Upon the death of her father, her Guardian, “The Honorable Robert Conrad” married her at sixteen to a vicious beast named Gerard Candor, the Marquis de Coeur. Her ‘husband’ would bring friends with him when he would arrive to provide her the small pittance she was expected to live on.
If she allowed them to use her body, then she would receive her money. If she fought them, she would be brutally beaten and receive no money.
Recognizing her need for help, her friend, Tom, helped her establish a very fine private club at her estate. With the money she received from the club games, she begins to build a fine stable of horses for the gentlemen to ride.
When the Marquis de Coeur dies, Anne celebrates with her gentleman. While she will have less money, she is certain her life will be better now.
She couldn’t be more wrong...
Aaron De Coeur bounded off the ship the moment it docked in Calais, France. He waited for neither his steward nor his luggage. Pushing his way through the crowd, he paid no attention to the hands that slyly searched his pockets for something to lift. He had no time to teach pickpockets a lesson.
He flagged a carriage for hire and gave the driver his destination. When the man declared it too far, Aaron offered him five times the going rate. Sensing a desperate customer, the driver refused, demanding even more. Aaron pulled a long-barreled gun from the arm holster hidden beneath his suit jacket and aimed it at the fellow’s head.
The driver’s eyes rounded in fear and sweat beaded upon his brow. “The wage is most generous, sir.”
By the time the majestic castle, with its four ancient guard towers and surrounding stone wall, came into sight, Aaron’s fists were numb from his continual clenching. When they pulled up before the door, Aaron leapt from the carriage. As he pulled out the coins to pay the driver, his focus went to the horses, panting in distress, foam bubbling from their mouths.
The butler, Shaw, hurried down the stone steps. He looked quite severe until he recognized Aaron. “Master Aaron, thank God, you’ve made it in time.”
“My father still lives?”
“Barely. He’s been holding on for you, my boy.”
Aaron placed the coins in Shaw’s hands. “Pay the driver, only after those horses have been watered, fed, and are fit to travel.”
Having no time to waste, Aaron took the steps three at a time. Only one thought filled his head: to speak to his father once more. He rushed through the entry hall, up the grand stairway, down the main hall, and into his father’s bedroom.
Stopping at the door, he stared at his once strong, but now shockingly frail father lying in bed. For a moment, Aaron feared fate had taken his father only seconds before he arrived. He approached the bed and knelt beside the silver haired man. When he discovered the old man’s hand still warm, Aaron sighed with relief.
His father’s eyes opened. “You made it,” the Marquis said in a raspy voice.
Aaron forced a smile upon his face. “I came the moment I received word. Why did you wait so long to write that you were ill?”
“Because you would have abandoned your dreams and come home. I have learned there is a terrible price to pay for stealing the dreams of the young. I would not do it twice.”
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Liza loves to write books. In fact, she has over fifty novels now and she still continues to publish a book a month.
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Ms. O'Connor writes stories with interesting characters. They are human and flawed but are still ones you want to see a happy ending for. No matter what happens to them, they find a way to persevere.
Lady Anne ties into my favorite of Ms. O'Connor's books (Her Sleuth Series). In Lady Anne we meet Jacko, the pirate before he becomes ensnared with Victor and Xavier. It's wonderful to learn more about this fascinating character and his own journey to happiness.
This book will keep you entertained!