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~ S.G. Rogers
The sole survivor of a train accident, young Larken Burke is dubbed the Miracle Orphan. Four years later, however, her life is far from fortunate. Because of her emotional and physical scars, she believes she’s un-marriageable. With little hope for the future, she agrees to wed a gentleman she’s never met. Unfortunately, his aloof manner proves difficult to take.
Marked by romantic tragedy and the loss of his brother, Brandon King has forsworn marriage. Obliged to take in a ward, he advertises for a mail-order bride to raise the boy. Since the union is to be a marriage in name only, his criteria are youthful age, a certain level of intellect, good breeding, and that the girl shouldn’t be so ill-favored she would embarrass him in society. To his dismay, he gets more than he’d bargained for.
Will it take a miracle for Mr. and Mrs. King to fall in love, or is their marriage another accident waiting to happen?
“Wait! I’m to be married tomorrow?”
“Aye. Mr. King is leaving to pick up his ward directly after the ceremony. I don’t know where he’s traveling, but I understand it’s a long way off.” She tilted her head as she regarded Larken. “Are you doing this out of your own free will, lass?”
“Y-Yes. I suppose I am. Why?”
“It’s just that you’re such a pretty thing.” She shrugged and made a tsking sound as she headed for the door. “Oh, well, I’ll let you settle in.”
“I’m not to meet Mr. King tonight?”
“I’m afraid not.”
Mrs. Mason bustled from the room, leaving Larken nonplussed and slightly dizzy. Her feeling of disorientation was not helped by the fact she’d eaten nothing since breakfast, and very little then. Before she could even put down her reticule, James lugged her trunk into the room and set it at the foot of the bed.
“Would you like me to put your trunk someplace else?” he asked.
“No. I’m sure it’s fine right there.”
He grinned. “I thought you’d be different. We all did.”
“In what way?”
“You know. Plain. It’s a shame, honestly.”
“What do you mean?” She was taken aback. “Is Mr. King really that awful?”
“I shouldn’t have said anything.”
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