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In Meleri, Robert finds that true love overshadows hatred. Ms. Coffman pens a heartfelt, old-fashioned romance that delves into the shadows of the human soul. Liberally laced with memorable characters, this is an intricate and colorful tapestry of the human soul.

In 1785, English Lady Meleri Weatherby vows to wed the first man she sees, thus ending her long-standing engagement to cruel Lord Philip Northumberland. Fleeing him, Meleri runs into Robert, Earl of Douglas.

Robert has been ordered by the king to find an English wife, despite his hatred for all things English. The Earl of Drummond is holding the mortgage notes on his family home and Robert is running out of time to repay the debt.

Meleri's dowry can save Roberts Scottish home and his name can save her from a life of torment. But once at castle Beloyn, neither expects the ghostly appearance of the first Black Douglas, nor the extent Northumberland will go to exact vengeance.

(Nov., 443 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Beth MacGregor