Anna and the Duke

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Anna

At the very least, anyone else in Anna Welsley's position would be satisfied. Anna is to inherit a fortune, and after a glittering London debut last Season, she is now engaged to a duke's son. Anna herself does not understand the vague feeling of dissatisfaction. While her mother industriously plans Anna's wedding, Anna herself reads poetry and wonders if what she's in is love or just an arrangement.

The Duke

As the estranged Scottish son of an English duke who has just died, Ewan MacLaughlin is the reluctant heir to his father's title. Arriving in London, he must face his father's widow, half sister, and half brother, Richard, who was fully expecting to become the duke himself. While acquainting himself with his newfound relations, Ewan finds himself more and more often in the company of Richard's fiancee, the beautiful Anna.

When it becomes clear that Richard is conspiring against Ewan, Anna is compelled to warn Ewan. But what begins in innocence soon becomes betrayal as Anna finds the answer to the question in her heart -- in Ewan.

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About the Author:

Kathryn Smith began writing at age eight. For the next nine years she continued in her attempts to entertain students and teachers alike with her stories. But not until she was in her mid-twenties did she gather up the courage to follow her dream. She sent one of her books to a publisher. Four months later she was offered a contract.

Kathryn, her husband, Steve, and their cat, Mufasa, now live in Ottawa, Ontario, where Kathryn spends her days in front of her computer making up characters and plots. She loves writing romance and happy endings, but she has a couple of ideas she'd like to pursue someday as well. One is for a gothic-horror series about a vampire hunter.

Kathryn's adult titles include Elusive Passion, A Seductive Offer, and Scandalous Proposal.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 9 Up-Ewan MacLaughlin has spent his entire life in Scotland, believing that his father's leaving broke his mother's heart and caused her death. When a messenger arrives telling the young man that his father is dead and that he is now a duke, he travels to England to claim his title and meet the stepfamily he never knew existed. While his stepmother and stepsister welcome him with open arms, his stepbrother is not pleased to be giving up a title and the inheritance that he needs to pay off his ever-increasing gambling debts. Richard plots with his fiancee's mother to expose Ewan as a fraud and thus regain the title and money. Meanwhile, Ewan and Anna are quickly falling in love, forcing the young woman to choose between the stepbrothers. While this is a typical romance novel, with true love winning out in the end, it is the underlying suspense of Richard's scheming that keeps readers interested.
Kim Carlson, Monticello High School, IA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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