This was the worst book I have ever read of Rosemary Rogers.
Story opens in 1892. The main character, Celia, is part English, part Spanish gypsy spent her early years in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka, I believe) on a tea plantation. She is sent to live with her father's aunt and uncle in England after the death of her mother for a "proper" upbring. By 17, she is desperate to return to Ceylon and agrees to marry the man who has been running the plantation since the death of her father. An unexpected codicil to her father's will abruptly sends her to live with his sister for a London season. Her true aunt is kind and gentle to her, unlike those who raised her. Her aunt calls her stepson to join them to be Celia's escort. He begins to fall for her. She meets with gypsies in the country and her first experience with "her people" is disorienting. She forgets about her betrothed in Ceylon but eventually realizes she must go back and tell him she can't marry him. What Celia doesn't know is that her fiancee is not who she thinks he is and he has evil plans for her.
Celia isn't my favorite character but there are lots of twists and turns in the story that will keep you guessing for quite a while.
I enjoyed this book. No one can express passion and true love like Rosemary Rogers.
awesome book kept me on the edge of my seat.
Rosemary Rogers is the queen of historical romance.
An exotic flower from a faraway land, Celia came to London tobecome a proper English rose -- a wide-eyed innocent, newlyawakened by womanhood's kiss...yet burning with a sensuous heatinflamed by gypsy blood. To one she is promised -- a man ofwealth and power and property. Yet another will own her heart.
He is Grant Hamilton, a daring and unpredictable Americanrogue who senses a kindred spirit in the stunning, copper-eyedbeauty whom he has agreed to escort through London'ssocial whirl. Yet Grant is determined to resist his own secretyearnings for the exuisite enchantress. For there isdanger in a love that can know no bounds -- and in a passionthat could only lead to shattering ruin...or ecstasy.
From back of book: An exotic flower from a faraway land, Celia came to London to become a proper English rose-a wide eyed innocent, newly awakened by womanhood's kiss...yet burning with a sensuous heat inflamed by gypsy blood. To one she is promised-a man of wealth and power and property. Yet another will own her heart. He is Grant Hamilton, a daring and unpredictable American rogue who senses a kindred spirit in the stunning copper eyed beauty whom he has agreed to escort through London's social whirl. Yet Grant is determined to resisthis own secret yearnings for the exquisite enchantress. For there is danger in a love that can know no bounds-and in a passion that could only lead to shattering ruin..or ecstasy. ....