Hailed as “a brilliant author whom we come to rely on for the best in romantic fiction” (Rendezvous), New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley weaves an enchanting tale of passion and intrigue in England’s Golden Age…
As dress designer to Queen Elizabeth, Catherine Seton Spencer is cursedor is it blessed?with unbound impulsiveness. Secretly venturing into the heady streets of London, she casts off the reins of propriety in a search for excitement and true love. Little does she know her bold curiosity will lead her to the man destined to claim her…
Rough-hewn and roguish, Patrick Hepburn, Lord Stewart of Scotland, is a man of strength and cunning. Possessing the gift of foresight, he tells the ambitious King James that the throne of England will be his. As reward, the king promises him a wealthy bride to help him regain his family fortune, and sends him to London as an emissary to the courtwhere he finds the beauty who has haunted his visions.
Divided by loyalties and society, but bound by desire that drives them into each other’s arms, Cat and Patrick find themselves in an intricate web of deceit and danger that threatens to topple the throneand tear the lovers apart….
Signet, November 2004