Synopses & Reviews
From the bestselling author of "Shady Lady" comes this romantic tale of a poor vicar's daughter who disguises herself as "Madame Aurora," a seductive and talented card player, and the earl who unwittingly walks into her tangled web. Original.
"As multilayered as a wedding cake and just as delectable, this first installment in Thornton's new Regency-era trilogy focusing on Lord Jack Rigg and his friends, Ash and Brand, finds Jack fleeing London (and a gaggle of marriage-minded mamas) for Paris. There he meets impoverished Ellie Hill, who serves as companion to a domineering woman, but at night exercises her card-sharking skills under the guise of the glamorous Madame Aurora. Ellie remembers Jack as the youth who boarded with her eccentric family and who was the object of her first crush. He, however, doesn't recognize her until circumstances, involving a theft and murder, whisk them on the path to matrimony. Thornton (Shady Lady) effectively works in the suspense subplot, which is intriguingly elaborate but not brooding, with the froth and fun of the romance story line, and she excels at creating likable characters who play well off of each other. A memorable start to a new trilogy and a fine introduction to Thornton's work, this book may very well win the author another RITA nomination (her books have received five thus far). (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
The nationally bestselling, award-winning author Elizabeth Thornton was born and educated in Scotland, and has lived in Canada with her husband for the last thirty years. In her time, she has been a teacher, a lay minister in the Presbyterian Church, and is now a full-time writer, a part-time babysitter to her five grandchildren, and a dog walker to her two spaniels