Bride of Fortune

Bride of Fortune

by Shirl Henke

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Bride of Fortune by Shirl Henke


Nicholas Fortune is a war-weary mercenary who has wandered across the world searching for a home. Raised in a New Orleans bordello, Nick has never belonged anywhere. His only loyalty is to himself until, amid the flames of revolution, he takes another man’s identity…and his wife.


Mercedes Alvarado is a half-English, half-Spanish heiress whose delicate golden beauty conceals a spine of steel. She survives the desertion of her husband, the scorn of his aristocratic family and the ravages of civil war, holding together a grand estate until her soldier husband returns to claim it…and her.

The dark and dangerous man who rides home to that birthright touches her soul with fiery need. He becomes the husband of her heart, but is he really Lucero Alvarado…or a stranger with her husband’s face?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015222357
Publisher: Shirl Henke
Publication date: 08/25/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,094,743
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

SHIRL HENKE lives in St. Louis, where she enjoys gardening in her yard and greenhouse, cooking holiday dinners for her family and listening to jazz. In addition to helping brainstorm and research her books, her husband Jim is “lion tamer” for their two wild young tomcats, Pewter and Sooty, geniuses at pillage and destruction.
Shirl has been a RITA finalist twice, and has won three Career Achievement Awards, an Industry Award and three Reviewer’s Choice Awards from Romantic Times.
“I wrote my first twenty-two novels in longhand with a ballpoint pen—it’s hard to get good quills these days,” she says. Dragged into the twenty-first century by her son Matt, a telecommunication specialist, Shirl now uses two of those “devil machines.” Another troglodyte bites the dust. Please visit her at

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Bride of Fortune 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some reviewers have pointed out that this book contains a number of "improbabilities." It does, but improbability is the stuff of high romance. Think of the Prince and the Pauper or The Comedy of Errors. It's what the writer does with the improbability that is important. And in Henke's hands they are woven into a story of action, adventure, and a tale of redemption achieved through love. During the Mexican revolution of the 1860s, Nick Fortune, a hardened mercenary, comes to the vast estate of Gran Sangre, assuming the identity of it's heir, Lucero Alvarado, his half brother. One of her first actions is to rescue Luce's bastard daughter from a convent. He quickly falls under the spell of the bright 5 year old and begins to think of her as his daughter. He weaves a sensual web around the beautiful Mercedes, Luce's wife. At first his motive is simple lust (the woman is a golden haired stunner). But gradually, at some juncture, lust turns to love, and in his mind, Mercedes becomes his wife. Through his love for the two females, he begins to see the world about him through "new eyes." He develops a sympathy for the peons who are crushed beneath the yoke of the aristocratic Dons, true feudal lords. He begins to work with the Juarista rebels (okay at first he's blackmailed into it) and develops a deep respect for Juarez himself. And Mercedes? Well, at first she bitterly resents the return of "Lucero," whom she had only known for a couple of weeks before he rode off to war years before. He's as arrogant as ever. Yet he is now kind, and slowly she succumbs to his sensual assault. Slowly, even though she begins to suspect that this man is not her legal husband, in Mercedes mind, this new Lucero becomes the husband of her heart, one she will kill to protect. Set against the struggle of the clash between a dying feudal order and the rise of a new democracy, this novel is an exciting celebration of the power of love. I highly recommend it.