I totally adored and loved this book! Amazing 10 stars!! And what happens to Lady Phillipa and Mary at the end??? OMG, Epic awesome ending! :)
Anne is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl and has to play maid to the Earl's real wife, Lady Phillipa and daughter, Mary, so that there won't be any discord in the Earl's home.
Lady Phillipa is cruel though, and doesn't miss an opportunity to be unbearable to her husband's leman and their illegitimate children - even though the Earl tells Phillipa he'll give up his leman and children if his wife agrees to give him a son. Phillipa refuses as she nearly died giving birth to Mary and won't ever go through another birth again.
So Phillipa tolerates her husband's leman and is the picture of tyranny until one day her husband marries his daughter, Mary by proxy, to his Scottish neighbor, Brodick McJames pledging a great dowry as well. Phillipa won't have this and refuses to let her spoiled daughter experience the horrors or child birth. So, instead of giving her daughter Mary, to a brute, she switches Mary with her husband's bastard daughter, Anne.
She instructs Anne that she's to go to Scotland and be with Brodick and return when she's with child. If Anne should refuse, Phillipa threatens to put out all her family from her home and accuse them of stealing and taking them to jail.
Anne agrees and feels horrible that she living a lie. Once she is with child, she's to return to her family and then Mary would switch places with her and go back to Scotland with the new babe in arms - thus avoiding giving birth.
Anne can't believe the far fetched scheme as she and Mary don't look anything alike, but she's forced into action by the devilish Phillipa who is taking advantage that her husband is out of town and she's in charge.
Anne tries her damnedest to keep Brodick from consummating the marriage, but soon finds that she can't keep her eyes or hands off the gorgeous Scotsman. She doesn't make it through a week and soon is head over heels in lust with the Scot. But she feels terrible that she's lying to him and wonders what will be her fate when he finds out the truth though she's too busy at the moment exploring every inch of him.
But the truth will eventually come out. Will he hear her out or will he shut her away? Her heart anguishes to find the answer, though she figures a few more times in his bed won't hurt, before she tells the truth right?
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