02) reached # 18 on the New York Times extended bestseller list.
- Hot Rain (Zebra, contemporary, 5/02) reached #21 on the New York Times extended list.
- She is known for her sexy editorial.
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