The Bookseller's Daughter

The Bookseller's Daughter

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by Pam Rosenthal
     
 

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The worst of times, the most passionate of loves.

In her family’s bookshop, Marie-Laure Vernet had adventure, romance, and mystery at her fingertips. And intrigue, in the form of an enigmatic stranger as unsettlingly attractive as the scandalous books he smuggled. But he disappeared, and so did the bookshop’s meager fortunes.

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The worst of times, the most passionate of loves.

In her family’s bookshop, Marie-Laure Vernet had adventure, romance, and mystery at her fingertips. And intrigue, in the form of an enigmatic stranger as unsettlingly attractive as the scandalous books he smuggled. But he disappeared, and so did the bookshop’s meager fortunes.

Forced to work as a scullery maid, Marie-Laure struggles to keep the china in one piece—and herself away from the aristocrats’ wandering hands. Until unexpectedly, the Duc’s estranged son comes home, and Marie-Laure once again finds herself face-to-face with the fascinating stranger.

Joseph has braved every conceivable danger during his secret adventures outside France, but he knows no one is in greater peril than a pretty servant in the employ of his lecherous father. And the only way to protect her is to pretend to be her lover.

Behind his bedroom door, their chaste friendship blooms into a connection more erotic than the stories in any forbidden book. But desire, even love, may not be enough to overcome the forces society has arrayed against them…

Warning: Contains a relationship between a couple who love books almost as much as they love each other.

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Forced by her father's death to leave their bookstore and the literary life she adores, Marie-Laure shuns a practical but loveless marriage for a position as a scullery maid in an aristocratic household and ends up in a seemingly impossible romantic relationship with a book-smuggling nobleman she had met earlier under very different circumstances. Boldly setting her novel in prerevolutionary France, Rosenthal displays such an elegant style as she interweaves her intense love story with the social and political realities of the time that even readers averse to the historical period will be drawn in. A pair of intriguingly unconventional protagonists, a cadre of uncommon, well-defined secondary characters (both real and fictional), and a creative plot laced with some unexpected twists result in a literate, sensual romance enhanced with just enough historical detail to satisfy without overwhelming the reader. Lively, appealing, and unique-who could ask for anything more. Rosenthal (Almost a Gentleman) lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619217997
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
398
Sales rank:
701,982
File size:
2 MB

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