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By Meredith Duran
"*In a debut romance as passionate and sweeping because the British Empire, Meredith Duran paints a strong photo of an aristocrat torn among worlds, an heiress who dares to hazard everything...and the affection born in hearth and darkness that just about destroys them.*
*From unique sandstone palaces...*
Sick of tragedy, performed with uprising, Emmaline Martin vows to settle quietly into British Indian society. but if the pillars of privilege topple, her fiancé's betrayal leaves Emma no selection. She needs to flip for support to the single guy whom she are not belief, yet can't face up to: Julian Sinclair, the harmful and fabulous inheritor to the Duke of Auburn.
*To the marble halls of London...*
In London, they toast Sinclair with champagne. In India, they name him a traitor. Cynical and impatient with either worlds, Julian hasn't ever imagined that where he could belong is within the include of a lady with a reluctant chuckle and haunted eyes. yet in a time of bad darkness, he and Emma will notice that love itself will be perilous -- and unmarried selection can modify one's lifestyles ceaselessly.
*Destiny follows anyplace you run.*
A life of grief later, in a chilly London spring, Emma and Julian needs to eventually confront the reality: irrespective of how not easy one attempts to disclaim it, a few pasts can't be disowned...and a few passions by no means die.
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The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran