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The Duke's Surprise

Where has Lord Clifton been all these years? Who is the mysterious French woman arriving at Clifton Hall in search of the old Duke - and why does the new Duke seem unable to turn her away?

 

This novel picks up three years after the events in Her Gypsy Lover.

 

Since the restoration of peace in France, Lord Major Roger Clifton prefers Paris to London, and his demi-mondaine to his English mistresses – for good reason. However, on the death of his father, Roger is forced to return to England to take up his ducal title and management of his Clifton estates.

 

All goes to plan... until a mysterious French girl appears at the servants’ entrance to Clifton Hall, claiming to have been promised assistance from his father. Roger cannot contain the scandal. The girl brings with her a child, and a claim on the Clifton’s largesse – yet no one has ever met her before.

 

Nor, it seems, can the new Duke deny her anything. Just who is she? And why does she haunt him so? With both his brother and sister determined to learn the truth, the new Duke of Carston is in for one of the most uncomfortable family reunions of his life.

 

Roger, however, has just one question: who is the child’s father?

Tempting . . .

‘If you want my help you must tell me the truth about your child.’ Roger’s eyes do not flicker.

Christina opens her lips but she cannot speak. She dares not utter a single sound because she wants to tell him. So much. His power over her is palpable, but her promise was given a long time ago and she will not break it. Not even for him.

‘I am afraid I must insist.’ Roger holds his ground like the soldier he is. Suspicion flickers in his heart . . . a dream he hardly dares credit. Could it be?

Non. I cannot say it.’ Christina shakes her head, staring back, so firm and so still and Roger reads the message in her gaze.

The Duke’s jade eyes glisten with emotion.

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