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Highest Stakes

ISBN: 9781402236433

By: Emery Lee

Published: 04/01/2010

A tale of drama, danger, thwarted love, and retribution set in the high stakes gentleman’s world of 18th century horse racing, where fortunes could be won… and lost…

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WHAT WOULD YOU WAGER FOR LOVE?

In the high stakes gentleman's world of 18th century horseracing, when the blood of the "desert kings" ruled the English turf, a hero returns from war to claim the girl he has loved since he first spied her riding hell-for-leather over the Doncaster heath. Determined to have her at any cost, he will risk everything.

A story of star-crossed lovers and horseracing, THE HIGHEST STAKES transports the reader to 18th century England, an era infamous for corruption, arranged marriages, and high stakes gambling; when racing and breeding became the obsession of the uppermost elite, and a match race might replace a duel in settling a point of honor.

Through the fictional love story of Robert Devington and Charlottte Wallace, a tale of drama, danger, thwarted love, and retribution unfurls...

About the Author

Emery Lee

Emery Lee is a life-long equestrienne, a history buff, and a born romantic. Combine the three and you have the essence of her debut novel: a tale of love, war, politics, and horseracing. A member of Romance Writers of America, she lives with her husband, sons, and two horses in upstate South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Prologue                                     vii
Part I 1
1  Of Victory and Defeat                         3
2  Of Sedition and Horseracing                     17
3  An Orphan’s Tale                             33
4  Trial by Fire                                 57
5  Corporal of the Horse                        69
6  A Bitter Rivalry                             83
7  Letters from War                            93
8  The Challenge                               97
9  Report from the Field                        107
10  Brothers-in-Arms                           117
11  A Hero’s Welcome                         133
12  A Rogue’s Heart                          149
13  A Wager for Love                          161
14  An Officer and a Gentleman                   175
15  The Rematch                             197
16  Broken Promises                          213
Part II 223
17  A Tale of Two Secrets                      225
18  The Business of Marriage                    233
19  Of Treachery and Extortion                  239
20  Return of the Prodigal                      245
21  The Devil Meets His Match                  263
22  Race to Gretna Green                      275
23  The Betrayal                              287
24  The Price of Integrity                       309
25  King of the Turf                           323
26  Salt in the Wound                          339
27  The Reluctant Bride                         351
28  An Unlikely Confidante                      367
29  Love’s Sacrifice                             381
30  Military Justice                             387
31  A Serendipitous Meeting                    393
Part III 405
32  A Woman of Independence                  407
33  The Turning Point                         419
34  Heir to an Earldom                         427
35  An Act of Vengeance                        433
36  A Matter of Honor                         441
37  An Old Flame Rekindled                    453
38  Countess of the Turf                       469
39  A Colonial Crown                          473
40  A Revelation                              489
41  An Irresistible Challenge                     503
42  Retribution                              511
43  Resurrection                              521
44  Redemption                               531
Epilogue 537
Bibliography 539
Acknowledgments                           543
About the Author 545

Excerpt

Robert Devington was growing more anxious by the moment. Once more he scanned the crowded and bustling paddocks. The call had already sounded for the first race in which Charles Wallace was to ri

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“Lee does her homework. She set up the historical context really well... I love seeing someone who can research and apply that research well.” - SmartBtichesTrashyBo...

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Specs

Format: eBook PDF

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 5.25 in
Weight: 0.00 oz
Page Count: 560 pages

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