What if living a lie gives you the life you want to live?
Mary Masterton is a desperate woman. Facing the advances of loathsome suitor she can't imagine marrying, she is short on choices. She convinces a handsome stranger, the victim of a head injury, that they are engaged. Left with no memory of his previous life, the man has no reason to doubt her.
The man's signet ring is the only clue to his true identity as the Duke of Avalon. Determined to reclaim his past, he begs Mary to accompany him on a journey to track down the meaning of the ring. Once more Mary finds herself in a hopeless situation: help the man she has come to love and risk losing him forever, or keep him in the dark and live a blissful lie...
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About the Author
Sherrill Bodine is a best-selling author, fashionista, and world traveler. She has published 19 romance novels, co-authored a comic book, and was a contributing columnist to the Chicago Sun-Times. Her novels have won or been nominated for several romance industry awards including the Write Touch Reader's Choice Award, the Golden Quill Reader's Choice Award, and Romantic Times' Best Romance of the Year. Her 2008 novel Talk of the Town (Grand Central Publishing) was chosen by Cosmopolitan magazine as its "Red Hot Read" for February 2009. She is a member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, Novelist Inc., Chicago North RWA, and Off Campus Writers.
Sherrill has lived all over America including tenures in Indiana, Los Angeles, New York City, Charleston, West Virginia, and ultimately Chicago, where she is active in high society and widely recognized and applauded for her philanthropy and civic work. Committed to giving back to her community, she is active on several charitable boards including The Service Club of Chicago, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Parkways Foundation, and The Woman's Board of La Rabida Children's Hospital and is a frequent speaker at charity events and functions. She currently resides on Chicago's North Shore and she frequents fashion shows and charity galas with her longtime Prince Charming (with whom she scandalously eloped at age 18).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of my biggest issues is when publishers and authors take books they have written years ago and re-cover them and republish them. This is one of those books. I saw this book when I was purchasing another book. Normally, before I buy a book, I check GoodReads, but couldn’t find any reviews and the book was published 12/2/2013. I checked Sherrill Bordine’s web site and the book is listed under “New Regency Romance Novels”. So for $2.99 I decided to take a chance. I got to the copyright page and found the truth in the book. It was originally published in 1993, not 12/2/2013 as listed on the B&N website. The copyright page says that it was written by Elaine Sima and Leslie Lynn (which is one of Sherrill Bordine’s listed pen names along with Lynn Leslie.) I HATE being tricked like this. If publishers and authors are going to re-issue books DISCLOSE IT! Richard, Duke of Avalon is engaged to a spoiled brat. He is going to Scotland to meet a philosophy professor and when she figures out that he will just make it back in time for the wedding, she tells him that she will break the engagement. Richard travels to Scotland. Mary Masterson wakes up to her barn on fire. Since her prized horses are in it, she rushes out to save the horses. Apparently, Richard was riding by and sees the fire. He stops to help and in knocked unconscious by a falling timber. Mary’s mother was a daughter of a Baron who eloped to the Scottish border with Mr. Masterson. One of the local neighbors, Sir Robert insists that Mary’s father owed him money and wants Mary to marry him to erase the debt. When Richard has amnesia, Mary uses it to her advantage and when Richard awakes, he tells her she is his fiancée. Apparently, Mary’s grandmother’s cousin has left her quite a fortune and since grandma and mom are deceased, it belongs to Mary. Mary’s grandfather wants to keep the money so he tells Mary that if she comes to London, he will cut off the small stipend she receives. Lucky for Mary, Richard figures this out and confronts the evil Baron. This book is twenty year old and the style of writing had definitely changed in 20 years ago. Twenty years ago, there wasn’t any sex in Regency Romances and I wouldn't have read one then. I was very disappointed to find this book was a re-covered re-issue.
Quick easy read. Very predictable.