Joanna Sherwood had been hopelessly in love with Adrian Delacourt before he accused her of unfaithfulness and divorced her. Adrian's best friend saved Joanna by marrying her, but when she returned a widow, she learned that her name was still tarnished--and that she still loved Adrian.
An absolutely wonderful storyline. Anita Mills has tenderly written the story with poignance. The tale of three childhood friends tangled in the web of deceit. The primary plot -- the evilness of one monstrous woman and the dramatic effect it yielded.
Helen Delacourt, the Dowager Duchess of Roxbury, so despised Joanna Milford, her son's precious wife, she created a means to get rid of her. This malicious woman accused the innocent Joanna of adultery -- a heinous crime in Regency England -- the misconduct of adultery with their childhood friend, Gareth Sherwood, Earl of Carew. Sadly within a year of her marriage, Joanna stood mute, judicially tried, scandalously divorced, and driven from England.
Six years pass, Joanna is a widow and must return to England. She longs to give her two sons English heritage. Visiting the haunts of her youth Joanna unexpectedly encounters her first husband, Adrian Delacourt, the Duke of Roxbury. Shockingly, Adrian realizes he has never gotten over his first and only love, despite her suspected betrayal. Even more astounding; Joanna has her eldest son walking with her. One look at the boy and the duke understands he lost far more than a wife and a friend six years earlier. He also lost his son -- his heir.
One of the best books that I've read all year.
I wish I had Joanna's Mother in law the 2nd one not the 1st one, although I still have one like her.
What a beautifully written story, you can surely feel for all the characters. A very good read.