By Nora Fountain
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Published: Nov. 04, 2011
Words: 108,726 (approximate)
Fate brings together Henry Lord Downham and the lovely Marie-Isabel in Paris at the height of the 1848 revolution. The idyll that follows is cut short when Fate again intervenes, leaving Marie vulnerable to the machinations of a spiteful maid. She swaps Marie’s healthy newborn son, the Blackthorn Child, for her own dead child. Who will now inherit? Will the truth come out? Will it be too late?
Henry, Lord Downham, and his French wife, Marie-Isabel, have everything except an heir. Henry adores their first-born daughter but longs for a son. Their second child is almost due when Marie-Isabel takes a fateful trip alone into the woods she loves. Caught in a snowstorm and in labour, she takes refuge in Betsy Sweetapple’s cottage. Betsy was dismissed by Henry for immoral behaviour. Now Betsy has given birth to a stillborn daughter. Impassively she watches Marie-Isabel die, giving birth to a strong, healthy son. Seeing a chance to avenge imagined wrongs, she swaps babies. Julian, the blackthorn child, is eventually rescued from a hellish childhood but the estate has been vested in his sister’s line. The whole truth only emerges on Betsy’s death-bed. Can the estate ever be restored to its rightful owner?
, family saga
, womens fiction
, historical romance
, romance adult fiction
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