Marry in Secret
In beloved Australian author Anne Gracie's Marry in Secret, third in the Marriage of Convenience series, Lady Rose Rutherford has believed for five years that her husband is dead. Secretly married at 16 and widowed only weeks later when Naval Officer Thomas Beresford was lost at sea, Rose has locked her heart away all these years. She is determined never to love again but dearly wants children, so she agrees to a practical marriage with a duke. As she is about to take her vows, a bearded, ragged man bursts into the church and stops the wedding. Thomas has returned, and the uproar he causes at the society event is nothing compared to the chaos he creates in Rose's family and in her heart. Rose is determined to claim Thomas as her own, but he has secrets he doesn't want to share, obligations to his former shipmates and a mystery to unravel at home.
Thomas and Rose have each suffered in the years apart and are not the idealistic young couple they once were. They've grown stronger and more resilient, however, and the affection and passion that once bonded them burns just as bright, despite their emotional scars. Unfortunately, just when their marriage seems to have reached an understanding, an unknown enemy launches a dangerous attack. The threat to their lives is followed by unexpected and stunning news for Thomas, and the couple will have to rely on the strength of their love if they are to survive.
A well plotted, richly emotional and delightful read, this Regency novel brims with wonderful characters and romance. --Lois Faye Dyer, writer and reviewer