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Captured Hearts: Five Favorite Love Stories

by Mary Jo Putney Mary Balogh Edith Layton Patricia Rice Joan Wolf

Just in time for Valentine's Day! This one features stories of passion and romance from five critically-acclaimed romance authors -- Mary Balogh, Mary Jo Putney, Joan Wolf, Edith Layton, and Patricia Rice. Each story is a classic, and all have been unavailable for at least five years. A perfect Valentine for the romantic reader!

The Deception

by Joan Wolf

Adrian, Earl of Greystone, is tricked into marrying Kate by his longtime enemy, Kate's scheming uncle, whom she suspects is behind her beloved father's death. When her new husband sails across the English Channel, Kate stays behind to investigate. Separated from his wife, Adrian soon realizes that he is enchanted by her--just as Kate discovers that she, too, has fallen in love with her husband. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Golden Girl

by Joan Wolf

The handsome but debt-ridden Anthony Selbourne, Duke of Cheviot, marries Sarah Patterson, granddaughter of a wealthy merchant. Although Sarah dislikes her fiance's snobbery and Anthony loathes a mercantile marriage, they take a chance on each other. When someone tries to kill Sarah, Anthony finds he will do anything to save the woman who was once foisted upon him.

High Meadow

by Joan Wolf

Life hasn't been easy for Kate Foley since her sister died seven years ago, leaving behind an infant son, but adopting and raising Ben with her widowed mother has brought her much joy. When a stranger with a drop-dead-gorgeous smile strides up the path to High Meadow and claims to be Ben's father, Kate gears up for the fight of her life, but instead of a fight, Kate finds that she's getting a lesson -- about men, about being a woman, and about the passion she's never tasted.

His Lordship's Desire

by Joan Wolf

Napoleon's troops stand defeated and Wellington's Spanish campaign is over. Now a dedicated British soldier enters a very different hind of war: a battle for the woman he loves...The eldest son of the Earl of Standish and heir to his late father's holdings, Alexander Devize is summoned home to his duties in England. Waiting for him, he believes, is Diana Sherwood, the irrepressible beauty with whom he shared an unforgettable night of passion, a young woman he fully intends to marry. But Diana, lovelier and more headstrong than ever, has other intentions.A soldier's daughter, Diana refuses to suffer the harsh world of being a soldier's wife and plans instead her coming out in London, ignoring the memories of wild and reckless Alex. Convinced she's found the proper, stable gentleman in Robert Welbourne, she pursues her course, unaware of a treachery building around her-or of the unwavering devotion of a soldier willing to fight for all he's worth in a battle he must not lose.

No Dark Place

by Joan Wolf

In the turbulent realm of Norman England, a young nobleman discovers that his identity is the link to an incredible mystery. Hugh Corbaille has just lost the person he cares for most in the world, his adoptive father, the Sheriff of Lincoln. While Hugh's grief is still raw, he is approached by a visiting knight with an unbelievable tale: Hugh may actually be Hugh de Leon, sole child of the Earl of Wiltshire, mysteriously abducted thirteen years before on the day of his father's murder. Despite his loyalty to the family that raised him and his reluctance to be anyone but their son, Hugh begins to believe he could indeed be the missing heir. With no memory of his early years, Hugh sets out to find the truth. He soon unearths a web of death and intrigue beginning in the lost days of his childhood when he may have witnessed the stabbing of his birth father. Tormented by this tragic puzzle, Hugh must turn to the mother he has never known, a court of straligers, and the young woman whose sympathy and healing are his one support, to try to piece together his splintered past and put an end to a reign of danger and deception. In No Dark Place, award-winning novelist Joan Wolf spins all all-absorbing medieval mystery of violent ambitions, inescapable bonds, and searing dreams of final justice.

The Poisoned Serpent

by Joan Wolf

Norman England has little to celebrate in the new year of 1140. The country is immersed in a bitter civil war from which no one is immune, including Hugh de Leon, heir to an earldom. His Uncle Guy has arranged his marriage to the spoiled daughter of the newly named Earl of Lincoln. It is a merger that will combine two of the land's largest fortunes -- and give the de Leons unparalleled power. Hugh's heart, however, belongs to the Lady Cristen, and he will do everything he can -- including eloping -- to make her his own. His plan is simple enough-until the new Earl of Lincoln is murdered, and a friend of Hugh's is accused of the crime. Though he has little time in which to foil his uncle's arrangement, Hugh cannot see an innocent man wrongly hanged. To save his friend and marry the woman he loves, Hugh must work fast to track down a deadly -- and wily -- serpent. But when he grabs it by the tail, can he avoid its poisonous bite?

The Pretenders

by Joan Wolf

The rakish and handsome Baron Reeve of Ormsby, Earl of Cambridge, falls into the worst debt of his life when his horse loses a sure-thing race. His frustration is compounded by the fact that he has the money within his grasp, but his straitlaced uncle, Lord Bradford, will only agree to give him access to his inheritance before his 26th birthday if Reeve will deign to enter into a contract of marriage for its "settling effect." In an effort to thwart his uncle's desires and still gain the inheritance, Reeve invites his childhood pal Deb, a horse-lover herself and disinherited daughter of a baron, to marry him. Lured by the offer of her own horse as well as the desire to help her misunderstood friend, Deb agrees. They promise each other faithfully not to be married: to feign engagement and then find they "do not suit" before the nuptials. And they equally promise to, no matter what, not fall in love. This, of course, is a story in which all promises are broken.

A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Queen Esther

by Joan Wolf

You've read it as a biblical tale of courage. Experience it anew as a heart-stirring love story.She was a simple girl faced with an impossible choice. He was a magnificent king with a lonely heart. Their love was the divine surprise that changed the course of history.The beloved story of Esther springs to fresh life in this inspired novel that vibrates with mystery, intrigue, and romance.

Royal Bride

by Joan Wolf

Prince Augustus of Jura devoted his life to defeating Napoleon and defend his country. Victorious, Augustus's next challenge is to find a wife with political connections. He finds an English girl from a well-connected family, but is then crushed when she runs away with his cousin. He turns to her sister, Charity, a tomboy stuck in her sister's shadow.

Silverbridge

by Joan Wolf

"Joan Wolf writes with an absolute emotional mastery that goes straight to the heart." -Mary Jo PutneyStarring in the role of a lifetime, Tracy Collins goes on location to film a movie set amid the elegance of Regency England. Here, on the lush, sprawling estate of Silverbridge, the American actress is caught between the clashing egos of cast and crew...and undeniably intrigued by Harry Oliver, the devastatingly attractive lord of the manor. Then Tracy begins to have startling visions from the past, more menacing than the dramatic scenes she enacts for the camera. Suddenly, terrifying acts of sabotage and attempted murder-all too real and very much in the present-threaten her and Harry. At stake is a legacy too precious to lose...and a love as fragile as a dream foretold long ago.Word Count: 96,000 words.

That Summer

by Joan Wolf

Amy Foster returns to Virginia when her father dies and is soon plunged into the past when the body of a young woman missing for ten years is found and the man she once loved is suspected in her death. Original.

This Scarlet Cord

by Joan Wolf

Within one of the Old Testament's most famous battles lies one of the most tender love stories. Hidden within the battle of Jericho is the story of Rahab, a beautiful and brave young Canaanite woman who aided the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a window. This act of faith changed her life by placing her in the genealogy of Christ. Rahab is the youngest daughter of a Canaanite farmer, taken to Jericho for the pagan New Year so her father can find her a wealthy spouse. Sala, the Israelite boy who had once saved her from being kidnapped, is also in Jericho. When the two young people meet again they admit their love for one another, but their different religions make marriage impossible. Their love story plays out against the background of Jericho's pagan rites. It is only when the One True God of Israel comes into Rahab's life--and she realizes what He is calling her to do--that she and Sala can come together. Witness Rahab as a young woman determined to find her destiny as she follows her heart toward true love . . . and the One True God. "Wolf (A Reluctant Queen) holds our interest by skillfully conjuring up a fascinating version of Rahab's story, successfully persuading us that the story is far more complex than merely a "scarlet cord." --Publishers Weekly

To the Castle

by Joan Wolf

Twelfth-century Normandy-as a fierce battle for the crown erupts, a powerful knight and his innocent bride will discover their destinies are passionately entwined....Just weeks away from taking her holy vows, Nell de Bonvile learns of her elder sister's tragic death. Swept from the convent, she is ordered to take Sybilla's place as bride to Roger de Roche, heir to Britain's most powerful earldom. Lovely, naive and totally unprepared for life outside the convent or the ways of men, Nell bravely faces her uncertain future.Indifferent to marriage for anything other than political gain, Roger is prepared to wait until his innocent bride comes to him willingly. Yet as he watches Nell blossom from timid girl to courageous mistress of his keep, his desire for her grows all-consuming. But war gives no quarter to newfound passion, plunging them both into a battle that will pit father against son, invaders against loyalists, testing every whispered word, and each unspoken promise....

White Horses

by Joan Wolf

January 1813-the British army is preparing to cross the Pyrenees and advance against Napoleon's army. Only one thing stands in the way-funds. It will take two people masquerading as lovers to carry out a dangerous plan...Despite inheriting the traveling Cirque Equestre-France's proudest equestrian tradition-Gabrielle Rochon has no loyalty to the emperor who destroyed her family's way of life. Independent and headstrong, she pledges to help the British army, knowing her late father would have done the same. But her mission to smuggle gold across France within the cirque to the Duke of Wellington's headquarters in Spain is one the British won't let her do alone.Colonel Leo Branford-an arrogant, striking foreigner-is ordered to play the part of her husband so that he may escort the gold without arousing enemy suspicions.While Gabrielle is annoyed that she must publicly bow to his every whim, the danger of the mission binds them in a disturbingly intimate way. With French troops precariously close to uncovering their charade, it is imperative that neither of them forget their purpose...or themselves.

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