Ravenscroft Darkwater Author:Dorothy Eden RAVENSCROFT — Isabella McBride, the appealing heroine of Ravenscroft, is orphaned and homeless when she accepts an offer of marriage from Guy Raven, the dynamic young reform politician of Victorian England. Guy, who has made it clear that theirs will be a marriage "in name only," takes his bride to Ravenscroft, where ev... more »ery room is haunted by the memory of his adored first wife, who died there in childbirth.
Determined to win her husband's love, 'Bella entices him one night to yield to her sensuous beauty. But Guy's desire takes a brutal form that leaves her humiliated, bewildered, and more in love with him than ever -- especially when she learns that she has become pregnant with his child...
"Darkwater" is one of England's vast and ancient estates. Spirited, beautiful Fanny Davenport has been raised there as a poor relation in the family of her Uncle Edgar, the master of Darkwater. Fanny's plans to escape to London are thwarted by the arrival at Darkwater of two young children, the orphaned son and daughter of Edgar Davenport's brother, accompanied by their Chinese nurse and a handsome stranger, Adam Marsh. Almost at once the nurse is brutally murdered, and the shadow of an anonymous killer hovers over every life at Darkwater. All are under suspicion -- even Adam Marsh, the reckless and gallant stranger with whom Fanny fears she is falling in love!« less