Bride Of A Distant Isle (Daughthers Of Hampshire Book 2)
Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short, but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school on strict orders of her cousin, Edward Everedge.
Annabel protests, but with little effect. As the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. She must remain at Highcliffe Hall at the mercy of Edward, the current owner. Edward, however, is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. Edward demands that Annabel marry, and promises her to a frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, documents, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.
With only a few months to prove her legitimacy, Annabel accepts the assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell’Acqua. But does he have Annabel’s best interests at heart?
And will Annabel regain her property—and follow her heart—before it’s too late?