Baker & Taylor
Banished from her home by her vindictive grandfather, Prudence Allbright makes a perilous voyage to the American colonies in search of her beloved, but along the way, she is forced to seek refuge with Ross Manning, a widowed ship's surgeon
Blackwell North Amer
The ring. It was the symbol of all Prudence Allbright's hope - and proof that her beloved Jamie, the charming young viscount Lord Hartley - did indeed intend to return and marry her. But how would he find her? Banished from her home in the Cotswolds by her pious and vindictive grandfather, Prudence's only hope is to make her way to the Colonies and find Jamie. It is this wrenching dilemma that brings the innocent young Englishwoman to the London docks to mingle with the whores and doxies, selling trinkets and ribbons to earn her passage.
But it is accident, not enterprise, that lands Prudence aboard a British man-o-war en route to Virginia. And within hours, one ring has been exchanged for another. Caught between the lecherous gaze of a cruel sea captain and the cool appraisal of the ship's surgeon, she has little choice but to accept the widower's ring and pose as the wife of Dr. Ross Manning.
Her search is daring, desperate, but doomed to failure. The long voyage forges deep bonds between Ross and Prudence. Yet even as she clings to Ross's loving support and dazzles colonial society with her ripening beauty, she cannot let go of her illusions and secrets, convinced that only Jamie can restore her happiness.
Back in the Cotswolds of England, all secrets will be exposed to the harsh light of day and every illusion shattered, as Prudence faces the shocking, uncompromising truth. She must come a hairsbreadth from losing life itself to fully grasp the treasure that has been found, to seize the answer to all her dreams and longings and, finally, to embrace a love founded on the deepest trust...a love meant to last for all time.
Banished from her home by her vindictive grandfather, Prudence Allbright makes a perilous voyage to the American colonies in search of her beloved, but along the way, she is forced to seek refuge with Ross Manning, a widowed ship's surgeon.
New York : Kensington, c1996.
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342 p. ; 24 cm.