Deception flames into passion when a lady's maid secretly takes her mistress' place in an arranged marriage.
On a frigid March day in Yorkshire in 1895, 10-year-old Marissa Ayers encounters the raven-haired, blue-eyed stranger for the first time. When next they meet, she has escaped the dust of the coal mines and is now a lady's maid at a fine estate, determined to escape her hardscrabble life. She instantly recognizes him, but has no inkling that their lives are about to come together in the most intimate way - until her mistress begs her to take her place in a marriage of convenience. Haunted by the memory of his lost love, Ian Tremayne is honor-bound by the promise he made to an old friend. His marriage to Katherine Mary Ahearn will be a union in name only. Yet something about the proud, green-eyed Englishwoman seems familiar... and intrigues him. He takes her home to America, where the willful beauty slowly begins to thaw his guarded heart.
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