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Rebecca, Lady Cardwell, is devastated by the death of her husband Julian during the Crimean War. But Julian's foster brother and closest friend, Lord David Tavistock, proposes marriage. Even though Rebecca thinks David is a scoundrel and a rake who fathered an illegitimate child, she agrees because Julian's death leaves her destitute.
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What Rebecca does not know is that David has always loved Rebecca and has always covered up and accepted the blame for Julian's misdeeds, including Julian's illegitimate child, in order to preserve Rebecca's image of Julian as a kind and good husband. So, David also does not tell her of Julian's constant cheating or that Julian was killed in a duel over a married woman he was having an affair with. Instead, he tries to win Rebecca by being a faithful loving husband despite her mistaken belief in his character.

Rebecca is torn by the two images she has of David. He seems to be such a good man, everything a woman could want in a husband and his lovemaking is better than she experienced with Julian, the man she loved. But she cannot forget all the bad things that David had done in the past and cannot admit she is falling in love with David. But the wronged husband of the woman that Julian was having an affair with shows up to confront Rebecca and the secrets begin to spill out.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past traitorous lover

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   homemaker Effect of sexing    -   confused


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   80% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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