Title: The Wicked Sister
Author: Virginia Barlow
Genre: Historical Romance
With her stepfather's sudden death, Lady Anastasia Covington goes from living a privileged lifestyle to selling vegetables in the village marketplace in the blink of an eye. Alone and at the mercy of her nefarious stepsister, she yearns for love and acceptance. Disguised as a simple soldier, Prince Percival catches a dark-haired emerald-eyed beauty in his arms. He is bewitched. The more he sees her, the more intrigued he is by her contradictions. Forced to keep his identity a secret, he must somehow convince Lady Anastasia he is the right man for her. But time is running out. Lady Anastasia's mother is determined to find a proper suitor and see her wed –and someone wants her dead.
Very gently his hands cupped her face. Carefully, he wiped away the lone tear that escaped with the pad of his thumb. “Anastasia.” His voice was gentle.
So, he remembers my name! She looked into his eyes, caught by the heat radiating there. Anastasia grabbed the front of his tunic to steady herself.
“Do you cry because of my jest?” he asked softly, placing his large warm hands over hers.
She shook her head.
“Then why? Tell me, little one, and I will solve this problem of yours.”
Anastasia took a deep breath to steady the racing of her heart. Why did this man unsettle her with one look into his eyes? “You do not want me to tell you about my problems.” Anastasia began to turn away, but Val stopped her again.
He tipped her face up to his and placed a gentle kiss against her lips. “Oh, but I do,” he whispered into her ear. “I want to learn all about you. Every one of your secrets, your thoughts, your feelings, I want to hear. And your problems? These especially do I want to hear. I cannot solve problems I do not know about, can I?”
He whispered his words a breath above her lips.
She shivered all the way down to the soles of her feet.
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This book will take you back to time when fairy tales were real. A handsome prince in disguise catches a damsel in distress. There is drama, intrigue and murder followed by a happily ever after. A classic fairy tale as you have never read before. There is plenty of action to keep you turning pages.
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