Come Love a Stranger

By Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

A lady without identify and no memory...The males who declare her:one with love, the opposite with fear...A marvelous story of mystery passions--and a love tragically misplaced and miraculously reborn--by the incomparable storyteller.

Mere days after Ashton Wingate's marriage ceremony to the enthralling Lierin, capricious destiny stole the Mississippi plantation owner's loved from him. Now, 3 years later, his carriage has collided with a cloaked rider on horseback: a lady who bears an uncanny resemblance to the younger bride who was once swallowed up via the cruel river.

She awakens from unconsciousness in his impressive domestic without reminiscence of who she is. but the tenderness of this noble, being concerned stranger who lovingly calls her "Lierin" quickly captures her middle and inflames her with short of. Then one other enters their lives, threatening to damage the happiness they've got rediscovered in each one other's arms--the darkish and hazardous Malcolm Sinclair, who claims the enigmatic attractiveness is, in truth, his personal spouse, Lenore. yet Ashton has sworn that he'll now not lose his loved one a moment time, and he'll chance any peril to maintain their newfound joy--no topic what the unremembered secrets and techniques of his lady's earlier eventually reveal.


With no identify and no reminiscence, she awakens from a nightmare of insanity into the lives of 2 stranger. One she wishes, one she fears--but either have claimed her heart.

To good-looking plantation proprietor Ashton Wingate, she is Lierin--the adored bride cruelly stolen from him through capricious destiny. the opposite calls her Lenore--entangling the misplaced, tormented good looks in his sinister net of perilous deceit. however it is within the adoring palms of noble Ashton that her actual future awaits--as they sign up for jointly to free up the mysteries of a shadowed previous. . .and to re-ignite the flames of an excellent love as soon as vanished yet by no means forgotten.

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