Millions of fans agree with Romantic Times when it praises Cathy Maxwell for being an author 'who understands the human heart and whose stories touch our souls.' Her novels are filled with dashing, daring characters, yet their desires are universal. Brenn Owen, the new but impoverished Earl of Merton, is looking for a bride--one rich enough to finance his estate. When he meets Tess Hamlin, he sees a woman who is not only wealthy, but a dazzling beauty as well. To his surprise, Tess quickly accepts his proposal. But behind her eagerness lurks a secret she will do anything to hide from him. As the Earl and his bride begin their life together, their path is a passionate one, but far from smooth--haste must give way to patience and understanding. Virginia Leishman's narration heightens the drama of each colorful exchange between the lovers.