|Present, the (1998) [Novel]|
by Johanna Lindsey
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Series: Malory Series
(From the publisher):
As the entire Malory family gathers at Haverston to celebrate the season, all is not well. Underlying tensions threaten to dampen the holiday spirit -- until a mysterious present that arrives anonymously is opened and shared by all.
The gift is an old journal - a tender and tempestuous account of the love affair between the second Marquis, Christopher Malory, and a dark gypsy beauty named Anastasia, who seeks a love match with a non-gypsy in order to save herself from a pre-arranged marriage to a brute. Though the dashing English lord Anastasia sets her sight upon burns for the exquisite, exotic miss, Christopher could never consent to wed such a lowborn lady. But miracles have been known to happen in this season of peace and giving and love, as two extraordinary people separated by circumstance of birth begin a passionate dance of will and wiles. And in the miraculous blossoming of a glorious romance at a long ago Christmas time, there are wise and well-learned lessons that will enrich the hearts of the Malory descendants, and indeed, of everyone who has ever dreamed.
Original title: The Present
Genre: Fiction→ Romance→ Historical→ Victorian