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Monday, October 27, 2014

Spies and sighs!


Madeleine's Christmas Wish (The Marriage Game) by Ella Quinn

An enjoyable love story where the action is confounded by the past and confused by the future.
Madeline, Comtesse du Beaune has been running the family vineyard. The lands are far enough away from Paris that that the family has escaped the fate normally held for the aristocracy. Fortunately her father had declared for the revolution. Now Madeleine's father is dead and her brother is missing. Napoleons's star has waned and Louis is on the throne. Madeleine is abducted and forced into agreeing to work in an English brothel as a spy. This is the price she must pay in order to leave her sister and mother unharmed. But with the black hearted Citizen Coupe having devised her downfall nothing is guaranteed.
French spy, George's, Marquis Cruzy-le-Ch√Ęte, a companion from Madeline's childhood fortuitously has business on the beach the night Madeline disembarked on the Dover coastline. Fate lends a hand and paths cross for these two, whose families had decreed their future years earlier. Will the past forge a brighter future in togetherness?
Filled with just enough twists and turns to add the right amount of intrigue and romance.

A NetGalley ARC

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