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Legacy of a Rose

By Eileen Kirk


Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

Miss Hannah Winstead, 17, has been raised from the age of three by her guardians, the Godders. When the Godders try to force her into an arranged marriage with Lord Earling, Hannah runs away. Captain Aaron Clarke finds her freezing in a barn in London and not wanting to leave her to a cruel fate, takes her on board his ship bound for America. A gentleman by birth and inclination, he takes Hannah into his home and employs her as governess to his wards.

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Miss Hannah Winstead, 17, has been raised from the age of three by her guardians, the Godders. When the Godders try to force her into an arranged marriage with Lord Earling, Hannah runs away. Captain Aaron Clarke finds her freezing in a barn in London and not wanting to leave her to a cruel fate, takes her on board his ship bound for America. A gentleman by birth and inclination, he takes Hannah into his home and employs her as governess to his wards.

One of Hannah’s new acquaintances is a sultry beauty, Maria Compton. Aaron falls under her spell, and when Hannah tries to warn him that Maria is not what she seems, he becomes angry and they quarrel.

While Hannah is trying to cope with her romantic difficulties, she is haunted by the mystery of her past. Where was she born? What happened to her parents? Why did her own governess warn her of danger? Who wrote the mysterious letter she found in her guardians’ library? Why did the Godders attempt to force her into marriage? These are questions that seem unanswerable, but unknown to Hannah, the past will pursue her. She possesses knowledge that is dangerous to others, and there are people in her life that will stop at nothing to defeat her.

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  • Format : Paperback | eBook
  • Publication Date : June 14, 2016
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1-910282-49-6
  • Product Dimensions : 5 x 8 inches | 203 x 133mm

About The Author

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Eileen Kirk (Joyce Eileen Back) is an American writer and teacher. Eileen’s fascination with life in the 1800s began when she started reading historical novels as a teenager. Heavily influenced by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Winston Graham’s Poldark series, she began pondering the possibility of writing a historical novel herself. She began writing Legacy of a Rose (Knox Robinson, 2015) in 2011. She was especially influenced by two important movements during the mid-1800s: the worldwide abhorrence of slavery that resulted in a number of countries, with the exception of the United States, ending slavery peacefully; and the influence of Charles Darwin’s theories on scientific study. The plight of women during this period was also a consideration; she wanted to explore the emotions and actions of a very young woman facing an arranged marriage. Poverty in England was a factor also. Eileen has visited England several times and has a lifelong love of the country and its literature. She knew from reading Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey that there were “some very pretty villas about Richmond” in the early 1800’s. An imaginary villa in Richmond became the setting for the first chapter of Legacy of a Rose, and the author cannot imagine a more beautiful place for a love story to begin. Legacy of a Rose is Eileen’s first novel to be published by Knox Robinson. Her other publications include three plays. Eileen lives in Groton, Connecticut, and teaches writing at Three Rivers Community College.

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