Bound by Love - Intimate Strangers by Edith Layton
ISBN: 0671535315 Pocket

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He sailed to England for revenge...
She journeyed there for love.

Five-year-old Della Kensington first saw the proud, half-starved bond boy who dared call himself a dispossessed earl on the docks of Virginia Colony. The moment she laid eyes on him she loved him. And from that day, in spite of all evidence, she believed his bizarre story; that he was truly Jared St. Andrew Bellington, Earl of Aveston -- nobly born, kidnapped, and sold into bondage.

Della had grown into a woman wanting him. Jared had grown into a man burning for revenge. When at last he could return to his beloved Hawkstone Hall, he entered a world of bejeweled ladies and elegantly attired gentlemen, a world he intended to conquer -- no matter the cost to his life. Fashionable Georgian England dazzled sweet Della, but her eyes remained clear. She saw that if Jared gained everything he'd sought, she might lose him forever, and he might lose his chance at real happiness. She was ready to fight on this new terrain for his love -- dancing a quadrille of intrigue and desire, risking all, and challenging his elegant world with her irrepressible heart.

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From the Critics
Kristina Wright - Literary Times
...In this heart warming tale, Edith Layton creates a hero that is handsome, yet scarred; strong, yet vulnerable. Jared is a man without a name and Della is his savior, even if he doesn't realize it. Their love story is poignant and special, all the more so because Ms. Layton shows them as children growing up in a new world and finding their way together. Bound by Love is a lovely tribute to the power of love and the importance of friendship and family.

"A richly textured novel of the highest quality! Edith Layton has penned a romance that will touch your heart!"

Edith Layton is a unique voice in romantic fiction! Bound by Love is is her finest work... so far!"

"Entertaining and emotionally compelling! Fast paced plotting, flawless dialog, well-rounded characters and a love so powerful it will take your breath away -- what more could a reader want?"

Mary Jayne Farpella - Affaire de Coeur
Edith Layton is a master at creating wonderful romances...

Rickey R. Mallory - Affaire de Coeur (4 1/2 Stars)
...The love story of Della and Jared is sweet and simple, like the best faerie tales. Edith Layton has a skillful touch with writing. Her characters insinuate themselves into the readers' consciousness like true friends, and her description and plotting are nearly impeccable. Bound by Love will make you remember why you love romance.

Michall Phifer - Romantic Times (Excellent)
...Bound by Love has many plot twists that will keep the reader guessing at what will happen next. The poignant characters and their situations are particularly well drawn. The hero's tragic childhood makes the resilient man very appealing. This reader hopes that Ms. Layton's next novel with feature the younger brother.

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