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Count Eduardo Cortes’ fortune - and future at his beloved ranch - are in question. Tragedy, money woes, and family pressure are now driving him toward a marriage of convenience. That is, until he encounters Bernadette Barron, wandering frightened and disheveled after a society ball.…
Beneath the grime, it’s clear Bernadette is beautiful and rich. But is she just another heartbreak waiting to happen or has Eduardo finally found the one woman who can save his ranch and heal his heart? The Spanish count can provide Bernadette with the title she needs - but can he return her feelings?
Gazing into her husband’s penetrating eyes, Bernadette sees not only his calculating ways but also his quick arousal to passion. Will their growing desire be enough to overcome the mounting challenges they face…and to claim the love she will not be denied?
©2012 Diana Palmer (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 04-12-13

Liked it....Wished it was longer

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I really enjoyed this book. It wasnt just a love story but a book that showed struggles in relationships. Its about forgiving people and having the courage to move ahead in life dispite hardships. I was sorry it ended....I didnt want it to end. I liked the reader once I got passed his breathing. He inhales rather loudly but once I got into the book I hardly noticed the breating. . Also, his accents were great for all the characters.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Yvette on 01-03-14


As I am awaiting the arrival of my new monthly credits, I needed an inexpensive audiobook, and not a long one at that. Oh my goodness, this little book was so much more than I bargained for! It was so good!!

This book has a lot of redeeming qualities in the lives of the characters. Palmer did a wonderful job in creating some of the most beautiful transformations in father-daughter, husband & wife, and within in-law relationships which was so heart-warming to witness.

Bernadette Barron is the daughter of a wealthy Irish immigrant who experienced a rags to riches story and now nurses a fervent ambition to marry his daughter off to a suitor of noble blood. Eduardo Cortes fit the bill because of his long, proud, noble Spanish ancestry (with connections to royalty) who was also in needs of the funds such an alliance would offer.--He's also a close friend of the family.

Yet, some of the hardest lessons learned are that having money doesn't exactly equal acceptance among the much-established nobility. In addition, another lesson is that just because one might appear to be physically frail, does not equal weakness, as both Eduardo and his grandmother & cousin learn in dealing with Bernadette. Bernadette may suffer from severe asthma, but OMG she is no push over with her Irish temper and passion, as she gains the respect of those who most oppose her. I loved how she stood up to her in-laws when they tried to bully her. I also love how she dealt with Eduardo during misunderstandings.

This is a beautiful love story between Bernadette & Eduardo. Eduardo and Bernadette learned to trust each other and share burdens as they healed from past hurts and faced the future with faith. Ok, I have to mention this….there is such a great description of an organism in this book…it was kind of funny, but still on point…haha.

The narrator was fabulous! Wow! I loved his Spanish, Irish accent and the way he voiced each of the characters. Todd Haberkorn was truly impressive!

This was my first Diana Palmer books, but certainly not the last. I recommend this book, whole-heartedly, to anyone who is seeking a quick, feel-good book at a great price! No need to use a credit for this one.

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