The Slightest Provocation

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Book Description

As the children of feuding Derbyshire landowners, Mary Penley and Christopher (Kit) Stansell were supposed to be enemies. Too willful to be bound by their families' prejudices, they became secret friends instead--and then much more than friends. When they eloped, they thought they'd put rivalry and contention behind them. But neither ardor nor marriage could overpower their own restless natures....

Nine years later, Kit is a rising star in the military, while Mary has made her way in a raffish intellectual society of poets and reformers. A chance meeting reignites their passion. But they live for very different values: Kit wants to maintain order in the land, Mary to challenge the repressions of the day.

Their differences are put aside when they uncover a political conspiracy that threatens all of England. Amid danger and disillusionment, Kit and Mary rediscover the bonds that are stronger than time, the selves who have never really parted--and the love that is their destiny....

Cover painting: Margaret, Countess of Blessignton by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830).