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Bride of Wolfstone Manor – A historical gothic mystery (Masters of Wolfstone Manor Book 1)

by Lisa Greer.

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Bride of Wolfstone Manor – A historical gothic mystery (Masters of Wolfstone Manor Book 1)

Is her husband of convenience a man…or a beast?

In Victorian England, 20 year old Anne Cumberfield has lost everything because of her father’s gambling debts. A distant relative, Lord Wolfstone, Ignatius Wright by his given name, makes an arrangement with her father; he is in need of a wife for propriety’s sake, and Anne needs to be married or put into service. With little say in the matter due to her father’s controlling nature, Anne is married off to a man she has never seen and is sent to the strange and isolated moors of North Yorkshire.

While the mysterious Lord Wolfstone is alluring, all is not well at Wolfstone Manor. Anne decides to make the best of her situation and to try to become a true wife to Lord Wolfstone. But strange howls in the night, dark secrets, and murders from the past rise up to haunt the new bride. Will Anne live to learn the bloody family secret, and if she does, will she be able to love the beast who shares her bed?

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I glanced over at the man—my soon-to-be husband—with one short pronouncement in mere seconds from now. He towered over me, a well built man as any woman could see who breathed. His hair was a true black like a raven’s shiny bluish feathers but with a shocking hank of white on the right side. I wondered if he had been born with such hair, or if time and worry had caused it. Surely, those strange locks of hair must be a sign of something. His teeth were finely shaped, but sharp in some way I could not have defined. They only looked unnatural, but they added to his appeal.

In short, the man had a fine visage and appearance, but I did not love him. So, it mattered little to me that I was marrying a striking man and the lord of a manor who was in the textile industry.

A tear slid down my cheek, but I lifted my chin. We had made it through the reading of the bans. No one spoke up. Not that anyone would since only the groom, my sister who was my one maid, two ushers, my father, me, and the parson were present. What a sad wedding day. I had hoped for so much more as a young girl, and after being part of my sister’s lovely wedding.

“I now pronounce you man and wife,” the parson said, jolting me out of my self pitying reverie.

I was relieved that it was over. Then, Lord Wolfstone took my hand where a new gold band burned my finger like cold fire. In one swift motion, he lifted my veil, and I saw his glittering eyes, a beguiling and unusual burnt umber shade—like an animal’s. He pulled me close to him and pressed a kiss on my lips. His mouth was warm, demanding that I respond. The sensation was not wholly unpleasant, but the impropriety of it was. The whole episode shocked me to the core of my being—that a man would lift his bride’s veil before exiting the church was shame enough. The kiss was an addition to the unseemly nature of the episode.

I clamped my mouth shut with as much decorum as I could. I did not wish to make a scene.

He gave up and gently unhanded me, a smile on his face, his teeth looking even sharper than before. The man had enjoyed it, but I was now his in all real senses of the word, to do with as he wished. I only prayed that he would treat me kindly and that this kiss wasn’t a precursor of other public liberties to come.

I pushed the thought of his behavior and the marriage bed from my mind. I would do what I must. For now, I put one foot before the other as Lord Wolfstone secured my arm under his and we walked out into the cold, gray day as man and wife.

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