Author: Arthel CAKE
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
No one owns the future. Fitzwilliam Darcy, handsome, wealthy, heir to the vast estate of Pemberley, is unmarried after a six-year quest for the perfect wife. Elizabeth Bennet, lovely, intelligent and independent, is unmarried after a three-year quest for a husband who will appreciate her as an individual. When Darcy's father George is diagnosed with a fatal illness, he fears that if something happens to his son before another heir is born the Darcy line will end. Mr. Bennet, a highly successful London solicitor, fears his daughter would be destroyed by the life of a spinster. The fathers arrange a marriage between Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth, much to the consternation of the two young people. As the two principals attempt to find common ground for a marriage of convenience, Darcy's initial physical attraction to Elizabeth grows into admiration and love. Elizabeth, however, must grow past her anger and resentment to understand her own heart. But then, as the courtship progresses, a mysterious letter from a dead man brings the reappearance of Darcy's reclusive great-aunt, Lady Agatha Quintain, whose motives may not be as benign as they seem. And a series of robberies perpetrated by Darcy's old nemesis Wickham agitates high society and ends in the attempted murder of a family member, drawing Darcy into the pursuit. Joined by Colonel Fitzwilliam and a stranger with a personal vendetta against Wickham, they discover their quarry's long-standing grudge against his mentor puts George Darcy in immediate deadly danger. Now as Darcy and Elizabeth begin their lives together, Wickham's plan for revenge takes a murderous turn, while Lady Agatha follows her own plans to right an ancient wrong, whatever the cost to the Darcys. Thus is set in motion a series of devastating events that will force Darcy and Elizabeth to face a terrible secret from the past, with the power to threaten not only their marriage, but everyone and everything they love. And to ultimately put Pemberley itself in peril.