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This is both a great lovers-reunion story and a tender childhood romance. Also a rich girl loves poor boy story. The main part of the action takes place in Civil War Memphis, TN, with a long flashback to the protagonists' teenage romance. Mary Ellen Preble and Clayton Knight are childhood friends that fall in love as teenagers; her family separates them - each thinks the other has betrayed their love. Thus when they reunite years later, they're determined not to love each other again. Steamy, intense love scenes; gets a little corny toward the end, but sweet.
Hailed by Romantic Times as "one of passion's leading ladies," bestselling and award-winning author Nan Ryan dishes up a smoldering new Civil War-era romance. A clever deception abruptly ended the young love between Mary Ellen Preble and Clay Knight. But when Captain Knight returned in the blaze of war to seize her Mississippi home, Mary Ellen was once again captivated by a passion stronger than time or loyalty.