Fifteen years ago Lily Boudine’s testimony helped hang a man for stealing the Countess of Ashwood’s historical jewels. After the trial, 8-year-old Lily was sent to live with friends in Ireland. When the Earl of Ashwood dies, Lily inherits the estate, but she sends her cousin Keira to England while she travels to Italy.
Escaping an unwanted marriage, Keira eagerly agrees to pose as Lily to help bring the estate back to its former glory. Then Declan O’Connor, Earl of Donnelly, arrives from Ireland and immediately recognizes Keira. He threatens to expose her ruse, but she persuades him to keep her secret and help her uncover the truth about the theft. Their long-ago passion re-emerges, especially when a stranger appears to be threatening Keira. Declan is just as determined to protect her as she is to claim his love. (POCKET, Nov., 380 pp., $7.99)