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This wonderful book was the last from the lady and I mean that in the highest regard of the word of Romance herself Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. Some consider Woodiwiss the mother of the modern day romantic novel genre. And when reading her books it is easy to see why. A masterful storyteller who will be remembered and sorely missed as this year saw her passing in early July from cancer. Her publisher said "Everlasting is Kathleen's final gift to her fans," And for that reason alone this is one to remember and cherish.

Abrielle is a beautiful strong and the object of pursuit by countless noblemen. But when a cruel twist of fate lands her and her family at the door of ruination financially, it seems the only choice left to her is to marry an odious and grotesque blaggard who's fortune could save her family's good name.

And yet from the moment her eyes meet those of a braw and handsome Scotsmen named Raven Seaburn her rebellious heart yearns for something that can never be. Raven Seaburn knew from the moment he saw her that he would do all within his power to make her his for all time. But how can he have her when it seems she is already promised to another. Will fate allow them a path to each other's arms or will it drive a wedge so firmly between them that it can have no hope of ever being breeched.

Everlasting is a wonderful historical with memorable characters and a plot that will have you guessing to the end.

Book Blurb for Everlasting

Historical romance was born when the remarkable Kathleen E. Woodiwiss gifted the world with her groundbreaking love story, The Flame and the Flower. Now, twelve consecutive New York Times bestsellers later, "the first lady of the genre" (Publishers Weekly) returns with her most breathtaking masterwork to date-a glorious celebration of a secret love that is dangerous, irresistible, forbidden, and . . .

Once, Abrielle's name was on the lips of every unwed nobleman in London as a proud exceptional lady coveted for her bearing, her breeding, her wit, and her beauty.

But when her stepfather-respected for his courage and valor during the Crusades-is denied his rightful title and the wealth that accompanies it, Abrielle finds herself suddenly disgraced, no longer a suitable match for any proper gentleman. Only one would still have her, though he desires no more than physical pleasure: the oafish and grotesque Desmond de Marl‚. His dark and scandalous reputation is legend, and Abrielle has heard rumors that his first two wives perished by his hand. Yet no one else can rescue her once-proud family's honor and keep her stepfather from debtor's prison, so she is left with no choice but to accept the cruel and hateful de Marl‚'s offer of marriage and sacrifice her virtue to a scoundrel she fears and detests . . . even as she yearns for another lover.

Dashing, handsome, tall, and kind-a black-haired Scotsman with vivid blue eyes-Raven Seabern is an emissary for his king, and quite unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered. From the very first moment their eyes meet, he intrigues and mesmerizes her-and dancing in hisarms at a royal banquet leaves her weak with the desire to surrender. But their love can never be, for Abrielle is betrothed to a monster. And the well-being of everyone she cares for demands that she honor her promise. Still, the fire lit that night will not be doused. Raven knows he has found the true one and must never let her go-though secrets, deceptions, dishonor, and unimaginable peril will surely be their fate if they follow the dictates of their hearts.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2007 4.25