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Heiress in Love

The Ministry of Marriage (Volume 1)

Christina Brooke

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When the Ministry of Marriage arranges a match, all that matters is power, wealth and prestige. In the business of marriage, there is no room for love. But even the most prudent plans can go awry…

 

Jane, Lady Roxdale, has endured one marriage of convenience decreed by the Ministry of Marriage. While she deeply regrets her late husband’s death, she is relieved to be free at last. But when a dissolute rake threatens everything Jane holds dear, she must contemplate marrying a second time…

Disgraced libertine Constantine Black inherits his cousin Roxdale’s land and title—while Roxdale’s prim widow is left all the wealth. Constantine is not a marrying man, but wedding Jane is the only way to save the estate from ruin. Jane resists the smoldering heat between them, desperate not to fall in love with an unrepentant rake. But for the first time ever, Constantine wants more than seduction. He wants all of her—body, heart, and soul…

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CHAPTER ONE
 

THE COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND, SPRING, 1814

The newly widowed Jane, Lady Roxdale, stood at the window of her private sitting room, staring out at the scene below.
Carriage upon carriage, some draped in black crêpe, some emblazoned with noble coats of arms, choked the rush-strewn drive that wound up to the house. Like a train of shiny black beetles, they shuffled between ornate wrought-iron gates, marched through an avenue of oaks, then paused beneath the portico to disgorge mourners.
Their pace was slow, respectful, inexorable. And Jane could not wait for
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Praise for Heiress in Love

"Brooke puts her own clever twist on the classic marriage of convenience plot, and the result is an elegantly written, subtly nuanced romance."--Chigaco Tribune

"With this delightful debut Brooke demonstrates her ability for creating a charming cast of characters who are the perfect players in the first of the Ministry of Marriage series. Marriage-of-convenience fans will rejoice and take pleasure in this enchanting read."--RT Book Reviews

“Clever, lush and lovely---an amazing debut!”—Suzanne Enoch, New York Times bestselling author

“…Each scene is more sensual and passionate than the last.”—Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

“Riveting tale of life, loss, convenience, and heart wrenching love! Superbly written!”Fresh Fiction

“A delightful confection of secrets and seduction, HEIRESS IN LOVE will have readers craving more!”--Tracy Anne Warren

“One of the most compelling heroes I’ve read in years”-- Anna Campbell

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Christina Brooke

  • Christina Brooke is a former lawyer who staged a brilliant escape from the corporate world and landed squarely in Regency England. She lives in Australia with her husband, two sons and an ancient Great Dane cross called Monty. Christina loves travel, window-shopping in antique stores, pink champagne and fine Swiss chocolate. She especially loves hearing from readers.
  • Christina Brooke
    Christina Brooke
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    The Ministry of Marriage

    Christina Brooke

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