Lost in Your Arms (Governess Brides Series #5)

Lost in Your Arms (Governess Brides Series #5)

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by Christina Dodd
     
 

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A Groom Who Can't Remember.
A Bride Who Wants Desperately To Forget.

Enid MacLean is finally living a peaceful life when she receivesword that an explosion has injured the husband she hoped she'd never have to see again. Reluctantly, she agrees to do her duty but, except for his distinctive green eyes, the man she nursesback to health is not the man she remembers

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A Groom Who Can't Remember.
A Bride Who Wants Desperately To Forget.

Enid MacLean is finally living a peaceful life when she receivesword that an explosion has injured the husband she hoped she'd never have to see again. Reluctantly, she agrees to do her duty but, except for his distinctive green eyes, the man she nursesback to health is not the man she remembers.

And he remembers nothing. From the depths of his amnesia, he reaches out for the woman he believes is his wife, tempting her with ardent words and a reckless passion she finds herself unable to resist. And while Enid finds herself losing her heart to this achingly familiar stranger, she cannot help but wonder how her husband has become such a dangerous, seductive man...and what secrets he carries locked away in his lost memories.

Last time marriage cost her her happiness. This time love could cost her more.

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Christina Dodd's Distinguished Academy of Governesses plays a delightfully vital part in finding dedicated nurse Enid MacLean romantically successful employment. Enid's marriage was a brief and disastrous episode she'd rather forget. But when the disreputable husband who abandoned her nine years ago returns, injured in an explosion that has cost him his memory, Enid is persuaded to nurse him back to health. As her patient slowly regains his strength, Enid realizes that, except for his remarkable green eyes, her husband is a changed man -- he seems to have come to value honor, loyalty, and compassion. And, while this appealing stranger has clearly forgotten her completely, he is also apparently enchanted with the woman who calls herself his wife. Indeed, despite the dangers that surround them, he is eager to sweep her away on an irresistible tide of passion. But, even as Enid finds herself losing her heart to a man she'd once thought herself relieved to have out of her life, she wonders what could have changed her husband so in the years they were apart -- and what terrible secrets might be locked away along with his missing memories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786245666
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/02/2002
Series:
Governess Brides Series, #5
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
6.49(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.99(d)

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Chapter One

London, 1843

"Please, Mrs. MacLean, won't ye tell us about yer wedding?"

Her mouth full of cake, Enid stared around at the circle of feminine faces in Lady Halifax's parlor, all bright with happiness, and at the blond, round-cheeked girl in whose honor they were gathered. The girl who had asked the question. The girl who, in less than a fortnight, would become the blushing bride to Lady Halifax's underbutler. Swallowing, Enid took a breath. "My wedding? Oh, you don't want to know about my wedding."

"We do!"

An eager chorus answered her, a chorus from Lady Halifax's upstairs maids, her downstairs maids, and her scullery maids, all girls with their heads stuffed with puff pastry dreams of love.

Enid, at the ripe old age of twenty-six, was at least five years everyone's senior in age and five hundred years their senior in cynicism.

"Was yer wedding as wonderful as mine is going t' be?" Kay clasped her hands at her bosom. The girl was resplendent with flowers and ribbons in her hair, Surrounded by gifts given by her friends, and glowing with the light of love.

So Enid tried desperately to divert the conversation. "Nothing could be as wonderful as your wedding is going to be. That lace Lady Halifax asked me to bring as your wedding gift will make a lovely collar for your wedding gown."

"Aye, it will."Kay patted the fancy, machine-sewn lace Enid had delivered. "Lady Halifax is a grand mistress, an' ye must convey me thanks t'er. Mrs. MacLean,did ye have lace on yer gown?"

The problem, as Enid saw it, was that she was a woman of mystery.

Oh, not really. For three years she had lived in the London town house as Lady Halifax's nurse-companion. At first she had done little more than pass Lady Halifax her cane and make sure she had a clean handkerchief. But as time had gone on and the wasting disease had weakened Lady Halifax, Enid had become her mouth and ears in the household. She had reported the household activities to Lady Halifax and given Lady Halifax's instructions to the servants. But never, ever, had she confided her past to anyone.

She knew speculation had run rampant. Because of Enid's upper-class accent, her education and manners, the maids thought that she was a lady who had fallen on misfortune and had turned to labor to support herself. She had done nothing to dissuade them of that notion.

Now they had her trapped with their offer of tea and cake, their high hopes and fabulous imaginings.

"Please, Mrs. MacLean?" Sarah, the upstairs parlor maid, begged.

"Please?" Shirley, fifteen years old and fresh from the country, clapped her hands and tipped her cake plate off her lap and onto the carpet.

Everyone jumped to their feet, but Enid hushed the horrified exclamations and helped clean up the mess. "It's all right, dear. See? There's no harm done." Trying to distract the tearful Shirley, she said, "Stop crying so you can hear the details of my wedding."

Shirley snuffled into her handkerchief. "Aye."

"Tell us," Kay urged.

Enid could never confess the truth -- so, she would have to tell them a lie.

"Did ye get married in a big church?" Ardelia, plain, plump and brown, dabbed up the last crumbs of cake with her thumb.

Putting down her fork, Enid put the plate on the end table beside her and made the decision that, if she was going to tell a lie, she might as well tell a colossus. "I was married in a cathedral by a bishop."

"A cathedral?" Sarah's brown eyes grew huge.

"I was wed on a beautiful, sunny morning in June, with wild pink roses in my arms and all my friends in attendance."

"Did ye wear white like Queen Victoria?" Ardelia quivered with excitement.

"No, not white."

The maids groaned with disappointment.

"Her Majesty hadn't married yet, and it wasn't the style. But I did wear a blue dimity, very fine" -- turned only twice -- "with a splendid full skirt and black lace gloves" -- loaned by the vicar' s wife -- "and a blue velvet hat with a black veil" -- given by Stephen and acquired heaven knew where and hopefully by legal means. Carried away with her enthusiasm, Enid added, "And my black boots were polished so brightly, I could see my face in them."

"Wi' yer blue eyes an' yer black 'air, ye must have looked splendid, Mrs. MacLean." Gloria, a rather nondescript girl who extravagantly admired Enid, flattered her now. "'Ow did ye dress yer 'air?"

Enid touched the loose knot gathered in a black net snood at the base of her neck. "It's so flyaway, I can never do much more with it than this."

Wide-eyed with innocence, Ardelia asked, "Why didn't ye 'ave yer maid dress yer 'air?"

Bent on making the tale the best, most dramatic story they'd ever heard, Enid told them, "I didn't have a maid."

The girls exchanged sympathetic looks.

"My family had had setbacks..." Enid dabbed at her perfectly dry eyes. Dear, dear, these girls would believe anything!

"Oo." Sarah loved a good theatrical better than anyone, and she knew how this story should end. "Yer family 'ad lost their money, then yer Stephen rescued ye."

Love never rescued anyone. If Enid were kind, she would have told the truth and disillusioned these girls. But she knew they wouldn't believe her. Young people never did. She hadn't.

"Yer 'air's pretty that way, Mrs. MacLean," Shirley said.

"Thank you, Shirley."

Ardelia leaned forward, eyes shining. "Did yer Da give ye away?"

"No, my father was dead." Good riddance. "But I needed only Stephen."

"Was yer 'usband a tall and 'andsome gennaman?" Dena's ample bosom heaved at the thought.

"He boasted a head full of golden hair, so bright..."

Lost in Your Arms. Copyright © by Christina Dodd. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author CHRISTINA DODD builds worlds filled with suspense, romance, and adventure, and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her fifty novels have been translated into twenty-five languages, featured by Doubleday Book Club, recorded on Books on Tape for the Blind, won Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year's best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle.

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Lost in Your Arms (Governess Brides Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
naomiloves More than 1 year ago
Lost in Your Arms is probably my favorite book from my favorite author. This book follows Enid, a nurse who has been burned by love and her no good gambling husband and MaClean, the no good husband who left her years ago. Enid is called to care for her husband who is badly injured and has lost his memory. Dodd, takes you on a an adventure from England to Scotland while Enid and Maclean find their way back to each other, while running for their lives, of course.
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Enid MacLean had been estranged from her husband for nine years. She survived by nursing those extremely ill. Then, out of the blue, she received word that an explosion had injured her husband. He was not expected to live, but Enid agreed to do her duty and try to nurse him back to health. Except for his distinctive green eyes, the man she nursed had changed. .............. When he first opened his eyes he believed Enid to be an angel. But the pain proved that he was NOT in heaven. The explosion took away his memory. He did not recognize his good friends or his own wife. Worse yet, the blast had not been an accident. Someone feared the knowledge locked away in his mind. ................ ***** What can I say? It is by Christina Dodd, so you KNOW it will be great! I opened the book with that thought in mind. I closed the book only when the last page had been read. Yes, it is THAT good! A wonderful way to release yourself from your troubles, at least temporarily. *****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, the main character's and all the others!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Christina Dodd book I have ever read, and my goal now is to read more of her works. Her writing is enchanting along with her humorous characters. The romance is sizzling and makes it nearly unbearable to put down the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. this book is a romance.the best part is that the author nae ad last name is the same as mine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read my Christina Dodd and it's going to be the first of many! If you like Romance novels this is a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never liked Christina Dodd's books before. But this storyline caught my eye and I am glad that I decided to read it. The story was involving, and the surprise at the end wasn't an easy guess! Watching how the two main characters interacted with one another was a lot of fun. Especially on their great escape! It's a must read!