By Marjorie Bowen
As the whispered plots turned into the bloody reality of the French Revolution, Anne Morley was torn from the haven of the Chateau de Ste. Claude when its many treasures-not the least of which was the arrogant Madame de Broyes-were targeted by the Citoyens. For the beautiful English servant, all ways across the Channel to home and to her waiting fiance were barred.
As the fires of war flamed higher, Anne saw only two roads open before her: to masquerade as the Countess and attempt to escape across the Spanish border; or to coldly play the part of a courtesan, and pray for protection from the men she favored.
Then her chosen road led her across the path of a man she had known before, the irresistible Belleme.
And Anne learned with painful swiftness the chilling reality of war: to lose her heart could also mean to lose her head!
Born in 1885, Marjorie Bowen (pseudonym of Margaret Gabrielle Vere Campbell Long) was one of Britain’s most prolific authors of the twentieth century. Writing was more than just a hobby: her works were the primary source of financial support for her family. Between 1906 and her death in 1952, Bowen wrote over 150 books, garnering much acclaim for her popular histories and historical and gothic romances. Alongside masterful descriptions and concise, efficient prose, she deftly rendered larger-than-life subjects in the minds of her readers. To this day, aficionados of the genres covet Bowen’s work.