I met a lady in the meads /Full beautiful, a faery's child. /Her hair was long, her foot was light, /And her eyes were wild. -John Keats, "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" Keats' famous poem might be describing Lady Meriel Grahame, the enchanting heroine of this passionate tale set amidst magical gardens. An equally appealing leading man, a thrilling love story, and a rich historical milieu make this novel positively irresistible. More pagan than lady, Meriel spends her days running barefoot through her English estate, cultivating her flowers and her mystical connection to nature. She is mute and, according to most people, mad. But handsome Dominic Renbourne, who has been sent by his twin to court her, senses in Meriel a kindred spirit. He manages to inspire her trust, and against his better judgement, her passion. Award-winning, New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Mary Jo Putney lives up to her reputation for creating strong, intelligent characters. Barbara Rosenblat's stimulating performance will awaken all your senses, if not the wild child in you.
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by Mary Jo Putney
"Rosenblat animates Putney's tale of madness and deception. Elder twin Kyle is contracted to wed an eccentric heiress, thus acquiring her estate and, it is hoped, calming her antipathy toward marriage and motherhood. He enlists his brother to do his wooing until he has dealt with problems of his own. Lady Meriel, traumatized by childhood events, is warmed by the glow of her supposed suitor. In Rosenblat's voice Dominic speaks with gentle intensity, and Kyle's voice hardens to leaden precision. Only a master of articulate narration could so delicately have caught the nuances of this romance. S.B.S. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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