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The Rival

The Rival

Brenda Joyce

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Amidst whispers of treachery and murder, the Stanhope heir vanishes without a trace...

After Lionel De Vere's mysterious disappearance, Garrick De Vere becomes heir to an estate shrouded in scandal. Blackmailed by his powerful father into returning to England after a decade-long exile, Garrick finds himself forced into confronting the past and defending his innocence against those who wished to see him banished forever.

She dared to love the man all of London hated...

Lady Olivia Grey and her daughter both possess the shattering "gift" of sight, and it is this vision which drives Olivia from a loveless marriage directly into the heart of a bitter rivalry between two brothers, placing both herself and her daughter in jeopardy-as lies, secrets and ancient passions threaten to destroy everyone involved.

The were strangers and outcasts, thrown together by a past that would not die. Together they fought to expose a legacy of deceit and claim the love that defied their entire world.

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Rival, The

PART ONE
The Return
CHAPTER ONE
ASHBURNHAM, WEST SUSSEX, 1760


She stood outside in the shadows cast by the moonembraced clouds, reluctant to go into the house. It was a pleasantly...

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“Fabulous dark Gothic overtones, complex plotting and intricately drawn characters blend perfectly with deep sensuality and intense emotions to carry this masterful romance forward.... Another stunning achievement from a writer of depth, emotion and remarkable talent.” —RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

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Brenda Joyce

Brenda Joyce is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 22 novels. She divides her time between New York City and Colorado.

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