The Beauty and the Beast: a haunted and hidden lord, a desperate young beauty, and a marriage of convenience between two people who yearn for more….
James Markland, Lord Falconer, knows that he is ugly, very ugly, and he lives a life of seclusion, wearing a heavily cowled mantle to conceal his face from the world. When he learns that a neighboring girl, the exquisite, young Ariel Hawthorne, is about to be sold into marriage with a revolting lecher, he offers her the only protection he can: his name. Of course it will be a marriage in name only, because what woman could want him?
A talented artist, Ariel is cursed by her beauty and vulnerability. Though she never sees her husband’s face, she is drawn to his kindness and generosity, but he is determined to push her away. Will he allow her to love him before it’s too late? Perhaps the magic of Christmas can bring them together….
This seasonal stand-alone Regency novella is also published in the author’s Christmas Revels collection.
About the Author
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author, Mary Jo Putney’s novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs, three Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, and the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from Romance Writers of America, she has had numerous books listed among Library Journal’s and Booklist’s top romances of the year.