It is 1666, and young heiress Elizabeth Mallet is in London, stifled by the restrictions imposed by her family and unimpressed by the suitors her mother is trailing in front of her. Yet Elizabeth is convinced that it is her destiny to find, in this thrilling capital city, a man of passion and excitement, the man who will be her soulmate. When she meets the dashing but penniless John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, her heart is instantly lost to him and she must make him hers.
This spellbinding romance takes place at the heart of bawdy Restoration London, against a backdrop of momentous events in English history: the Plague, the Great Fire and war against the Dutch. Will the determined Elizabeth get what she so desires ‑ wedded bliss in an era of loose social mores and strategic marital liaisons? Or will the promiscuous Rochester’s seeming dread of marriage end up leaving her frustrated and broken-hearted? This intimate and intricate historical tragic-comedy will transport you back to the Devil’s year and the romance of the century.
A story of true love, it shows a side of the notorious earl never told in fictional accounts such as Forever, Amber and The Libertine.
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What is this force that made me feel my Lord of Rochester before I ever met him and that now draws me to him as if we were two raindrops on a pane?
It is something deeper than marital affection, deeper than character. My lord draws me as I draw breath.
And I seem powerless to resist.
Also see a reference to this novel in Lord Rochester in the Restoration, Google Books: