Darroch's Promise by Mave Priestley
Approx. 103,460 words.
Published on April 1, 2013.
Carissa, discovered on the death of her father, that she and her siblings could lose everything. Choice: marry a stranger, or she, and her siblings faced ejection and near-destitution.
She despaired: only days before her father's death she'd refused a proposal of marriage from the man she really loved: Raulo Darroch. No words of love passed his lips.
He'd vanished! He'd promised to return. When?