The Legacy of the Rose

The Legacy of the Rose

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by Kasey Michaels, Claire Zion
     
 

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A compelling historical romance from the award-winning author of The Belligerent Miss Boynton. Two lost souls betrayed by their families find one another. The wealth and security that surrounded them in their youth has vanished--and only together can they unravel the web of lies and secrets that binds them to the past.

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A compelling historical romance from the award-winning author of The Belligerent Miss Boynton. Two lost souls betrayed by their families find one another. The wealth and security that surrounded them in their youth has vanished--and only together can they unravel the web of lies and secrets that binds them to the past.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Lucien Tremaine returns home to Sussex from the Napoleonic Wars, he finds his mother dead and his father, Edmund, married to Melanie, the fiancee he had left behind. Worse, Edmund informs Lucien that he is a bastard and disinherits him, while Melanie shamelessly tries to seduce him. Mortified and disgusted, Lucien flees to London and refuses to be lured back by the tart correspondence of Kate Harvey, nursemaid to Edmund and Melanie's baby, informing him that Edmund is ill. When Lucien survives a murder attempt and traces its origin to Sussex, he returns there and, with the help of Kate--who has her own mysterious history--learns that the evil threatening his life has roots in the past. Although Michaels ( The Lurid Lady of Lockport ) shows flashes of ability, she pushes her story over melodrama's farthest edge. Melanie, only one of the villains, is mentally deranged and addicted to opium and aphrodisiacs, a murderer and a nymphomaniac. Her past includes two abusive sexual relationships (one incestuous, one lesbian). Not surprisingly, she's being blackmailed. This character alone could render Michaels immune to charges of restraint or good taste. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671731809
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
06/01/1992
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.18(d)

What People are saying about this

Amanda Clift
A gripping tale that seethes with stark, dangerous passion and ultimately reaffirms the healing power of love. An entralling read.
Catherine Coulter
You must read this novel, it's heavy and gutsy and altogether wonderful.

Meet the Author

Kasey Michaels is a USA Today bestselling author of over 100 romance novels. She has won an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award and several other commendations for her contemporary and historical romance novels. Her bestselling series include the Romney Marsh Trilogy, The Coltons Series, and others.

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The Legacy of the Rose 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kasey Michaels' Legacy of the Rose is a bit of a departure from her normal lighter regency romance novels, and it is a very good one. Michaels has a gift for storytelling that she fully uses here to explore some very interesting and complex characters as well as some twisting and turning plot lines.  Michaels explores the darker side of human sexuality and the violence that can so often go hand in hand with it. She brings the reader fully realized characters rather than just the archetypal hero and villain that are so often used in this genre. I don't want to discuss the plot, as it is rather complicated and it's always better to just let it unfold as you read it, but it does follow what you would expect in general from a regency romance. But Michaels does more here than just give the reader an afternoon diversion. Legacy of the Rose is a book filled with a dark intensity that is often sadly missing from regency romance, and it is a book that will likely stay with me for a long time to come.