Lush, dark, utterly real and above all achingly romantic— Ruth Ware

A wonderfully thrilling, sweeping romantic historical adventure that keeps you gripped until the last page’ —Rowan Coleman

Lamorna Cove, 1819. In Hester’s opinion, it was exactly like Crow to invite all the men most suspicious of his ambition to drink their cellar dry. Tension rises as politicians and diplomats gather at Nansmornow – but genteel conversation cannot conceal mistrust and treachery for long. A wild heist on a windswept Cornish beach leads Crow to a chess-match of sexual manipulation enacted with terrible precision across the glittering ballrooms of St Petersburg, but also to a passionate young soldier with a secret that must be hidden at all cost. Must Crow pay for past sins with the loss of all that is most precious to him?

All that Hester and Crow hold dear will be tested to the limit and beyond: their love for each other and for their child, and for Crow the loyalty of his only brother. Together, Hester and Crow’s story is one of lust, betrayal, and a love that knows no bounds.

Reader advisory: this book includes mention of PTSD, sexual assault, racism and violence.

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