London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.
Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose.
As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear. When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.
About the author:
SARAH M. EDEN read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been an Austen addict ever since. Fascinated by the English Regency era, Eden became a regular in that section of the reference department at her local library, where she painstakingly researched this extraordinary chapter in history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and was a Whitney Award finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Visit her at www.sarahmeden.com.
In Tiffany’s opinion:
I enjoyed reading this regency romance, particularly the characters of Mariposa, who brings humor into Jason’s life and is witty and clever in so many ways. I also enjoyed the Jonquil brothers. Although Jason’s character was serious and uptight at first, he evolved into one of my favorite characters. As Mariposa and Jason began to see the person behind the mask, feelings between the two ignite. I love this quote in the book:
“One trait you all share with him is a tendency to hide the person you truly are. You all keep yourselves tucked safely behind various masks and walls, whether it be isolation or playing the fool or”- she eyed him more pointedly- “clinging to the appearance of impeccable respectability. Being your full self is a better thing, my dear. Give your brother a chance to be his full self before deciding who he is. You might both be surprised by what you discover.”
I appreciated the wit, depth, suspense, and romance in this book. I like everything Sarah Eden writes. You will love this too!
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