Shadows in Velvet

Shadows in Velvet

by Haywood Smith
     
 

A love conceived against all odds...darkened by a legacy of intrigue and betrayal.

A simple convent life was orphan Annique's whole world, until she learned of her noble blood...and her fate. Now, she must enter the gilded decadence of the French court as bride to Philippe, Duc de Corbay— a man of mystery and secrets, and a legendary lover.

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Overview

A love conceived against all odds...darkened by a legacy of intrigue and betrayal.

A simple convent life was orphan Annique's whole world, until she learned of her noble blood...and her fate. Now, she must enter the gilded decadence of the French court as bride to Philippe, Duc de Corbay— a man of mystery and secrets, and a legendary lover.

Philippe, embittered by his father's tyranny and this unwanted marriage, is left breathless by the country girl's luminous beauty and the wild passion it conceals. But Annique, about to open her guarded heart to him, is shattered by a secret from Philippe's past that could embroil them both in a treacherous uprising.

Together, from the opulence and pageantry of the court to the intimate shadows of the bedchamber, they will face the power and cunning of the highest princess in the land— and the hand of fate that may destroy a love as tumultuous as its times.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A rich, engrossing tale filled with wonderful characters and detail. I enjoyed it tremendously!"— Heather Graham

"Brilliant...an exciting, fast reading experience that readers simply must purchase for their collections."— Affaire de Coeur *****Five Stars

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
French civil unrest in the mid-17th century is interwoven with a complex love story in this intelligent, accomplished debut historical romance. An orphan raised in a convent, Anne-Marie de Bourbon-Corbay finds herself ill-prepared for the elegantly corrupt world she is thrown into by an arranged marriage to her cousin, Philippe. As a result of his recently ended affair with an ambitious princess, Philippe and Anne-Marie find themselves in the middle of deadly civil disturbances that pit nobles, clerics and commoners against the autocratic regency of Cardinal Mazarin and Anne of Austria. Anne-Marie's maturation, Philippe's coming to terms with his long-buried emotions and the revelation of family secrets make for an explosive tension that leaves the happy ending in doubt until the last minute. Rich in history, romance and fine narrative drive, this is an impressive debut that explores new territory for readers who may be growing a little tired of the usual plots and settings. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312958732
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/15/1996
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Publication of Shadows In Velvet is a dream come true for author Haywood Smith. After working as a full-time mother, a high school substitute teacher, an interior decorator, a residential contractor, a real estate broker, and a residential real estate appraiser, Haywood now writes full-time from her home on the shores of Lake Lanier, near Atlanta, Georgia.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Buford, Georgia
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1949
Place of Birth:
Atlanta, Georgia
Education:
One year of college and several professional real estate degrees and appraisal certifications
Website:
http://www.haywoodsmith.net

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