James Braedon swore he'd never repeat the misery of his father's marriages and has cultivated a hard, uncaring demeanor to protect his heart. When Braemoor, his ancestral home, is burned nearly to the ground by his mad father, Braedon is at his wits' end. In desperation, he hires a young French émigré, Marguerite, to help keep his father out of trouble and to run his household.

Slowly, the lovely young woman charms her way into the good graces of everyone on the estate, and Braedon can no longer deny the attraction he feels for her. Marguerite realizes she loves James in spite of his harsh tongue and abrasive manner. She knows love can heal their wounded souls, but refuses to accept less than an honorable offer.

Talented newcomer Mary Blayney has woven an excellent tale of human frailty, wicked hatred and tender emotion with life-affirming results. This book is sure to add loyal readers to her growing cadre of fans. (Nov., 256 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Teresa Roebuck