Secrets in Satin

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He thought she was as cold as ice.

With her pale face and black mourning gown, Elizabeth, Countess of Ravenwold, was completely emotionless as she stood over the body of her dead husband. But Edward Garrett, Viscount Creighton, had no idea of the passion behind her mask of ice— or the dark secrets hidden in her guarded heart.

She thought he was a careless rogue.

Garrett's reputation preceded him, so Elizabeth ...

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Overview

He thought she was as cold as ice.

With her pale face and black mourning gown, Elizabeth, Countess of Ravenwold, was completely emotionless as she stood over the body of her dead husband. But Edward Garrett, Viscount Creighton, had no idea of the passion behind her mask of ice— or the dark secrets hidden in her guarded heart.

She thought he was a careless rogue.

Garrett's reputation preceded him, so Elizabeth hardened herself against his ruthless charms. But when a royal command forced her to marry the knave, their lives were drawn together into a dangerous game of intrigue...and a passionate contest of wills.

Amid the turmoil of a dying monarchy, Garrett and Elizabeth discovered a love haunted by the past and challenged by an uncertain future. But can this love survive, or will it be wrenched away by a twist of fate...or the hand of a king?

With her pale face and black mourning gown, Elizabeth, Countess of Ravenwold, was completely emotionless as she stood over the body of her dead husband. But Edward Garrett, Viscount Creighton, had no idea of the passion behind her mask of ice--or the dark secrets hidden in her guarded heart. Ads in Romantic Times. Original.

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"A masterpiece."—Affaire de Coeur

"Haywood Smith's historical novels are marvelous and her impressive talents truly shimmer."—Romantic Times

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Royal Cavaliers and rebel Roundheads clash in Smith's sweeping English Civil War novel (after Shadows in Velvet). Future King Charles II spitefully maneuvers the handsome warrior Garrett, Viscount Creighton, into marriage with widowed Elizabeth, Countess of Ravenwold. The two had taken each other in mutual dislike years before when she'd thought him a rake and a rogue; he thought of her as a frigid witch rejoicing in her husband's demise. But it turns out that years of spousal abuse were responsible for Elizabeth's icy demeanor and Garrett sets about thawing her through slow nurturing. But just as happiness seems within reach, illness, war and death threaten it. Smith delivers intelligent, sensitivebut not saccharinehistorical romance for readers who expect more from the genre. (Apr.)
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After seeing Elizabeth, Countess of Ravenwold, dance on the grave of her abusive husband, ladies' man Edward Garrett, Viscount Creighton, is stunned when Charles I forces him into a loveless marriage with her. The Catholic widow has to overcome her physical and emotional scars while her Protestant husband fights a war of religious intolerance both on the battlefield and within himself. Filled with conflict and adventure and a cleverly woven historical background, this is a tale of intrigue full of sympathetic characters and ending satisfactorily. Smith is a winner of the prestigious Maggie Award, and her Shadows on Velvet (St. Martin's, 1996) is a 1997 Rita finalist for best first book. She lives in Buford, Georgia. (SM)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312961596
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Haywood Smith

Haywood Smith's debut novel, Shadows in Velvet, received highest acclaim from readers and critics alike, for breathtaking emotion, fast-paced historical adventure, and spectacular writing. Now, with Secrets in Satin, she will utterly enthrall you...

Biography

Atlanta native Haywood Smith currently lives in Massachusetts. She has one son, currently in medical school who is "married to a wonderful, fearless Christian woman," and a close family that includes her mother, three sisters, and a brother.

The Red Hat Club was on the New York Times Bestseller List. The paperback edition of Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch appeared on both the USA Today list and the New York Times Extended Bestseller List.

Author biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Smith:

"God already knows I wrote what I wrote, so I figured I might as well put my real name on my books. My Mama had to get used to the love scenes in my historical romances -- especially when I used bondage as a metaphor in the first one (very polite, consensual bondage; well, most of it)."

"I believe in taking lemons and making lemonade when life gets cruel. I've had joint problems since childhood, so I can only run if my life depends on it, but I now have a job I can do in a recliner. How great is that?"

"I haven't had plastic surgery, but I'm saving up to get lipo on my saddlebag hips and the tummy my sisters and I all have dubbed, ‘the baby.' I also believe that every woman out there should start putting money in a sugar bowl to ‘get the plumbing jerked' once she's finished having her kids. Life without periods is the best!"

"I am happier now without a significant man in my life than I was with one. Not that I'm down on men altogether. I just like my perfect girlie room, my white carpets, keeping my own hours and weird diets, and not having to worry about hiding my bite guard, surgical scars, white roots, and buzz saw snoring. Not to mention having the freedom to pass gas at will without criticism."

"I love hearing from readers who enjoyed my books. Such kind words make my day. I do not love hearing from people who can't handle the realistic nature or language in my work. Everything in my work is there for a reason. If a character cusses, she's been provoked (and it beats busting loose with an Uzi at the nineteenth hole of her ex's country club). If she takes the Lord's name in vain (like my fictional SuSu character) it's because she's subconsciously crying out to the God she's rejected."

"Mainly, I want the women in my books to accurately reflect the complexities, the heartache, and the humor that is our saving grace."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Anne Haywood Pritchett
    2. Hometown:
      Buford, Georgia
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Atlanta, Georgia
    1. Education:
      One year of college and several professional real estate degrees and appraisal certifications
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