"My favorite is “A Marquis for Marianne” by Catherine Bilson. Marianne and Alexander promise themselves to each other just before he heads off to war, but many years later she’s now widowed after marrying another, and he’s back from the war, scarred physically from battle and emotionally from Marianne’s betrayal. The truth is far more complex than he realizes, however, and their path back to each other was oh-so-romantic even while it was heartbreaking." Viper Spaulding, Goodreads reviewer.
Relieved widow Marianne has vowed never to let a man have power over her again after surviving a hellish marriage. Determed to maintain her independence, she refuses to let her scheming nephew turn her into an unpaid governess for his daughters and takes refuge with Ellen, Countess of Havers, at the countess’s first house party.
Alexander Rotherhithe, Marquis of Glenkellie, never stopped loving Marianne despite the way she broke his heart by marrying another man. Finding her available again and setting her traps for more unwary young men, his anger flares - until he finds out the truth about Marianne’s marriage.
Can Alexander accept the truth that she never intended to betray him - and can Marianne look past her fear and dare to love again?
A Marquis for Marianne is the second book in the Blushing Brides series after An Earl for Ellen, but can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.