Counterfeit Lady Author:Jude Deveraux The horrors of the French Revolution and life on a lush Virginia plantation come alive in this dazzling novel of mistaken identify and true love. — After witnessing the violent deaths of her family, beautiful, tempestuous Nicole Courtalian flees France for England. Forced into service to the demanding, selfish Bianca Maleson, Nicole lives for th... more »e day she can escape her drudgery. But her dream of freedom is shattered when she is mistaken for Bianca, kidnapped, and cast aboard a ship bound for America. At sea, Nicole is married by proxy to Bianca's American fiance, Clayton Armstrong.
Face to face with her impatient captor, Nicole is struck by his lean masculinity and rugged face, yet his arrogant refusal to believe the truth about her erroneous kidnapping ignites her fury. She begrudgingly agrees to live on his plantation until their marriage can be annulled. At first they avoid each other...yet this sardonic man with the pieracing blue eyes that hint at some secret sadness intrigues Nicole. Clayton, too, finds it more and more difficult to stay away from this enchanting and sensual French beauty. One night their self-contrl gives way to a raging desire.
Then Bianca arrives from England to claim Clayton...and Nicole can't understand why this grasping woman so bewitches him. Devastated and heartbroken by his obsession with Bianca, Nicole sadly departs and throws all of her passion into becoming a prosperous merchant, finally achieving her cherished independence. But how can she forget the love they once shared...how can she ever hope to claim him for herself, when Bianca will do anything in her power to hold onto the Armstrong wealth - even commit murder?« less