Richard and Victoria want nothing more than to be together. There are many obstacles in their path though, a greedy father, a jealous friend. Victoria is sold to repay her father’s debts, and he won’t listen to her plea’s that Robert can help him. Richard is devastated to learn that Victoria is marrying so swiftly, and begins to think that she plotted against marrying him all along. After six years he returns to England when his father is dying. He learns that Victoria has been widowed, and is in dire straits. He begins planning his revenge against her for breaking his heart all those years ago. Victoria lets him believe what he will, to spare him what she went through, and because she was embarrassed by what happened as well.
This was a wonderfully told story about two young lovers whose innocence is lost by a couple of cruel twists of fate. I absolutely loved the rich historical details the author used. They make the story fresh and a joy to read and set it apart from other historical romances. Ms. Addams used several terms that were in use then, some of which I was familiar with, some not, but it added believability to the tale. I just wish there was a glossary at the end, explaining the terms, especially the ones I wasn’t familiar with. I think I managed to come close to the meanings, but it would’ve been nice to be sure.
In 1807, idealistic Richard Fanshaw and Victoria Bramhill are consumed with each other, their young love blooming amidst a series of carefree soirees and stolen moments. But jealousy and greed turn what they have into something ugly and twisted. They're wrenched apart by vile lies and deceit when Victoria's freedom is sold to pay her father's debts. Six years later, Victoria is a widowed and a cynical Richard has just returned to England after years in India. Having been given the impression that Victoria's marriage was a happy one, a chance meeting renews Richard's anger over Victoria's betrayal and sets in motion his plan for revenge.