The Mysterious Merriana
A Regency romance
On his way to France to extract an English agent, Justin Foster, Earl of Cardleigh, stops overnight at his favorite country inn, only to discover a mysterious female in the kitchen. This gorgeous woman claims to be the daughter of an English farmer, but she cooks like a French chef and sings French songs like a native of that land. When Justin learns that the agent who was supposed to travel with him has been mysteriously disabled, he insists the female accompany him to France and serve as his guide.
Having recently arrived in England on a smuggler’s boat, Merriana de Mérchan has no desire to return to France, but the distrustful Earl of Cardleigh, who assumes she is a French agent, gives her no choice. Although aware that she presents a suspicious image, she dare not attempt to tell him the full truth for fear of an unknown enemy who seemingly wants her dead.
As Justin and Merriana struggle toward opposing goals, the attraction they feel keeps drawing them closer. The question becomes, can they trust each other long enough for love to triumph?
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The Mysterious Merriana has secrets, and so do the other characters in this fresh Regency romance. Characters are charming, devious, courageous, amusing and strong. Misunderstandings, growing attraction and loss span across a backdrop of British/French political intrigue, with surprising turns and a most satisfactory conclusion. On a technical note, the research is both thorough and unobtrusive. This reader wants more stories from this author!
The Mysterious Merriana was a finalist in the 2017 International Digital Awards, taking 5th place in the historical category.