A novel of dark intrigue, blazing passion, and a glorious garden from award-winning author Margaret Evans Porter.

When a lonely young widow and a mysterious earl clash over a neglected castle garden, suspicion and secrets threaten a blossoming love.

Sophie Pinnock, a talented and determined landscape gardener, arrives at Bevington Castle seeking redemption for past ...
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The Proposal

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A novel of dark intrigue, blazing passion, and a glorious garden from award-winning author Margaret Evans Porter.

When a lonely young widow and a mysterious earl clash over a neglected castle garden, suspicion and secrets threaten a blossoming love.

Sophie Pinnock, a talented and determined landscape gardener, arrives at Bevington Castle seeking redemption for past deceits--it was she, not her late husband, who created many of his famed garden designs. Sophie cannot admit to Lord Bevington her yearning to preserve rather than replace his decayed formal landscape, for her enigmatic employer demands that she replace it with a fashionable modern plan. When he reveals his passion for her--and makes clear his expectations--she resolves never to be his mistress. But should she become his wife?

Cassian Carysfort has returned to England to claim his title and inheritance. He relies on Sophie to transform his Gloucestershire castle into a show place. Her lively presence is a welcome distraction from concerns about his sister’s state of mind, his nephew’s upbringing, and his poet friend’s ill-health. Lovely Sophie turns out to be as elusive as she is rebellious. Only a marriage proposal will gain him what he most desires. But when his castle is visited by tragedy and loss, Cassian realizes that the lady’s heart is the most valuable treasure of all--one he fears he doesn't deserve.

Praise for The Proposal:

“Engaging romance with winning characters and eloquent dialogue.”
Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author

“Rating=10. Very Highly Recommended. A sensitive romance filled with radiant characters and...intricate historical details....Ms. Porter's homage to the era's posh gardens provides a reinvigorating twist to a fabulous Regency romance.”
Under the Covers

“Very sensual...lush in detail. Her characters have just as much depth as the settings, and the gardens provide a wonderful backdrop for a tender love story.”
Affaire de Coeur

“Decidedly different...totally believable and deeply heartfelt.”

“Readers will savor The Proposal.”
The Literary Times
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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times - Joan Hammond
RT Rating: 4 stars.
Widowed Sophie Pinnock, a landscape designer, accepts the commission offered to her by Cassian Carysfort, Earl of Bevington, to redo the gardens at Bevington Castle...Sophie is soon "at daggers drawn" with her employer. One can almost smell the abundance of flowers thanks to Ms. Porter's visionary taalent.
The Romance Reader - Leslie Dunlap
Rating: 4 hearts
Solid research into eighteenth century gardens and styles of landscape architecture... evidence of the author's knowledge of this esoteric field. Ms. Porter has done her homework and it shows. There are a number of reasons to read The Proposal: it's well written; the landscape architecture background gives an unusual dimension to the plot; the characters do something besides drink tea and go to society balls.
Library Journal - Kristin Ramsdell
Widowed but determined to make a life for herself as a landscape architect, Sophie Pinnock takes on the job of redesigning the highly unsettling Lord Bevington's extensive gardens and finds herself involved in more than just redoing his castle grounds. A spritely, determined heroine and assorted secondary characters--both charming and unsavory--stand out in this late Georgian romance that boasts a rather complex plot...and alludes to some of the darker aspects of the period.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014919326
  • Publisher: Gallica Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 603,339
  • File size: 956 KB

Meet the Author

Margaret Evans Porter is the author of 11 period novels published in hardcover, paperback, and in translation, with digital editions coming soon. Early in her career Romantic Times Magazine reviewers presented her with the Best New Regency Author award, and later novels received multiple award nominations for Best Regency Novel. Several titles were mass market bestellers.
Margaret also writes articles on British history and travel and presents workshops on historical research and writing techniques at national and regional writers' conferences. Other publishing credits include nonfiction and poetry. An avid photographer of animals, scenery, and architecture, her work appears in magazines, newspapers, calendars, and websites.
She studied British history in the U.K., returned to the U.S. to complete her theatre training, and worked on stage and in film and television. A member of the Authors Guild and Novelists, Inc., she's listed in Who's Who in Authors, Editors and Poets and Who's Who in Entertainment.
Keep up with Margaret at http://www.margaretevansporter.com and http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMargaretEvansPorter and http://twitter.com/MargaretAuthor.
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