Lord of Ravensley Author:Constance Heaven Set against the deep, haunting mists of the English fens, here is a shimmering tale of love and betrayal, of ambition and revenge. For Alyne, a golden-haired beauty rescued in infancy from the murky waters of the fens by the Lord of Ravensley, all that matters is survival--as mistress of that grand estate, married to whichever man bears its ill... more »ustrious title. So when she learns that her betrothed, Oliver Aylsham, is to be supplanted as Lord of Ravensley by his long-departed Uncle Justin, unexpectedly arrived from India, Alyne cruelly deserts Oliver for the coldly dispassionate new heir.
Fleeing Ravensley and its bitter memories, Oliver finds solace and sweet compassion in the arms of Clarissa, and returns with his bride to supervise the draining of the fens--only to watch helplessly as the fragile land collapses, sending Justin to a watery grave. Peasant upheavals and the arrival of an unexpected visitor shed light on Justin's hasty departure twenty years before and the mystery surrounding Alyne's birth. But not until Oliver and Clarissa can triumph over the cunning calculations of Alyne--and her tenacious claim to Ravensley--can the young couple begin to call happiness their own.« less