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The sequel to "The Affectionate Adversary," this book is written in the vein of Jane Austen. When Anne Webster takes Ruel Chouteau's mocking proposal seriously after she is shot in the leg so that he will be obligated to take care of her family after her death, she returns to full health. Now Ruel and Anne must face a future they never expected!
Best-selling author Catherine Palmer brings readers another stand-alone Regency-period romance in the vein of Jane Austen. When Ruel Chouteau returns home after his supposed death, he shocks everyone. They are even more surprised when he mock-proposes to a common housemaid as proof that no woman in her right mind would marry him. Anne Webster is no ordinary woman, and when she is shot through the leg, it appears that she will surely die. She decides to accept Ruel's proposal so he will be obligated to save and provide for her family. Since he will have a year to mourn her death, Ruel will be spared the hounding from his family and the many families of single women in the community. But after the marriage on Anne's deathbed, she surprises them all by returning to full health! Now Ruel and Anne must face a future they never expected!
Can a length of lacemore air than threadbe her familys salvation?
Housemaid Anne Webster will stop at nothing to save her family from their dire circumstances. Even if it means accepting the proposal of the roguish Ruel Chouteau, Marquess of Blackthorne, who has just returned to England from the Americas under a veil of mystery. Both have their own agendasshe to use his riches, and he to use her lace-making skillsbut neither could have dreamed what they would discover on the other side of their scheming.
As always, society tattler Miss Pickworth has a thing or two to say about this scandalous union. Unless they want their plans aired in her column, Anne and Ruel must keep their banter to a minimum and play the role of a happy couple.
Hes handsome and arrogant; shes smart and obstinate. But can Anne and Ruel put their differences aside to fend off an unexpected foe?
Written in the vein of Jane Austen, the sequel to "The Affectionate Adversary" is set in Regency England.