An Embarrassment of Riches

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‘Here she is!’ Alexander was shouting. ‘This is your new daughter-in-law! An Irish peasant . . . An illegitimate . . . illiterate . . . Irish peasant!’

1860: Alexander Karolyis, only son of the wealthiest entrepreneur in New York, spends most of his adolescence battling within his father. Nothing he does is considered correct. The girl he loves is highly unsuitable, his behaviour is unruly, and, in a last-ditch attempt to marry him off to a suitable Protestant aristocrat, his father packs him off on a European Grand Tour.

And while Alexander was feuding with his father, beautiful Maura Sullivan, illegitimate daughter of an Irish peasant, was befriended and raised by Lord Clanmar on his idyllic Ballacharnish estate. Only when he died unexpectedly did Maura’s world crash about her ears. His will left her little option but to leave Ireland and start a new life in New York.

It was there, on the emigrant boat to America, that Maura and Alexander met for the first time – she in the poverty of the steerage section, he as a privileged first-class passenger. It was there that Maura fell overwhelmingly in love with the spoilt young aristocrat whose heart was full of hatred for his father. And it was only when it was too late that Maura realised she had been used as a weapon of revenge and must enter the world of New York society who had nothing but contempt for the new bride of the Karolyis family.

About Margaret Pemberton

Margaret Pemberton is the bestselling author of over thirty novels in many different genres, some of which are contemporary in setting and some historical.

She has served as Chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has three times served as a committee member of the Crime Writers’ Association. Born in Bradford, she is married to a Londoner, has five children and two dogs and lives in Whitstable, Kent. Apart from writing, her passions are tango, travel, English history and the English countryside.

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The Guilty Secret
The Guilty Secret
Tapestry of Fear
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Lion of Languedoc
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Flight to Verechenko
Flight to Verechenko
Devil's Palace
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African Enchantment
African Enchantment
Party in Peking
Party in Peking
Forever
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The Flower Garden
The Flower Garden
Silver Shadows, Golden Dreams
Silver Shadows, Golden Dreams
Never Leave Me
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A Multitude of Sins
A Multitude of Sins
White Christmas In Saigon
White Christmas In Saigon
Zadruga
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Moonflower Madness
Moonflower Madness
Forget-Me-Not Bride
Forget-Me-Not Bride
Yorkshire Rose
Yorkshire Rose
A Many-Splendoured Thing
A Many-Splendoured Thing
The Four of Us
The Four of Us
The Londoners
The Londoners
Magnolia Square
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Coronation Summer
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