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Claire Willoughby is a very wealthy American heiress, worth about 10M.Her parents have taken her and her younger sister to London for a season where Claire meets Harry Montgomery, Duke of MacArran. Harry has been sent to London to find the American heiress and make her fall in love with him. He succeeds, proposes marriage, and takes Claire back to Scotland to be his Duchess. At Bramley, Harry's castle, she meets Trevelyan whom she believes is a cousin of Harry's who is recovering from a serious illness and whose presence at Bramley is a secret. She and Trevelyn become close and the secrets he carries with him overcome her curiosity. She soon discovers that he is the famous explorer, Captain Frank Baker. He has other secrets that he keeps from her though.
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Claire soon discovers that she and Harry have nothing in common. For the most part he ignores her. Harry's mother enters into a power struggle with her. Trevelyn talks to her and befriends her and she falls in love with him.

Trevelyn has many secrets. Why is he at Bramley, why do all who see him treat him such such respect, who are his parents, why does he view life from the sidelines and how does he know so much about life at Bramley? Harry's mother has her secrets too. Why is Harry the only child she dotes upon and how did she become a cripple just to name a few. Everyone at Bramley is eccentric in the extreme. They are all lazy and with no direction. All of this drives Claire to frustration. Will she marry where he heart lies or will she do her duty by her family?
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In this novel a young heiress, Claire Willoughby, has traveled from New York to Scotland to find a husband so she can come into her inheritance, thereby giving her the ability to care for her family.
    In London, she meets the Duke of MacArran, Harry Montgomery, who has been sent by his dictator of a mother to woo and marry the heiress. Claire, a great lover of scottish history, is fascinated by Harry, especially his scottish castle and fancies herself in love, so she agrees to marry him.
    Upon arriving at the scottish castle, Bramley, she finds an ill man, who is actually the her favorite author/explorer, Frank Baker, but in real life he is Vellie, the true Duke. Claire finds herself falling for Vellie, and discovering her feelings for Harry were not what they once were.
   Throughout the story, we find the two lead characters on a voyage of discovery about themselves, which allows the reader a refreshingly unpredicatable romance.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one women--two brothers If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   explorer Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   a teen Profession/status:    -   wealthy Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   mature Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her

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