Forced to marry Mary Anstey against his will, the Earl of Devenham vows to put a brave face on his marriage. But Mary’s sister Emily would do anything to protect her sister from a miserable marriage—including tricking the Earl into marrying her instead!
"I have my pride. I have sworn to marry the girl, and marry her I will."
After ten long years, the Earl of Devenham had returned to wed Mary Anstey, only to find that their feelings for each other had cooled off considerably. Nevertheless, they both put on bright faces for the benefit of family and friends.
But Mary’s younger sister Emily saw through their masquerade. She would sacrifice anything rather than see her retiring sister married to the now haughty earl.
Desperate measure were called for… a sleeping draught in Mary’s wedding-morning chocolate and Emily could don the veil and force an annulment with the trick was discovered.
It was the kind of plot that could – and would – get young Emily into trouble….
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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