The RakeBook - 1998
Disinherited and disgraced by his libidinous exploits, Reginald Davenport's last chance for his respectability is to claim his place as master of Strickland, his ancestral estate, where he discovers his estate manager is a woman in disguise
Revamping her 1989 novel Would-Be Widow, the author enhances her touching tale of a woman who agrees to marry a dying soldier for very practical reasons, only to face his miraculous recovery and subsequent campaign to win her heart. Original.
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~The RITA winning, all-time classic romance of devastation and redemption. The story was first published as a Signet Super Regency under the title The Rake and the Reformer. With minor revisions, it was published as a Signet historical romance in 1998. This is that historical romance version.~
Known as “the despair of the Davenports,” Reginald Davenport lived a reckless, rakish life while waiting for his hated uncle to die and leave Reggie an earldom. Then the rightful heir claims the title and property and offers Reggie one last chance: Strickland, the estate where he was born and the site of his greatest joys and sorrows. Reggie returns to Strickland, resolving to build a healthier, more honorable life—if he can.
Young Alys Weston fled her home in despair, vowing never to trust another man. Over the years, she’s built a good life with a foster family and a position as steward of Strickland. She uses her skills to help her people, and her initials to convince the elderly earl who owned the state that she’s male.
Then the new owner appears in all his dangerous masculinity and threatens everything Alys holds dear. Good resolutions crumble when two passionate, complicated people are drawn together despite their best judgment. Can love lead to redemption and trust? Or is it too late?
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