The Eagle's Fate
|By Dinah Dean|
|Publisher||Mills & Boon Masquerade Romance #M83|
|Mills & Boon Masquerade Historical Romance Series #|
|Preceded by||Stranger In The Glen|
|Followed by||Man With A Falcon|
Blurb from UK Edition
Thanks to her dead brother's reckless gambling, Princess Nadya Serova's life has been a hard one. Condemned by his profligacy to a life of poverty in the back streets of Moscow, she can no longer afford even the price of a horse and cart to flee from Napoleon's invading army. It seems that she must walk to safety with her possessions on her back and her only protection must come from Captain Andrei Valyev, who freezes into icy enmity at the mention of her name. Hurt by his cruelty, Nadya is distressed to find herself falling in love with him, especially when he so clearly loves Tatya, the very friend who has given her shelter!
Blurb from US Edition
I want nothing to do with the Serov family! Nadya Serov awoke from her slumber on the hard ground as the hiss of these bitter words pierced her consciousness. Immediately she was wide awake and straining to hear the rest.
The angry voice went on, "We can't risk letting our comrades be killed by Napoleon's troops for the sake of one female--particularly a Serov!"
"But if," replied his companion, "we don't escort her to her destination, if we let her go alone, we both know she'll be robbed, raped, and murdered!"
And wrapped in her thin blanket, Nadya shivered.
Why did he seem to dislike her so? Captain Valyev had been kindness itself when he stopped on the road to give assistance to Nadya, one of a vast crowd of refugees fleeing before Napoleon's advancing army. But the moment she told him her full name, his attitude had changed to chill hostility.
Gradually she understood that his behaviour had something to do with her deceased brother, whom she had barely known. But what did the captain's feelings matter, she thought. She could tolerate his rudeness, his disdain. She wanted only to be delivered safely to her destination.
Yet it wasn't long before she realized, to her consternation, that this wasn't enough!
- 1981, July - Paperback Release (Mills & Boon Masquerade Historical Romance #M83) (UK Original Release)
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