He first spies her in the shadows outside a London theatre, a ravishing creature forced to barter her body to survive.
To the woman known simply as Fleur, the well-dressed gentleman with the mesmerizing eyes is an unlikely savior. And when she takes the stranger to her bed, she never expects to see him again. But then Fleur accepts a position as governess to a young girl…and is stunned to discover that her midnight lover is a powerful nobleman. As two wary hearts ignite–and the threat of scandal hovers over them–one question remains: will she be mistress or wife?
- Original Title:The Secret Pearl
- Author:Mary Balogh
- Rating:7.78 / 10
- Publisher:Published November 29th 2005 by Dell (first published 1991)
A large number of you, especially those who have discovered me only recently with the Bedwyn series (the Slightly books), have written to ask me when my backlist is going to be available again. I am as delighted as any of you may be that it is happening now with this republication of The Secret Pearl. The book has a gorgeous new cover but no changes to either the title or the contents—I know that is important to many of you.
The Secret Pearl is often listed by readers as one of their favorites among my books. I think they are drawn to the wounded hero, who is trapped in a world of barren honor, and to the fugitive heroine, who hides deep wounds of her own. They meet under unhappy circumstances, but despite almost overwhelming odds, passion grows between them as they discover healing in each other—until they find themselves confronted with a classic dilemma, the choice between honor and love. Can they have both—and happiness and...