sh Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family, and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom, and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But when he arrives, he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance.…
ady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion….
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All of my books get code names as I write them. The code-name I used for Unveiled was Bigamy, for one very simple reason: Margaret’s father was a bigamist, and the story starts when Ash uncovers that bigamy—and thus renders Margaret a bastard, destroying her life.
What’s this about bastards not being able to inherit, even if they’re legitimized?
Bastards legitimized through canon law can’t inherit. It’s different if you’re seeking legitimization through Act of Parliament. Remember that Parliament has done a lot of things in English history, like changing the country’s religion a few times. If it wanted to, it could declare an heir legitimate.
But would Parliament want to?
Read the book and you’ll find out! I will say that neither of our point-of-view characters, Margaret and Ash, are particularly legally sophisticated. But there is a reason why Ash is spending the summer before Parliament votes on a country estate, arguing with his brother, while Richard Dalrymple is off working for votes.
Will we see Mark’s brothers again?
What are Smite and Mark’s full names?
You’ll have to read their books to find out!
What happened to Mark and Smite when Ash was in India?
You’ll have to read their books to find out.
How did Ash make his fortune in India?
The details ended up getting deleted from the book—there was already so much backstory to fit in, I couldn’t make it work. The short answer, though, is that Ash, who went over at first to work as hired muscle for another Englishman, worked very hard to learn the local languages. He saved his salary and began to make small side deals on his own. He got a reputation fairly quickly as being someone who was fair, and who didn’t dismiss the people who were there as savages, and this gave him a competitive advantage in trade.
What happened to Laurette?
He released her into the wild, where she lived a long and happy life. She still misses Ash, though. I imagine if Ash ever went back to India and found her, their reunion would look like this.