Victoria Malvey, the exquisitely talented author of "A Merry Chase, Temptress, Enchanted, " and "Portrait of Dreams, " takes her readers once again to Victorian England, where a defiant lord and a daring lady struggle to forge a new destiny...together. Lady Alyssa Porter refuses to leave the future to chance. Determined to provide for her younger ...
Victoria Malvey, the exquisitely talented author of "A Merry Chase, Temptress, Enchanted, " and "Portrait of Dreams, " takes her readers once again to Victorian England, where a defiant lord and a daring lady struggle to forge a new destiny...together. Lady Alyssa Porter refuses to leave the future to chance. Determined to provide for her younger sister after the death of their parents, she conceives a most ingenious -- if somewhat shocking -- plan. Soon the exotic beauty is masquerading as Zora, gypsy fortune-teller extraordinaire. Before long, using intuition, wit, and a flair for high drama, she is the latest darling of the town, invited to the finest of homes and introduced to the most interesting of men. Intrigued by tales of the mysterious gypsy, Mr. Ian Fortune is amused by her audacity as she spins beguiling tales for enthralled lords and ladies. Certain that Zora is neither gypsy nor seer, he is nonetheless enchanted by her bold ruse, though he wonders if others will take the deception so lightly. Drawn to her vibrant beauty, he vows to win her confidence and learn her secrets. For even the most fiercely independent female sometimes yields to the pleasures of a man's protection. And though this lady may not hold the future in her hands, she does hold the key to his heart.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-11-13 Set among the intrigues, passions and alliances of London society in 1835, Malvey's (A Merry Chase) newest presents a recently down-on-her-luck gentlewoman named Lady Alyssa Porter posing as Madam Zora, a Gypsy fortune-teller who has become the most sought after entertainer-for-hire at the stylish parties of the social set. Recently orphaned, Alyssa and her younger sister, Calla, are banished from their life of ease by their unscrupulous cousin and heir to the family estate. Proud, resourceful and determined to support her 14-year-old sisterDwho she hopes will one day be able to make her social debutDAlyssa, under the guise of Madam Zora, clashes with the aptly named Ian Fortune, a self-made businessman and adviser to the titled who, as the disenfranchised grandson of a duke, is, like Alyssa, equally determined to be beholden to no one. After Alyssa's cavalier "advice" encourages Ian's friend to make a bad investment, Ian is determined to discredit the elusive and alluring Madam Zora, only to find himself entangled in a lighthearted series of complications, leading, of course, to he and Alyssa falling in love. Although the couple's battles become repetitious toward the end and only stubbornness ultimately keeps them apart, readers will forgive the few flaws in this energetic and amusing tale, perfectly suited to fans of Regency romances. (Dec. 11) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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