Kate Croston hid her beauty behind a quiet manner. But from the start, Master Jonathan Penrose knew she had touched his heart.
He knew little about her past--only that she was English and had fled to America and was now alone and penniless. She had told him nothing of the ugly, terrifying experience that had brought her here.
When Jonathan offered her the position as companion to his beautiful, but emotionally disturbed little daughter, he had not anticipated the anger of his elegant and haughty wife.
Kate, however, was prepared for the jealousy of Mistress Penrose. But she was not prepared for the nightmare that had haunted her to rise up once more to threaten the happiness of them all... .
UK Hardcover Edition:
Escapism? perhaps. Entetertainment? certainly. In her new nove, Jane Aiken Hodge tells the adventurous tale of an English girl in the war-torn America of 1812. The story opens as the Americans sack the English capital of Canada. Accused of truce-breaking, Kate Croston is in danger of death when she is rescued by an American civilian, Jonathan Penrose. Fleeing from a mysterious shadowed past, Kate jumps at the chance of going to America to look after Jonathan's problem child Sarah, whose past, too, holds its secret. Only Jonathan has his doubts. Is he wise to defy his passionate wife Arabella, and leave Kate in sole charge of tragic little Sarah? With the appearance of the handsome Englishman, Captain Manningham, Kate's story (and Sarah's) takes a strange new turn to reach its dramatic climax on the night the English capture Washington.
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