New York Times bestselling author Bertrice Small continues her glorious historical-romance series featuring four sisters in Renaissance Florence who have anything but marriage on their minds. Giovanni Pietro d' Angelos selected his oldest daughter' s husband, and the marriage proved to be a disaster. He offers to give his next oldest daughter, Francesca, more latitude in choosing a husband than her sister had. But the arrogant beauty has no desire to marry, and she drives every potential suitor away. The Duke of Terreno Boscoso seeks a wife for his heir, Rafaello, and invites Francesca, along with several other possible brides, to come meet him. Francesca' s parents think it' s a good match, but she refuses to consider it until her father makes her a promise: If he does not suit, you may return. She is therefore shocked when, not long after they meet, Rafaello chooses her as his bride and her parents agree to his proposal-- without her consent. Furious and feeling betrayed, Francesca flees into the woods and takes shelter at an inn. There, she earns her keep as a servant-- and meets an unlikely suitor who steals her heart. But the future remains uncertain for the runaway bride, who is still promised to another.
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by Bertrice Small
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"Jill Tanner's eloquent delivery and flawless English accent are the perfect pairing for this historical romance, filled with intrigue. In the latest offering in this series, set during the Renaissance, beautiful and independent Francesca, who does not wish to marry, is sent to Terrino Boscoso, where she is one of several ladies being considered for the hand of the duke's heir, the handsome Rafaello. When she's chosen, she runs away and meets a mysterious huntsman. Is he her true love, or is he not what he seems? Using slight tonal differences, Tanner makes each character distinct and easily recognizable. The result is a well-acted glimpse into a time filled with political upheaval and women who had to be strong to carve out their places. A.C.P. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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