Get it at Amazonfrom our B review: Three weeks after her mother’s death, Katherine Daltry’s father remarried and brought home a stepmother and stepsister for Katherine. Unfortunately for all concerned, he died soon after, leaving Kate in the hands of her stepmother, Mariana. And, like the fairytale, Kate becomes the maid-of-all-work and defender of the estate’s tenants, yet she has backbone and gives as good as she gets from her greedy, materialistic stepmother. When Mariana demands that Kate attend a ball posing as Victoria, her beautiful stepsister, with Victoria’s own fiancé in order to meet and get the approval of his relatives, even Kate is unsure she will be able to pull it off. However, to help a particular family of tenants, she, along with Lord Dimsdale, otherwise known as Algie, set out to convince Prince Gabriel that Victoria and Algie should marry. Prince Gabriel Albrecht-Frederick William von Aschenberg of Warl-Marburg-Baalsfeld needs an heiress to fund the upkeep of Pomeroy Castle and feed its ever increasing inhabitants. When his older brother the grand duke succumbed to religious fervor, he expelled from his court all those he considered not quite as righteous as himself, leaving Gabriel with his cast off relatives and a menagerie of exotic animals to care for. While dealing with his immediate problems, his very own heiress, whom he’s never met, is slowly making her way to his castle for their betrothal ball. The prince’s only desire, however, is to be in Tunis excavating the city of Carthage instead of worrying about balls and relatives. At first meeting, neither Gabriel nor Kate (posing as Victoria) is impressed with the other. He thinks she’s unattractive and overly bold, while she thinks he’s completely self-centered and vain. However, she’s the first to see the man behind the title and he’s intrigued. She, on the other hand, is more than attracted to his smoldering visage and sense of duty. Though furthering their relationship is pointless, neither can resist letting the small amount of time they have together go to waste.
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