Renowned actress Poppy Duveen gives up her career to marry Freddie Plummett—who promptly dies. Poppy inherits a castle—and soon attracts the attention of Freddie’s far more formidable uncle, the Duke of Guildham. It’s a dangerous attraction—and Poppy soon finds herself matching wits and wills with a more than worthy opponent.
She was the flower of an East End slum who rose to become a star. But Poppy Duveen quit the stage to marry Freddie Plummett, the only real gentleman she had ever known - the bounder who died. When Freddie died, Poppy was left the castle but also left to the clutches of Freddie’s formidable uncle, Hugo, the dazzling Duke of Guildham.
How could she admit, even to herself, this dangerous attraction? Instead, Polly tried to turn her back on it but it was no use. Clearly, Hugo thought her a mere waif, a common poor relation. Well, she’d show him and his snobbish family. She’d return to the stage as Poppy Plummett, conquer London, and make fools of them all!
M. C. Beaton
M. C. Beaton is the pen name of bestselling novelist Marion Chesney. She is a prolific writer of historical romances and small village mysteries. Born in Scotland, the author began her writing career as a fiction buyer for a Glasgow bookstore and has worked as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor.
The author has written under various names, most notably as M. C. Beaton for her Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series. She also has written under the names Sarah Chester, Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Marion Gibbons, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward.
The author lived in the United States, but now splits her time between the Cotswolds, England and Paris, France.
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