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In the spring of 1816, Broderick Ashbourne, the second son of the Marquess Leeds, and Inez, the woman of his life and the daughter of a lowly merchant, shared a passionate night only to be forced apart in the cold light of reality.
Heartbroken and separated due to their families and mounting personal tragedies, the two settled in to their prospective lives as his troublesome family takes centre stage and she comes to terms with the loss of both of her parents.
Broderick contends with his parting from Inez by rebuilding the fortune his older brother Alan stole when he faked his death to run off with his cousin’s wife.
While Inez contemplates moving on with someone less emotionally taxing, but she loves him… so she waits with hope they'll find away.
Years later, Broderick is back on English soil, as an infamous Lord with rumours of piracy following him. He finds upon his return, a captivating Inez who had, in his absence, evolved from a pretty young girl into an elegant, grounded woman who approaches life with a sense of humour and a thoughtful sensitivity.
The novel Leeds is a 100,000+ words historical romance set in 1800’s England when the two reunite after a chance meeting and spend a soulful afternoon alone discussing loss and love. Unfortunately, before they are able to find new resolve, they are discovered alone and are forced to contemplate a marriage that neither believes the other wants.
They marry, days later, after old passions are made obvious but they are both still apprehensive about declaring the love they so clearly feel. A matter that is only made worst when the misguided Alan reappears, bringing with him new troubles, the most pressing of which being the inheritance of the title now that their father is dead.
There is also a band of those hurt by Alan’s actions out for his blood and it’s left up to Broderick to prevent his brother’s murder, now his victims are aware of his return.
Through it all, Rick and Inez maintain an unflinching support for each other and soon triumph over all obstacles, proving once more that love conquers all.
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