1416507167 / 9781416507161
Abraham St. Charles was dead according to the letter his wife Marguerite had received from the army. She had left him on their wedding day because she knew that when he said he'd give her time to change, that he was going to enlist. And because she was pregnant. Marguerite was afraid of the war and afraid for her unborn child so she went to France with her father. But when he found out that she was with child even before she eloped with Bram St. Charles, he disowned her. She sought out her mother's relatives and they took her in. In order to earn money, Marguerite modeled for Monsuier Jolliet whose paintings of her became famous, and then so did Marguerite. She met the wealthy Algernon Bolingbrooke III and they are to be married. But on their wedding day, before hundreds of guests, the dead Bram St. Charles interrupts the ceremony by objecting that she is already his wife. His accusation causes quite a commotion and Bram makes off with Marguerite. The couple return to Bram's home in Virginia but they distrust each other. Marguerite believes her husband fought for the south and betrayed his honor and his beliefs. Bram thinks she abandodned him without any reason, except that she didn't really love him. But Bram refuses to let her go and insists that they will resume their marriage where they left off, on their wedding night. Bram worked for the newly formed Secret Service and inflltrated the southern army. Now he must complete one final assignment before he is completely discharged. His covert activities place both of them in danger and Marguerite has further cause for mistrusting him, especially when his friend implies that Bram came by his wealth by dishonorable means. But Bram and Marguerite must somehow rekindle their feelings for each other and learn to trust again.