by Julianne MacLean
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Madeline Oxley is summoned from England to the British colony of Nova Scotia to marry her sister's beau, who just happens to be the man of her dreams. On arrival she discovers that she isn't the one he wanted to marry.
Adam Coates knows Madeline is the wrong sister and publicly rejects her. He immediately sends for a proxy marriage to England to correct the mistake. The wait is long as Madeline lives in his house and act as governess. Forbidden love grows until Madeline's older sister arrives.
Now Adam can see no way out of marriage to a woman he no longer loves, and the inclement weather of Nova Scotia causes an accident that makes matters much worse.
Madeline Oxley could not completely fault Adam Coates. Her father had hoodwinked them both . . . but now that she stood at last before him, how could she ever walk away?
Madeline gritted her teeth. "Sir, you are not the only one who has been inconvenienced by this, I just spent forty-six days on a damp, creaky ship, and now you tell me in front of everyone that I'm not the one you ordered, and I shouldn't have bothered. I believe I've had quite enough insults for one day. My father assured me you had asked for my hand. I had no reason to question the truth of it."
Adam's chest heaved with a sigh. "No reason to question it? Do you not have a mind of your own?"
Oh, this was too much. "To tell you the truth, Mr. Coated, I do have a mind of my own - a mind to poke my father with a knitting needle, and if I may say so, you could use a poke yourself!"
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